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From potties to mattress protectors, there are several potty-training essentials to stock up on before you begin toilet learning. But first, you want to make sure that your toddler is ready. According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, kids are typically eager to transition from diapers to the potty sometime between two and four years old. Watch for the signs—like showing an interest in the toilet, having regular bowel movements and being able to keep a diaper dry for several hours in a row. When you think it’s time, the key to success is patience—and the right tinkle-time gear! We’ve rounded up all the potty-training supplies you’ll need, plus advice to help you along the way.

Bathroom Necessities

Fisher-Price Cheer for Me Potty

132 Reviews

A pint-sized potty is less intimidating than a full-sized toilet and easier to use. With this Fisher-Price potty, your child will be able to lift the lid, sit down and pull off squares of their own toilet paper. The bucket also pops out for easy cleaning and the seat can be moved to the big toilet when your little one’s ready. Best of all, the potty rewards toddlers with songs and words of praise for every, ahem, “contribution.”

Bathroom Necessities

Playtex Flexi-Fit Potty Trainer

8 Reviews

Whether they’re graduating from a kiddie potty or ready to head straight from diapers to the real thing, your child will appreciate a seat reducer that fits their tiny bum. This model comes with a splash guard (which is especially helpful for boys who learn to pee sitting down to start) and an anti-slip base to keep your toddler secure when nature calls.

Bathroom Necessities

Dreambaby 2-Up Step Stool

186 Reviews

A step stool will help them get safely onto the toilet and up to the sink to wash their hands afterwards. This one is slip-resistant and has two handles, which makes it easy for your child to maneuver from the toilet to the sink and back again.

Aleva Naturals Foaming Hand Wash

Bathroom Necessities

Aleva Naturals Foaming Hand Wash

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Good hygiene goes hand-in-hand with potty training. To help your child get in the habit of washing after each trip to the toilet, place kids’ soap next to the bathroom sink. It’s easier for little hands to dispense and often comes in a foam, which toddlers enjoy using since it bubbles instantly. Help them practice sudsing for 15 to 20 seconds, or about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday,” then rinse well and dry with a clean towel.

Pull-Ups Learning Designs Training Pants

Diapers and Undies

Pull-Ups Learning Designs Training Pants

2022 Reviews

Some families fast-forward straight from diapers to underwear, while others choose the steppingstone of underwear-like diapers that toddlers can pull on and off. Even if you’re opting to use underwear, these Pull-Ups are handy for preventing mishaps when a quick potty trip just isn’t possible, like during a long car ride or an afternoon at the playground.

Diapers and Undies

Zoocchini Organic Cotton Potty Training Pants

1 Review

These training pants are perfect “my first underwear” for brand-new trainees. They’re made of super-soft stretchy cotton, are brightly coloured and feature cute animal characters. Best of all, they have a double layer of fabric in the crotch to absorb little drips and almost-accidents, which are common in the early weeks and months of potty training.

Diapers and Undies

Fruit of the Loom Toddler Training Pant Underwear

50 Reviews

As you near the end of your potty-training journey, helping your toddler feel like a big kid is a huge deal. Underwear that’s just like mom’s and dad’s will be a big motivator to keep them going in the final stretch. Your kid can even shop online with you to pick out the colour and style they like best.

Diapers and Undies

Parent’s Choice Unisex Nighttime Underwear

6 Reviews

Even once your little one can stay dry all day, it may be months or even years before they’re able to stay dry overnight. You can encourage them to use the potty if they wake up at night and also put them in overnight underwear-style diapers, so no one has to worry about a little nighttime pee accident. Transition out of absorbent underwear after your toddler has a long stretch of keeping dry through the night.

Potty-Training Incentives

Blue Panda Potty Training Reward Chart

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Using the potty is a massive developmental milestone for your toddler. Being able to record, track and see their progress on a chart can go a long way to keeping them motivated. This kit comes with over 50 sheets and 800 stickers to make their accomplishments feel extra fun.

Potty-Training Incentives

Dinosaur Foam Stickers

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Many parents find success if they offer a reward for every potty attempt. And if you start with taking a trip to the toilet every 20 minutes to create the habit and avoid accidents (as is recommended by some experts), you’re going to need a lot of incentives! Candies, stickers and trading cards are great options since you can buy them in large quantities without spending a fortune.

Potty-Training Incentives

Baby Born Surprise Magic Potty Surprise Doll

15 Reviews

You don’t have to go all-out on rewards but if you do want to dangle a really big carrot, a doll could be something for your child to work towards (after a certain number of dry days or checks on the chart, for example). This baby doll is an adorable and on-theme potty training toy: she eats and drinks and then—you guessed it—poops and pees. Did we mention the pee is glittery?

Potty-Training Incentives

Let’s Go Potty! (My First Experiences Storybook)

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If your child is having a hard time getting comfortable with the idea of using the potty, toilet training books can help to normalize the process and make it more fun. Keep a training book, plus a few other favourite reads, next to the potty for your toddler to peruse. Potty-themed games, songs and apps can also be helpful. Your child might also love our best toys of 2021.

Bedtime Prep

Simmons Quilted Mattress Protector

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A stash of at least two mattress protectors is essential. Here’s why: If you make your toddler’s bed with a mattress protector and sheet, then add a second layer of protector and sheet, you’ll be all set to strip the bed when they wake up wet at 3 a.m. All you’ll have to do is pull off the soiled top layer (and clean up your little one) and then everyone can go back to dreamland.

Bedtime Prep

Safdie & Co. Sheet Set Juvenile Printed

5 Reviews

Stock up on two or three sets of sheets. You’ll need them—especially during the initial weeks and months of toilet training. Either layer the spare set and mattress protector on the bed so you can whip off the soiled top layers or keep your spares in a nearby drawer or basket for quick changes.

Bedtime Prep

Bblüv Hibu Silicone Portable Night Light

8 Reviews

Make it easier for them to get to the bathroom in the middle of the night by lighting the way with a few well-placed nightlights. In addition to a standard plug-in style in the bathroom and hallway, put this one next to their bed. It’s soft and portable, so they can pick it up and take it with them to the potty.

Bedtime Prep

Kandoo Flushable Sensitive Wipes

1187 Reviews

These flushable wet wipes are sewer-safe and softer than toilet paper. Plus, they’re similar to baby wipes, so your toddler may be more comfortable using them to start. You’ll still need to help at first, but asking your child to wipe themselves, at least some of the time, is a step toward big-kid independence.

SpongeTowels Ultra Choose-A-Size

Cleaning Supplies

SpongeTowels Ultra Choose-A-Size

40 Reviews

Get ready to get messy! There’s no way around it—you’re going to be doing a lot of wiping up for the next little while. Having a good supply of paper towels, as well as rags and a good mop and bucket, will make all those clean-ups a little easier. You might also like these 10 top spring-cleaning supplies.

Cleaning Supplies

Clorox Clean-Up Disinfectant Bleach Cleaner

270 Reviews

After you’ve wiped up the drips and spills on the floor, don’t forget to clean up with a germ-killing spray. You’ll also want to empty the potty and disinfect the bowl following every successful potty visit.

Cleaning Supplies

Wet Ones Sensitive Skin Alcohol-Free Hand Wipes

152 Reviews

Handwashing is preferable but having hand-sanitizing wet wipes at the ready will keep everyone’s hands clean in between trips to the sink. They’re especially useful during the early days of toilet training, if you’re using a portable potty and moving it around the house instead of leaving it in the bathroom.

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent

Cleaning Supplies

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent

4978 Reviews

You’ve probably guessed it already: There’s a lot more laundry in your near future. This fragrance-free detergent targets stains and odours and can handle all the little pants, underwear and sheets you throw at it. You can even use it as a stain remover for poo accidents by dabbing it directly onto the rinsed area, gently rubbing and then leaving it to soak in. You might also like these tricks for getting your child to help out with chores!

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