Here are the things that I recommend you purchase if you are planning on potty training your child “early.” For much more information, see my post on early potty training methodology.
1. “Diaper-Free Before Three“
The “bible” of early potty training. The best book I read on the subject. Clear, comprehensive, lots of examples, very in-touch with today’s modern parent. Simply the best.
2. Baby Bjorn Potty Chair
Pricey, but the design is perfect. Easy to clean, comfortable for the baby to sit on, good backrest, large bowl for waste and high splash guard.
3. Gerber Training Pants in 18-mth size
Disposable pull-ups delay training. Gerber makes a nice cotton training pant at reasonable prices and is one of the few I’ve seen that makes training pants small enough for early starters. These pants were a little large on my daughter when she was a year old, but they worked well.
4. Potty Scotty/Potty Patty Waterproof Cover in Small
Waterproof pants to cover the cotton training pants when you’re worried about accidents. This brand has covered the elastic at the waist and legs in soft binding so it’s comfortable for your little one. I don’t use these all the time, though, because it makes it difficult to tell when your child is going.
5. Dappi Waterproof Diaper Cover in Medium
Another good waterproof cover to go over the training pants. This one is more leak-proof because it fits more tightly around the top of the legs, and it’s less expensive, but it also doesn’t seem as comfortable as the Potty Scotty brand.
6. Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus
A must-have! One of the most useful products. We used the Potette Plus travel potty so we could continue training during a family vacation and it worked perfectly. Sturdy construction, easy to use. Later, it works wonderfully as a toddler toilet seat for public restrooms.
7. Disinfecting Wipes or spray with paper towels
You’ll need some type of disinfecting wipe to wipe out the bowl after dumping/rinsing and to keep the potty chair and floor around it clean.
8. Flushable Wipes
You’ll want a flushable wipe so that when your baby does #2 in the potty chair, you can wipe him/her off and flush it all down the toilet together.
9. Interactive board books
The way you get your child to sit long enough for his/her elimination muscles to relax is to make potty time fun. My kids love lift-the-flap books, sing-a-longs, and other interactive books during potty time, and we keep a bin of books in the bathroom that are reserved for that time.