DIY: Potty Training Prep

Greetings!  I come from the land of potty training.  That’s about all that has been going on at our house for the last three days.  We decided to take on this scary project as we were forced inside following H’s eye surgery.  He really didn’t have much recovery.  The only doctor recommendation was to continue the three times daily antibiotic eyedrops and keep dirt, sand, etc. away from his eyes.  Since this forced “no boy play outside” time, we saw the opportunity and took it.  It also happened to be a dreary and unseasonably cool weekend.  Perfect for potty training!  I mean, it was bad enough doing it.  I can’t imagine had the weather been lovely!  First things first, a shopping list!

-“cool” underwear (trucks, tractors, Elmo, whatever)

-training underwear (found at Toys R’ Us, more absorbent due to extra layer in crotch)

-food treats



-potty or adapter seat for large toilet


-lots and lots of patience (tell me where to pick more of that up at!)

-diapers (still need them for naps and night)

-juice or favorite drink

-watermelon (just be prepared…)

I did most the shopping the days leading up to the big weekend.  I also did a few Google searches online as well as consulted this book


I think the most important statements from all I read were…

You will need to clear your schedule.  Do not plan to go anywhere or do much of anything.  Have several pairs of underwear ready to go.  Patience, patience, patience.  There will be many accidents on the first day.  He or she will not “just know” when he/she has to pee.  It is called training for a reason!

Here are some pictures of our prep…


Goldfish and M&M’s – potty rewards

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We had books ready to go in the bathroom for passing the time.  A crazy sticker chart…gift bag full of potty prizes…you name it!  The night before I felt so prepared.  Ha!  When we woke up Saturday morning, we felt like maybe it would be easier to get a newborn to sleep through the night or possibly run a marathon with absolutely no preparation.  We are still in Day 3 of potty training.  I’ll share more tomorrow about how our full three days went.  All I can say for now is there was definitely no fun happening at the potty party.  🙂

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