The Best Disposable Training Pants for Potty Training

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It’s no secret that I don’t think disposable training pants should be a big part of your potty training strategy, even if you’re potty training at 18 months.

At the same time, I fully admit that we ended up using Pull-Ups as the best disposable training pants I could find when we were potty training both our boy and our girl. Why am I contradicting myself?

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Start Potty Training: Don’t Use Disposable Potty Training Pants {Like Pull-Ups and Easy Ups}

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I apologize. that’s not a very encouraging title! I do think that the information I’m sharing about disposable potty training pants will lead to a more successful potty training experience!

I’ve potty trained two little ones, and I even successfully started potty training at 18 months with my daughter. With both of my kids, we focused on using the potty training seat all the time during the day first, and kept them in diapers at night.

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Start Potty Training: Should We Use Potty Training Pants?

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When you’re thinking you might be ready to start potty training, almost everyone asks What is the best potty training seat? but you might not think about potty training pants right away.

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Or if you are thinking about potty training pants, you’re probably thinking of disposables, like Huggies Pull-Ups or Pampers Easy Ups. Stop. Those are not the kind of potty training pants you need. (Read: Don’t Use Disposable Potty Training Pants.)

When I posted the article sharing all my feelings about Pull-Ups and other potty training pants, I promised to answer this question:

What sort of potty training pants should we use? 

I’ve potty trained two little ones, and I even successfully started potty training at 18 months with my daughter. Both times I committed to staying at home as much as possible to fully focus on using the potty. Those days at home were spent with the child being potty trained not wearing any pants. It was just the easiest way to reduce the number of barriers between the toddler and the potty.

But there were times when we were in the thick of potty training and we really had to leave the house. It will likely happen to you, too. If it does happen, you will really, really want to put a diaper on your child and get out of the house. Don’t do it. Don’t let your child believe that you expect them to have an accident. Instead, do your best to protect their clothes just in case it happens. This is where washable  potty training pants come into play.

The key quality of washable potty training pants that makes them so much better than pull-ups or other disposable training pants is that your child will feel wet if she goes in her pants. Of course you’ll want to change her into dry undergarments and clothes as soon as possible, but your child will not be comfortable if you’re in a car and you need to wait to get to your destination to get her changed. That discomfort may make help her try a bit harder to hold it next time she has to go potty.

How To Use Potty Training Pants

You have a few options for using washable potty training pants.

Waterproof and Absorbent Training Pants:

potty training pantsThese potty training pants are something like a pair of padded, absorbent underwear covered by vinyl. They’re great for holding and containing the urine if your little one goes a lot.

I used Gerber All in One Waterproof Training Pants and they worked wonderfully for the short time I needed them. They’re becoming increasingly hard to find, but you can check these resources to see if they’re in stock:

An alternative brand that has great reviews are the Potty Scotty potty training pants and Potty Patty potty training pants.

Waterproof Potty Training Pants (underwear covers):

potty training pantsWaterproof potty training pants work similarly to the waterproof training pants except that they’re merely a vinyl-like PEVA material made like underwear with an elastic waist and leg holes. These are intended to wear over regular underwear.

If these waterproof pants are worn over absorbant non-waterproof training pants (see below) they work similarly to the all in one potty training pants described above.

Here are a few popular brands of this type of potty training pants:

Cloth Potty Training Pants

potty training pantsThe last type of potty training pants are cloth potty training pants. These are constructed like child-size underwear with layers of cotton or polyester padding to absorb urine if your little one has an accident.

You can pair these with the above waterproof potty training pants for extra protection if the absorbant layers are put to the test!

There are several options for cloth potty training pants:

I know this article is filled with bossy advice and orders, but I still stand by my number one rule of parenting: Do what works best for you and your family. That may differ from what I’ve read and what I’ve experienced, and I’m happy to discuss other options and tips.

Readers: Do you have any tips or advice on potty training pants? 

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Start Potty Training: What Is The Best Potty Training Seat?

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Even if you’re just thinking you might be ready to start potty training, I know you’re asking an important question:

What is the best potty training seat?


