I remember when my daughter would follow me everywhere, even to the restroom. That’s when I decided to buy a potty, and see if she would sit there whenever she would follow me to the restroom. Turned out that she did and loved it!. Every morning as soon as we would wake up she would follow me and sit in her potty, it was super adorable.
I would remove her diaper and just let her do whatever she wanted, maybe sit in the potty, maybe play with it, whatever. After all, it was just for the fun of it. Not too long after we started, she sometimes would actually pee in it, and OMG she would be so happy and excited, and everyday would be looking forward to using it again.
It took basically no effort to potty train her, and I was glad that soon we wouldn’t be needing diapers anymore.
One thing I remember is that choosing a potty wasn’t as straight forward as I had expected. They were so many options claiming to be great, and not only did I need a potty for the house (maybe three, one for each bathroom so she could go to the closest as soon as she needed, and one for grandparents’ house), but also needed a potty to carry with us whenever we would go out. Why? Because I didn’t want to risk that she finally felt the need to go to the potty, but now I would ask her to just pee in the diaper whenever we weren’t at home.
So after some research, buying a few potties and returning some of them, here is what I finally stuck with. I can also say that after 4 years I’m still very happy with my choices.
Potties at home
As she got confident, whenever she felt that she needed to go she would say “ pee pee” and walk to the potty. It was then when I decided to move from diapers to panties during the day. You can certainly find may options out there, but most options would have poor quality and non-cotton material.
I never used training pants or training diapers; it just didn’t work for me. I think that for her, the fact that she would be wearing something that felt different from a diaper helped her to remember that she couldn’t pee in it. Each kid is different; so see what works best for your child.
When my little one turned 2 years old, I got a potty seat to put on top of regular toilets along with this Step Stool since she wanted to be a big girl. I tried at least 3 different seats, I ended up dumping two of them since they would leave marks on her skin, and were not as comfortable as you would expect.
This is the one I liked, and she’s still using it after 2+ years. It’s simple and easy to use, and, the best part, easy to clean if needed.
Potty for traveling
Now, the traveling potty! I can say that I have found what I was looking for and more. Actually I didn’t even know there was such thing as a portable potty. Now I don’t even know what I would do without it.
I needed a portable potty that I could easily carry and was simple to use. I’ve used it everywhere, in the park, in the back seat of the car, in the van’s floor, during a flight as a potty seat. Yes! It can also be used as a potty seat, in public restrooms as potty or potty seat, and at home too with the additional reusable potty cover.
This is the potty I’m talking about. I bought it 3 years back, and still traveling with it because it’s just perfect!
You can use it as a potty seat, and as a potty that stands by itself. It comes with few disposable bags. You can buy more and are not expensive.
Because not all accessories fit every outfit, not all portable potties fit all situations. So I also keep a few of these disposable potty protectors with me when going out. First I would put it on the toilets before putting the potty seat, but now, with a bigger toddler, I use it by itself – very practical and convenient, not to mention she loves the design. Whenever I use the potty seat in public restrooms I put these disposable potty protectors first.
I have travelled with that potty everywhere. It has been to Paris, Spain, Mexico multiple times, and local trips. I’ve had it for over 3 years, and am still using it. It has stayed in great condition, and I wouldn’t change it for anything. The only minor annoyance is that the legs sometimes pull off altogether when you pull them to lock them in the “standing” position. It’s easy to push them back though.
Are you traveling soon and have some questions? What has worked for you? Feel free to comment below, I would love to hear what has worked for other moms.