It’s time for something that I’ve been dreading ever since Dominic was born. Potty training boys is definitely something that I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about. The thought of it alone already makes me want to grab a glass of wine. Sadly, there’s no escaping it now. Dominic is literally in the middle of terrible twos. I want to put him in school soon so it’s about that time. Just in case you’re potty training boys at home as well, I thought I’d create a list of all the things I’m going to need and have started to purchase to prepare.
What You Need To Start Potty Training Boys
Potty training boys is definitely a different ball game than potty training girls. I remember when we started potty training my little brother. Sheesh, if that wasn’t a tough one. It took him forever to get the hang of using the toilet bowl. Don’t even get me started on getting him to stand up to pee. It took a very long time until we finally taught him that one. I’m hoping since I’m a SAHM that I’ll be able to tackle potty training Dominic in way less time with no doubt the same amount of stress.
Potties, Potty Seats, & Step Stools
Last year, I prematurely tried to potty train Dominic. He was about 18 months and I thought it’s time to get started early. Heck, I was seeing people start at 9 months. Clearly, he was behind schedule “sarcastic voice”. True to being a first-time mom, I took a stab at it way too early. The Summer Infant potty I pictured above is the one I purchased and it worked extremely well. Dominic would pee in the potty. I just couldn’t get him to not pee on my floor haha. Point is, it’s my recommendation for your potty purchase. It looks just like a real toilet bowl and makes flushing sounds to make it easier for kids to mimic.
You’ll also want to give potty seats and step stools a try as well. I’ve purchased a potty seat myself. I just need to get a step stool. But, I figure that’s not the beginners potty training so I have a little bit of time.
Lots of Toddler Underwear
Waterproof Mattress Cover/Mattress
By the time it’s time to start potty training, you’ve probably bought your toddler a crib mattress years ago. If that’s the case, check if its waterproof. If not, you’ll need to make a small investment in waterproof mattress covers. Since we moved back home with family for my husband’s deployment, we had to get a toddler bed and toddler mattress. I ended up getting a waterproof mattress one time since I know we’re going through an “accident” phase. It makes cleanup soooo much easier.
Pull ups (pictured above) are my favorite training pants to use for Dominic. Even though we haven’t fully started potty training, I’ve had Dominic in Pull ups training pants for a while. Since Dominic was in the last size of diapers, each box had way less diapers than usual. Pull ups has more in each box for his size so it was a win-win. Thankfully, I know what I like already so choosing Pull ups training pants is a no brainer for potty training.
You better believe you will need loads of wipes! The amount of mess and accidents that you’re about to witness and clean. Best to just have it ready for when it happens. Because there is no doubt that you’ll have to clean up some accidents while potty training your toddler. I usually buy a box of wipes anyways. If you do as well, you should be all set.
The Remaining Optional Items
- Lysol wipes
- Toddler Urinal
- Potty watch
- Extra clothes ( If you live in cold-weather)
- Snacks/Treats for motivation
- A teddy/toy for company
- A tablet to view cartoons / favorite videos if a TV is unavailable.
“Potty Training Boys” Comment & Exchange
PIN IT FOR LATER:
Have you ever potty trained a toddler before? If so, drop some tips below to help me prepare for the nightmare of potty training during terrible twos I’m about to experience. Okay, “nightmare” is a drastic but it will definitely be a task nonetheless.
Until next time…..