12 Brilliant Potty Training Tools & Toilets That Make The Process Way Easier

Ad failed to load

Kids seem to learn something new every day. But out of all the developmental milestones to achieve, there's only one that equally instills fear and pride in the hearts of mothers everywhere: teaching your infant to use the bathroom. Fortunately, there are so many potty training products that make learning so more simpler.

Unlike other landmarks, potty training challenges can sometimes impede progress, in a way. Think about it. They've spent their whole lives peeing and pooping comfortably in their pants, and all of a sudden their parents want them to drop everything (including their pants) and go do their business while sitting on a cold, hard piece of porcelain multiple times per day.

Experts have all sorts of theories and make all sorts of promises about how to potty train as fast as possible. Ultimately, however, your child will go at their own pace and all you can do is help the learning process go more smoothly. Once they're ready, products to make potty training easier can make a big difference as you work toward a diaper-free future. Items like kid-size potties, a watch to remind them when it's time to "go," and disposable seat liners for public toilets could be the answers to your potty training prayers.

Ad failed to load

Unfortunately, no one has invented a product to help kids learn to wipe themselves (I suggest baby wipes, downward dog, and the bravest face you can muster), but at least the following potty training tools can help make getting your little one into big-kid underpants simpler.

Ad failed to load

1A Realistic Training Potty


Summer Infant My Size Potty, $27, Amazon

For some children, starting on a training potty that looks like the real thing can make the inevitable transition easier. Enter this porcelain lookalike potty. It's just like the ones grown-ups use (minus the plumbing), and it features a pretend flusher and a built-in wipes compartment for convenience. A clip-on splashguard helps keep pee in the bowl, which can be removed for easy cleaning.

2A Stool And Seat Combo To Help Them Climb Up On Their Own


OxGord Baby Steps Toilet Seat Cover And Step, $22, Amazon

Helping your child get one step closer to potty independence, this combined step stool and potty seat lets little ones get on the potty all by themselves. No-slip floor pads and handles help keep your little one safe while protecting your flooring from scratches, and a collapsible frame allows for easy storage once your kid has this potty thing down pat.

3A Practice Urinal For Training Boys


Joy Baby Whale Training Urinal, $17, Amazon

Moms are pretty much experts at everything, with the exception of one thing: peeing standing up. To help your little dude learn to pee like a big boy, consider adorning your bathroom with a plastic training urinal shaped like a whale. Suction cups keep it firmly affixed to the wall — though you can simply rest on the floor if you prefer — and a spinning water wheel gives your little learner something to aim for. It's lightweight and easy to clean, to boot.

Ad failed to load

4A Two-In-One Toilet Seat For Adults And Infants


TOPSEAT TinyHiney Toilet Seat, $42, Amazon

Brightly patterned potties with characters on them may be an enticing way to get your kid to sit on the john, but it's understandable that you might not want them to take over every bathroom in your house. For a more understated approach, check out the TinyHiney two-in-one toilet seat, which has a built-in kid seat. Slow-closing hinges keep fingers (and eardrums) safe. For those of us with regular-size butts, simply raise the kid seat.

5A Potty Seat For On-the-Go Training


OXO Tot 2-In-1 Go Potty, $20, Amazon

Kids have a way of needing to go potty at the most inopportune times, but with the OXO Tot 2-in-1 potty for on-the-go, parents of potty trainers can breathe a little easier. Pop the legs out for a standalone potty (don't forget to stock up on the accompanying disposable bags), or tuck them away to use on a grown-up toilet. Keep one in your car so you can be prepared for any sudden pee-mergencies.

6A Carseat Protector For Accidents


Britax Seat Saver Waterproof Liner, $14, Amazon

Accidents are bound to happen while potty training, but a urine-soaked carseat is not a fun cleaning project. A waterproof seat liner will help keep your carseat free of pee, plus crumbs, spilled drinks, and even wet bathing suits. The liner is compatible with any harnessed carseat, although it's important to note that it has only been crash-tested with harnessed Britax car seats. If your carseat isn't Britax, you should check with the manufacturer about using third-party, aftermarket products since their guidelines will vary.

