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It all depends. Some kids may have the right mix of physical and cognitive skills needed between 18 and 24 months; others may not show signs of readiness until much later. We've found that Diapers.com customers typically buy potty training supplies around the time their child turns 18 months old.*
You'll want to have the following products on hand so when your little one is ready to go, you are too!
These are stand-alone seats with a removable bowl that you'll be dumping and cleaning after each use.Shop Now
Also known as a toilet topper, a potty seat is a plastic ring that fits over the regular toilet seat to provide a smaller opening.Shop Now
It's important to bring one of these along during car trips or park visits, especially during the early days of potty training when accidents are more likely to happen. Your child may also be skittish about using a public bathroom (aren't we all?).Shop Now
They're not just helpful for giving your child a boost up to the toilet and the sink, they also provide a place for planting feet and pushing.Shop Now
Considered a transition between diapers and underwear, training pants are designed for children to pull on and off themselves.Shop Now
*Each child develops at different rates and for any concerns parents should contact their pediatrician
Get Your Gear Early
Some kids show early signs of interest. Go ahead and buy a potty or a potty seat so you can talk about it with them and let them begin to feel comfortable around it.
A portable potty is a great way to reinforce training everywhere you go. Fold it up, throw it in the stroller basket and it'll give you and your child the confidence that potty training can continue anywhere.
Stock Their Drawers
Stock up on a lot of pants and shorts with elastic waistbands for easy on/off access. You don't want to be fumbling with snaps, buttons or zippers when they're telling you they need to go.
Boys VS. Girls
Since boys sit when they're learning, it's important to have a high enough splash guard in front to keep everything in the potty.
It's a good idea to keep anti-bacterial wipes handy for quick cleanups and some plastic bags or bins for carrying dirty disposable training pants or underwear to the garbage or laundry.