Potty Training

So your toddler is finally ready to master the skill of potty training?  Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for potty training supplies that will help excite and motivate your child to leave the diapers behind.  Try to keep an open mind and a positive attitude when starting down the potty training road.  If you make bathroom time fun and stress free, your child will embrace this new concept.

A Note to First-Timers

Most children potty train when they're between 18 months and 3 years old.    iVillage, splash guards for boys, and removable cups can be very helpful. * '''Stability''' keeps your child from being nervous while learning this new skill. ** A potty should be comfortable and easy to sit on, it should not tip easily and it certainly shouldn't leak. ** Some customers complain that certain models have lids that fall down too easily. ** Read reviews to get an idea of how sturdy it may be so you don't end up disappointed. ** Look for a potty with high backs and sides to give full support to your toddler while sitting. * A potty seat should be '''fun to use and colorful.''' ** If the child finds the activity to be enjoyable, the process should go smoother. ** Favorite characters, like Dora, are available in potty training supplies.

Less Important Features

* Flushing sounds mimic the sound a real toilet makes. * Stickers reward good bathroom habits and can be used to decorate the toilet, letting your child know that this is a special possession.

Bottom Line?

$10-$40 will buy you a decent potty training seat.

Trainer to the Real Thing

When your little one is ready to move on to an adult toilet, try Toilet Trainer (by Totco) * Training Rewards Soft Seat Potty & Stepstool (by Graco) * Potty Chair (by BabyBjorn)