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Of course, you don’t need a special potty chair to start potty training. If you’re aiming to potty train on a budget you might not want to buy any supplies. You also could invest in a $10 potty training seat cover that travels well and can be brought along on any outing.

If you can answer the question: What is the best potty training seat? Please leave a comment!

Personally, I think having a potty chair is a key to potty training success. I asked several experienced moms, what is the best potty training seat? After searching the internet with the same question,  I got a conclusive answer:

The BabyBjorn Potty Chair is the best potty training seat.

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In addition to the glowing personal recommendations I received, the 788 customer reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars says a lot about how great this potty chair is!  Here are a few snippets from the top reviews:

The [BabyBjorn Potty Chair] potty seat is by far the best in our experiences. Here’s why:

  1. The seat has a higher back and sides, which gives the child support while sitting down, standing up, or simply standing there.
  2. It is NOT easy to tip! several of the others we tried tipped without much effort when our child was putting pressure on the sides trying to sit down or stand.  
  3. It is super easy to clean – there aren’t a bunch of seams to gather gunk, it’s easy to wipe down with a clorox wipe and be done. It’s also super easy to take the little bucket out, and soak in clorox or hose down.
  4. Kids can choose what color they want! This was such a big deal to my children — also, they are solid colors that can look nice with your bathroom. The surface is also nice that your child can decorate the back with cute stickers if wanted.
  5. It works for children of all different sizes! My son was 40″ and 42lbs when potty training, and my daughter is 25lbs and a little shrimp, and this seat fit them both WONDERFULLY.

Overall, having tried MANY seats, this one was the absolute best for both our children, and I would highly reccomend it to anyone in need of a seat for potty training success!

I, like many other reviewers, was intially put off by the price tag.

The problem I have with many baby products today is that companies try to make something a “new concept” by adding bells and whistles or attempting to make things multi-purpose. Don’t get me wrong, I love technology and my daughter has tons of electronic gadgets, but potty chairs should not double as toys. Nor do I care to have my child using her potty in the future to stand on to reach the sink.

This is exactly what a potty should be… a potty and nothing else. Its ergonomic design and rubber bottom makes it comfortable and stable, even on carpet. It looks remarkably similar to a real potty because if its smooth, white finish. When I got it home my 16-month-old daughter immediately knew what it was and wanted to sit on it. She now loves to sit on the potty and this one appears to be very comfortable for her.

In a nutshell, it is simply made, easy to clean and perfect for potty training.

With a list price of $30, it does have a hefty price tag. At the same time, many reviewers state that they bought more than one potty seat before realizing the BabyBjorn Potty Chair was the one that worked for their family!

After my own experiences potty training two toddlers, I have to say I agree with the advice. I can also say that the Baby Bjorn Smart Potty (from $14.99) was a great potty seat for my daughter when we were potty training at 18 months!

Readers: Do you have an opinion? What is the best potty training seat? 

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Start Potty Training: How to Potty Train on a Budget

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My friend Mandi wants to share her tips for how to potty train on a budget.  I’m always getting questions from readers who are very interested in learning everything there is to know about how to start potty training. Since I’m (obviously) into saving money wherever I can and sharing those tips, potty training on a budget just makes sense to me!

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How to Potty Train on a Budget

We just decided to start potty training with our daughter and we’re only 5 days into it.  I’m slightly concerned that by writing this post she’ll somehow know and begin to have lots of accidents, so please help me keep this a secret 🙂

There are a lot of different ways to potty train, and I’ll preface this article by saying that I think every parent has to decide the right way to start potty training their particular child. I, in no way, feel my way is the right way or the only way. It’s just simply one way.

There are lots of great potty training resources to take advantage of when you decide to start potty training:  charts, books, dvds, little prizes, big prizes, the list goes on! But in my experience it’s completely possible to potty train on a budget. It’s even possible to potty train on hardly any budget at all!

Readers: Please leave your ideas for how to potty train on a budget in a comment below!

