Nov 27, 2011

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Operation Potty Training: The Arsenal!

The subject SAP has been prepped for potty training, the time  has come to set up the Arsenal of equipment needed to potty train!
What have we chosen in our Operation Potty Training Arsenal and why?

To start I need 5 Days Off Work!  This was not planned but rather just happened, but a minimum of 5 days where we did not need to go anywhere was needed for Operation Potty Train

Then it was time for the potties!  We started with the Baby  Bjorn Potty Chair.  We liked this chair for it’s simple design, not too many parts (so SAP would hopefully not PLAY with it!), was easy to clean, and had a high back so she could lean back and relax if she wished.  We got ours in blue!    SAP calls this her “little potty”. I also love that Baby Bjorn is BPA free!

The “little potty” was left in her bedroom for nap and bed time potty time, for most potty training we ended up using the Boon Potty!  This potty SAP loves and calls her “big potty”.  It is comfy for her to sit on, nice wide base so when she sits she doesn’t miss, the compartments are perfect for little books and keeping her cloth wipes.  So far this potty stays in our living room but some day it will be moved to the traditional bathroom! I got this on clearance on Ecomom.com end of the year last year sale and it has sat in SAP’s closet that long until now and she is super excited to use it!

Since we knew SAP would have accidents to start out the first few days we started out with training pants that could hold a pee but were slightly waterproof and wouldn’t ruin our furniture.  The Blueberry Training Pants were perfect for this job!  We have 3 pairs of Amber colored Blueberry Trainers I had bought half price off www.babyhalfoff.com (it was a discontinued color) and they still fit her at almost 35 lbs perfect fit!

I knew she would go through those trainers quick so thought I would get some padded undies to accompany her training.  These were absorbent enough for a pee and perfect for around the house pantsless the first few days!

We started out with some Under The Nile Organic Training Pants that I picked up from EcoMom.com when they  had an unbelievable sale!   We got 2 pairs of these wish I had gotten more these are both SAP and my favorite pair for her!


I’m a sucker for a good auction with super cute stuff, so when I saw some owl trainers from HootHootBaby in an auction I snagged them up!  They were size XL and still swim on SAP but she loves the cute owls so is happy to wear them and keep them dry and they are absorbent enough to hold an accident

We wanted something with extra padding but loose fitting for SAP to easily pull up and down and I found it on Amazon.com when I bought her a Potty Patty Doll!  The Potty Patty cotton training pants were just the thing for this and they were more then half off and free shipping!  There, another 3 pairs!

With SAP new to Potty Training and having not just pee pee accidents but also poo poo accidents in her “undies”  I decided to get some cheap padded undies until she got more control of herself.  That’s where Gerber’s Girl Padded Undies came in!  Compared to the quality and durability of the others I had bought it’s no wonder they are cheap but they serve their job just fine!  We got a set of 3 using SAP’s Target Gift Card she got for her birthday last year and these are the padded undies that she wears when we know it’s time to practice going poopy in the potty, we don’t mind one bit if they get stained!

We couldn’t do ALL potty training in undies though…it would come time for naps and night bed time, and this was our biggest challenge.  There are so far 3 trainers that I have been using for these times during the first few weeks of potty training.

The first trainer I use is a variety of Super Undies that I purchased off BabySteals.com at half off.  These are very absorbent and nice and stretchy, they look just like undies and although have the absorbency of a diaper SAP called them undies, so she treats them like undies and tries to keep them dry!  Unfortunately when I purchased these a year ago when we started potty training SAP was a size small…now she’s medium or large and so only one or two pairs of the small kind of still fit her (the AIO not the pocket trainers!).  They’re expensive to buy full price or even with the little sales going on so we have had to stop using these as they do not fit her right.

SAP has “special” night undies she likes to wear to bed time, these are her Little Learners from Nikki at Modified Momma Creations!  I like the stretchy sides and that she can get them up and down to go potty so it’s likely that in the morning she comes to us with dry “special night undies” !  The fabrics used in her trainers are so colorful and original it makes SAP feel special to wear them, which is a big plus for us.

The final trainers we use for night time are CutiePoops Tinkle Trainers.  When I purchased a CutiePoops cloth diaper over a year ago they had a size large training pants on clearance as a “second”…it was cool looking with fireworks fabric so I impulse bought it!  Whereas other trainers SAP has outgrown this one took her a long time to grow into but it now is one of the few that fits her well, which makes for dry sheets in the morning.  I could not find online trainers like this in her shop she now makes a different pattern trainers but worth checking out!

Finally, as a reward for dry undies for a few days SAP got official Underwear!  She got Hello Kitty and Princess panties we got at Target and she loves them, and oh  my do they make her bum so tiny and small compared to how fluffy it usually is!

Of course, Potty Training doesn’t work without rewards!  To stay away from rewarding with treats (candy etc.) I loved using these great Sticker Charts from My Precious Kid.  The stickers are very durable, not flimsy, and they have landscapes to stick them to.  SAP loved picking a sticker each time she went potty and she “grouped” the stickers, putting all of one kind or color together!  So it helped her work on her other skills too!

So that’s the Arsenal for Operation Potty Train, that is what we started out with!  Stay tuned to hear how the first week went for us, the unexpected, and how we dealt with it!
  1. I cannot say enough good things about our Boon Potty Bench. I got mine on sale, too. And, boy am I glad I didn’t go for the cheaper potties!This thing is sturdy and doesn’t get knocked down when a big truck crashes into it. The bowl holds a lot, so we empty it only three times a day (unless there’s a poo!) And, since we’re not emptying it constantly, the lid is really nice – it keeps the odors in and keeps army guys out. PLUS, this thing is a “bench”, so it will work out well as a step stool for little guy when he outgrows it as a potty!

    • I agree Alicia! When I ordered it I was worried there were too many parts, she would just play with it instead of using it, or it was too big we didn’t have the space for it, but it’s well worth it! ~SAPsMaMa