The Squatty Potty for Toilet Trainers!
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Have you heard of the Squatty Potty, yet? It's basically a stool designed for the foot of your toilet intended to put your body into a squatting position to ease bowel movements. Why is squatting better than sitting? According to their site, “studies show the natural squat position improves our ability to eliminate. Better elimination may decrease many modern day ailments including bloating, straining, hemorrhoids and constipation.”
So, if squatting is the proper position for bowel movements, shouldn't our children be using training potties that teach them to squat, rather than sit? Allow me to introduce you to the squatty potty for kids – the perfect potty training potty!
This potty sets the stage for optimal potty posture. Designed to bring knees higher than hips, it helps relax key muscles to support easier pooping. During a time when negative potty experiences can lead to issues of constipation or withholding, a potty that creates a more comfortable and easy potty training process is a great thing. And once potty training progresses and they're ready to tackle the big potty you can use the detachable ring to transition the product into a training potty seat.
Now you have the perfect potty training potty. What other potty training supplies for toddlers will you need?
- Special potty treat. If you're not above bribery, and potty training parents shouldn't be, then stock up on some M&Ms or yogurt covered raisins (what we went with) and reward your child every time they successfully go in the potty. This should progress as they're starting to get it; eventually they only get a treat when they tell you they have to go, and successfully go. Once that is mastered move to treats only for successful poops in the potty.
- Bonus: You can have your little help you decorate their treat jar with stickers to make this extra special!
- Sticker chart. You want all the motivational tools you can during potty training. We used this super simple printable Potty Training Reward Chart and stickers I knew my son would love.
- Potty books. We put a basket of books next to the potty that were only read during potty time. Bonus if they're potty training-related reading material!
- Timer. You can use a timer on your phone, or if your child would do better with something they can see and participate in a bit more, pickup a kitchen timer that they can help wind to set.
- Undies. We took our little man with us to the store to pick out his first pack of undies. This gave him some buy-in and a reason to get excited about the whole process. Buy extras so you don't have to do laundry more frequently than you already have to.
- Easy off/on pants. You'll want to make the potty process as independent for your toddler as possible, and part of that is pulling their own pants down and up as they go.
- Overnight diapers. Overnight training is a tricky beast and one we're not ready to tackle yet. If you don't use them already, buy some overnight diapers as they'll keep your tot drier for longer periods of time AKA overnight. Here are tips for the last step of potty training, saying goodbye to nighttime diapers.
Wondering when to start potty training?
If you're wondering what age to start potty training, there really is no magic number, as each child is different. But, there are certainly signs of potty readiness parents can clue into to determine the right time to get started. Luckily, we have a handy quiz to tell whether your little one is ready to potty train.
Try the training potty that's the right fit for all potty learning littles, the 2-in-1 proper position potty!