We were given a relatively inexpensive Fisher Price Stepstool Potty as a baby shower gift. When my first child, now four, started showing signs of potty training readiness, I brought the Stepstool Potty out for him to get familiar with. I had planned on him using the portable potty because I just thought that’s what other mothers did.

I think we tried that thing once and I knew right then and there I had no desire to clean a potty chair  after each use and I certainly wasn’t going to carry it around if we went out and about. So I simply stopped using it. We taught our son how to sit (and aim!) on a regular toilet and at the same time we were teaching him how to stand (and aim) too.

Now this next part might sound mean (I promise I’m not a mean person!), but we didn’t reward him with potty training prizes or sticker charts or anything like that. The thing was, since we never started he didn’t expect anything. He got lots of claps, praises, high fives, hugs and kisses, and every now and then maybe a cookie or two in celebration!

We didn’t use Pull-Ups or other disposable training pants either – which saved a lot of money! Instead, I purchased several packs of little boy underwear and I cleaned up accidents.

My son definitely had accidents, but after about day three, we were basically accident free – except a crazy incident here or there.

In the very beginning, if we had to get out of the house, I would always put a diaper over his underwear while we drove. This way, he would feel it if he began to wet himself so that he could tell me, but he also wouldn’t ruin the carseat because his diaper would catch it!

My daughter is now 22 months (the same age that we potty trained our son), we’ve followed the same format with her. She sits on the regular toilet, there are no charts, prizes or pull-ups. Just lots of cheering, cute little girl underwear and high-fives all around!

So, if you don’t feel like spending a lot of money to start potty training at the first signs of potty training readiness… it’s completely possible to spend absolutely nothing (aside from the necessary cost of underwear, of course)!

So far, figuring out how to potty train on a budget has worked for me!

About the author (Mandi): From double dates to play dates, business meetings to potty training … Mandi used to be a really good mother before she had kids! Now, she’s trying to eat healthier, exercise more, save more & drop her desire for perfection!

Readers: How do you potty train on a budget?

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potty training at 18 months The ebook is here!

What will you get in the How I Potty Trained My 18-Month-Old in 1 Week that you won’t find anywhere else?

In addition to day-by-day recaps of our potty training experience (including what worked and what didn’t work for us), you’ll get:

  • When Is the Right Time to Potty Train
  • Potty Training Readiness
  • 5 Rules for Potty Training an 18 Month Old
  • What to Do if Potty Training Isn’t Going Well
  • How to Avoiding Accidents
  • Bonus: The #1 Piece of Potty Training Advice
  • Additional Potty Training Resources

All of that material (and more) has been organized into a formatted, easy-to-read, easy-to-reference ebook!

How I Potty Trained My 18-Month-Old in 1 Week is priced at just $3.99 and it can be borrowed for FREE if you have Amazon Prime!

Tried and True Books and Movies to Encourage Potty Training

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I’ve mentioned a short list of the books and movies my little ones a really liked while they were potty training. In fact, even though that period is behind us, they still love reading potty books and relating to the stories!

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How to use Books and Movies to Encourage Potty Training

We didn’t use these books and movies to actually do the work of potty training either my son or daughter–I’m pretty sure that approach doesn’t work!

Instead, we watched Elmo’s Potty Time or Potty Time with Bear at the time of day we’d usually watch World World or a different Sesame Street DVD. We’d read the potty books in addition to all the other books we read during the day–including at bedtime.

I’ve always believed that I can never read too many book to my babies, so that meant reading books that Haiden and Piper picked out along with the potty training books. I was pretty proud when they started choosing the potty books on their own as their picks!

I raided our local library for the books and DVDs during our times of potty training, but the selection wasn’t nearly as great as what’s available online, and the recommendations aren’t there, either! I wish I would have had a list of the most-recommended potty training books and movies when I was potty training, so I put this list together for you!

Best Potty Training DVDs

Best Potty Training Books 

There are also a few highly-rated all-in-one potty training kits that contain entertaining materials, stickers, charts and parent guides. Here are the two with the highest ratings:

Does your family have any favorite potty training books or movies? Please share them in the comments below! 

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Be sure to read my article about how I potty trained my 18 month old in 1 week!