Key Take aways:
- Cleaning supplies
- Wipes and toilet paper
- Potty chair
- Potty insert
- Step stool
- Easy soap dispenser and lots of towels
- Designate one bathroom the go-to potty training spot
- Pick up rugs and protect special furniture (especially if your kid goes nude)
- Boost up the thermostat (again, if your kid is running around with few to no clothes on)
article summary: When it comes to preparing your home, you will want to make sure you have the necessary gear you need to help your child succeed. While you may want to go hog wild and buy everything in the potty training aisle at Target, most of that stuff is unnecessary. We find that the following is all you really need:
- A potty chair or potty insert
- Flushable wipes
- Step stool
When preparing your home, try to designate one bathroom as the potty training bathroom - ideally where your child spends most of their time. Also, look for things that may stress you out and try to remove them. For example, if you are worried your child may pee on your beautiful rug you brought back from Morocco, roll it up until they fully trained.
Things to Think About
Just like you have done for every other milestone your child has reached (like putting things in their mouth, crawling, and walking, you will also need to prepare your nest. Potty training is a big adjustment for everyone, so having some control over your space and where this will take place can make both you and your child feel confident, relaxed, and excited.
Designate one bathroom as the main place
If you have multiple bathrooms consider making one the primary potty training spot to avoid confusion. Also, make that spot comfortable and easy for the child to access everything they'd need (soap, towels, toilet paper/wipes, etc). Ideally, this place will be on the main level and close to where your child spends most of their time.
You may feel silly, but get down on your knees and look at the bathroom from your child’s viewpoint. Is something too high? Is it out of reach?
Adjust the thermostat
Set the temperature based on how much time your child will be naked. Many parents have their kids go nude so they can quickly recognize when something takes place in their former diaper area. Make the house as comfortable as possible during these times.
You can easily mix your own cleaning product that is safe to use on just about every surface. Combine vinegar and water in a 50/50 concentration in a spray bottle.
Make sure you also have plenty of paper towels and rags that you can use to clean up any mishaps.
Protect your furniture
Go through your house with fresh eyes and look for things that will cause you a lot of stress if they get peed on. Move them for now. Your child will be impacted by your freak outs, so avoid them ahead of time by getting rid of anything precious during this time. (You likely already did this when your child started crawling.) Roll up the rugs, put a shower curtain on the couch, put away that cashmere blanket that was a wedding gift, etc.
Flushable wipes are seriously the best for when your kid poops. Honestly, toilet paper just doesn't really cut it when kids are learning how to wipe themselves. Plus, if your kid is running around your house nude and sitting on things, well...yea, you probably want them to be squeaky clean.
Potty Chairs and Inserts
Even if you're against them, having a potty chair is a nice option. Many small kids are frightened by the big potty, its sounds, and its behaviors. Little potties can feel like they are the child's, be less intimidating, and can be moved all over the house and yard as needed. You can even take them in the car when you are traveling. Just remember that they're temporary and look to pass them along to a friend as soon as you can.
If you are doing the 3-day method, you may want to be packing some snacks to increase their liquid intake. Salt makes us thirsty, so one of the ways you can get your child repeated practice on the potty is to give them some salty treats to go with their water or juice. Some snacks you may want to have on hand include:
- Goldfish crackers
- Homemade sweet potato chips
- Pretzel crackers
- Ham and cheese slices on crackers
- Salted avocado slices or guacamole with chips
- Edamame dipped in soy sauce
- Salted nut butter and fruit (like apples or bananas)
- Deviled eggs
- Chex Mix