From potties and seat covers to books and rewards, here are our favorite toilet training aids
Boon Potty Bench
Keep everything handy and organized for your little one with this modern potty from Boon. One side drawer has a toilet paper roll holder; the other has room to store wipes, some potty time reading and more. Close the lid and it coverts into a stool that can support up to 300 pounds.
Hoppop Torro Potty
This sleek, affordable design is perfect for little tushies—and little bathrooms! Its compact size makes it easy to clean and store away, and the high front serves as a splash guard to keep pee in the potty and off your tile floors.
Available at diapers.com, $19.99
BabyBjörn Toilet Trainer
Once your tot is ready to go from her mini potty to the big porcelain throne, this toilet training seat is a comfortable and convenient option. The curved seat is made out of PVC-, BPA- and phthalates-free plastic and has a built-in handle for easy hanging when it's not in use. Don't worry about it not fitting your toilet seat—the cover has a dial to adjust its size and secure it in place. Available at babiesrus.com for $34.99
Kalencom On the Go Potty
No public bathroom in sight when your kid starts doing the pee-pee dance? No problem. Reinforce potty training skills wherever you are with this portable potty. Stash one in your trunk for "emergency" bathroom breaks on long road trips—the seat comes with absorbent disposable liners and a drawstring bag for mess-free cleanups.
Available at amazon.com, $10
This seat has everything you'd expect from a great potty—a high back for support, a splashguard to prevent messes and an affordable price tag. But what makes the BecoPotty really shine is its eco-friendly design. It's made from all-natural plant fibers and is biodegradable—so once your child is completely trained, you can plant the potty in the yard to help your garden grow.
Available at amazon.com, $12.99
PRIMO 4-In-1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer
This multi-purpose seat can help your kiddo along his entire journey through potty training. During the first stage, it functions as a stand-alone potty. Flip the top down and it's a step stool. Once he's confident enough to move on to the regular toilet, you can detach the soft cover and use it as a seat reducer, preventing his little tushie from falling into the big toilet bowl.
Available about amazon.com, $24.95
Kandoo Flushable Toilet Wipes
Getting your tyke to want to use the potty is just half the battle—you need to teach her about wiping and hygiene, too. These flushable wet cloths come in a kid-friendly tub with a pop-up button that allows your tiny trainee to grab one and wipe herself with ease. We prefer the sensitive lotion formula—it's unscented and hypoallergenic for your baby's delicate skin.
Available at diapers.com, $11.99 for 350-count value pack
Försiktig Children's Stool
True to its name (försiktig means "cautious" in Swedish), this lightweight Ikea stool was designed with safety in mind. The top and base are covered with an anti-slip material so your tot has a secure place to step up and reach the toilet or sink. Plus, it'll only set you back a few dollars. Hearing "I can do it myself, Mommy!"? Priceless.
Corolle Paul Drink-and-Wet Bath Baby
This bathroom buddy drinks and wets when you squeeze his belly, and is anatomically correct to help show your boy how to use the potty "just like Paul." Standing at 14-inches tall, the training doll comes complete with a blue potty, pacifier, bottle and diaper. (Note: Choking hazard—small parts are not for children under 3.)
Available at amazon.com, $42.50
The toilet can seem like a super-scary contraption to a toddler. These fun floating targets encourage toilet use and help him perfect his aim. They're made of biodegradable tissue paper that are completely flushable, and come in three colorful graphic themes: sports, construction and transportation (shown).
Dora Potty Training Rewards Kit
This a-Dora-ble (sorry!) kit comes with 70 stickers, a progress chart and a certificate of competition to reward and keep track of her accomplishments. She'll earn stickers for potty training milestones like sitting on the potty, using the potty, flushing and washing her hands. We bet you and your cutie will be singing "Lo hicimos! We did it!" in no time.
Available at amazon.com, $6.99
'Potty Time with Elmo'
Featuring everyone's favorite furry red monster, this board book is short and sweet, with entertaining sound buttons. Without going into too much detail, the story follows Elmo as he teaches his doll, Baby David, how to use the potty—a great first introduction to pique your tot's interest in the potty.Available at amazon.com for $10.84.
Once Upon a Potty
By Alona Frankel
More than four million copies of this classic have been sold worldwide since it was first published in 1975, making this book an oldie, but a definite goodie. Once Upon a Potty explains the whole process at length with great illustrations and an engaging storyline about Prudence (or in the boy version, Joshua) as she learns how to ditch diapers for the potty.
Available at barnesandnoble.com, $7.15
My Big Boy Potty
By Joanna Cole
This entertaining book follows Michael's first encounters with the potty, sitting, wiping and his eventual success and joy of wearing "big boy" underpants. The book features cheerful illustrations and supportive language throughout, even when Michael has an accident. Check out the last page of the book for helpful tips and additional information for parents.
Available at barnesandnoble.com, $6.29
Kandoo BrightFoam Handsoap
Hand washing is important, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. Your kid will love to wash up with Kandoo's instant foaming handsoap, thanks to its colorful container and sweet scent. The dispenser has a wide base and a large pump that makes it easy for kids to lather up—all on their own.
Available at amazon.com, $11.96 (4-pack)
Kiddopotamus Deluxe PiddlePad
Accidents are bound to happen at some point during the potty training process. Contain messes with this waterproof seat liner designed to fit comfortably in car seats and strollers. The super-absorbent fabric can hold one cup of fluid and is machine washable for headache-free cleanups. Available at amazon.com for $9.99.
These training pants have stretchy waistbands that make it easy to pull up and down when using the potty—just like "big kid" underwear. If your little one has an accident, you can easily rip open the sides for quick changes.Available at diapers.com for $12.29 for Jumbo Pack.
Backyardigans Potty Toppers
The thought of taking a potty-training tot to a public restroom is enough to make any mom squirm. These convenient potty toppers (decorated in her favorite Backyardigans characters!) are a big upgrade from your standard paper seat covers. The topper has adhesive strips to keep the cover in place and a plastic liner to prevent wetness from seeping through.
Pull-Ups iGo Potty App
Developed by Huggies Pull-Ups, this free app allows you to schedule potty breaks and track your child's progress with a flick of the finger. Your trainee can earn stickers, play games and listen to fun sound effects and music to stay motivated. Set up an alert and Patty the Potty will even call to remind your child when it's time to use the potty. (Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.)
Available on iTunes App Store for free!
Kushies Taffeta Training Pants
A green (and stylish!) alternative to disposable training pants, these undies have a double layer of absorbent cotton flannel that allows him to feel wetness and a waterproof outer layer that will lock in any accidents.
Available at diapers.com, $9.59