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!
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!
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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