Ad failed to load

7Disposable Potty Liners For Public Restrooms


PottyCover Disposable Toilet Seat Covers, $6, Amazon

For the truly germaphobic, those flimsy paper liners you find in public restrooms are, to put it nicely, totally useless. They slip off and get torn up, and kids have a way of touching the one tiny sliver of exposed toilet. And, let's be real, there isn't enough hand sanitizer in the world for that. The good news is that these individually wrapped disposable seat covers offer maximum coverage to make even the grimiest of bathrooms usable.

8A "Flushable" Training Potty With A Friendly Face


Fisher-Price Learn-To-Flush Potty, $26, Amazon

A little encouragement can go a long way for kids who are potty training. This electronic Learn-to-Flush potty has built-in sensors that detect wetness, so when your little one makes it to the potty in time, the cheerful, smiling potty plays music and sounds as a reward. After getting down to business, kids will love the pretend flush feature. Additionally, the blue seat fits on grownup toilets to make the transition to the real thing easier.

9A Urinal For On-the-Go Emergencies


Buytra Portable Potty Training Urinal, $12, Amazon

First things first: no, these aren't sippy cups. Although they may look a bit silly, any mom who's spent time searching in vain for a public bathroom or even just a semi-private corner can see the value in a portable urinal that works for kids of any gender. Stash one in your car or stroller, and you'll never be without potty access again.

Ad failed to load

10A Self-Contained Travel Potty That's Surprisingly Cute


Lil' Jumbl Portable Toddler Travel Potty, $24, Amazon

Potty training can be stressful enough to make even the calmest of parents feel like they never want to leave the house again, but this all-in-one portable potty helps keep things as neat as possible. Simply pop off the lid to reveal a potty seat with an integrated splashguard and a storage compartment for wipes, making "but I have to go now" easier than ever. Plastic liners aren't included, so be sure to purchase a few packs separately for easy disposal. Plus, it's got a chic and simple design.

11A Reminder Watch To Tell Kids When It's Time To Go


Potty Time Potty Watch, $12, Amazon

Anyone who's potty trained a child knows that it order to avoid cleaning up lots of "accidents," you spend a lot of time asking your budding big kid if they have to use the bathroom. This programmable potty watch with a built-in timer makes the task easier than ever by playing music and flashing lights every 30, 60, or 90 minutes to remind your child that it's time to head to the toilet.

12Training Pants To Help Kids Learn


Pull-Ups Cool & Learn Training Pants, $20, Amazon

For kids learning to make the transition from diapers to underwear, disposable, absorbent training pants are a must. In addition to teaching kids how to pull them off and on themselves, the Cool & Learn training pants by Huggies deliver a cooling sensation when wet, so kids can quickly learn to associate the feeling of "gotta go" with "oops, I went."

Romper may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Romper’s editorial and sales departments.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

10 Reasons Why I Won't Apologize For Giving My Toddler A Pacifier

My first child had no interest in a pacifier. I tried a couple times to get him to take one, but he always spat them out and gave me an incredulous, judgmental look. But my second? It was love at first suckle. And after a while, the incredulous, judg…
By Jamie Kenney

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

Here's How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby & Make Everything As Calm As Possible

Our home, which we lovingly refer to as “the funny farm,” is filled with four-legged family members. We have two crazy beagles and two cat jerks, and boy are they loved and spoiled. (As they should be.) But we are now finally having a baby of our own…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's The Right Birth Method For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

If you're pregnant, you've probably given childbirth some serious thought. Some moms-to-be prepare a meticulous birth plan, while others are comfortable just going with the flow. And me? Well, I made a plan... but that plan was useless when faced wit…
By Steph Montgomery

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills