Our Five Ring Circus: The Potty Training Supplies Basket

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Potty Training Supplies Basket

The Potty Training Supplies Basket

I've successfully potty trained three kids but it's taking quite a bit longer the 4th time around! There are a few hurdles that Liam still has to overcome in the Potty Training process but thankfully I have experience on my side AND a few tricks up my sleeve!

Potty Training

Potty Training is messy, time-consuming and frustrating. My number one tip is to always be prepared! Stock up on supplies and have them within reach at all times. After going through the entire process twice I learned to gather all of my potty training secret weapons before we begin and to place the items in a handy basket which I keep right next to the potty!

Potty Training Tips

Our Potty Training Supplies Basket includes:

Potty Training Tricks

Kids who are potty training can become bored with the process quickly. I keep a few books and a small toy in my basket of tricks. When I sense that Liam is ready to flee I pull out one of those items to distract him. It always buys me a few extra minutes of potty training time. I try to swap those items every few days to keep the basket exciting! (Some great toy ideas are playdoh, silly putty, mini coloring books or lacing beads.) When they have a distraction they tend to relax which makes letting go a bit easier...if you catch my drift!

When all else fails a lollipop always does the trick! I'm not a fan of potty training rewards so I only use the lollipops as a distraction. I prefer praise and positive reinforcement over rewards!

Extra training pants or underwear is essential! I like to keep a few extras in our basket just in case. Right now Liam is still using training pants but when the time comes we will toss extra underwear into the basket instead.

When we start potty training I always make the switch from baby wipes to Flushable Cleansing Cloths. I keep a pack in the Potty Training Supplies Basket, I keep a pack in my purse and I keep a pack in my diaper bag.  I never bought them before I had kids but they became a necessity once we started potty training. Now our entire family can't live without them!

Our favorite brand is Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths. Not only are they soft and strong but they have a Clean Ripple Texture for a confident clean! (Let's face it...toilet paper doesn't always do the trick!) Thanks to the SafeFlush technology we can use them anywhere. Unlike baby wipes these wipes start to break down immediately after flushing!

We always stock up on Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths at Sam's Club!  Having a Sam's Club membership is crucial for our big family. We can save money on all the items we frequently purchase by buying the items in bulk. This busy mama can also save time by taking advantage of the free club pickup (order items online and pick up your order at your local Sam's Club) or subscription service. I can buy everything we need at Sam's Club including blankets, toys and clothing! It's a one stop shopping spot that I love!

Sam's Club

When you buy Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths at Sam's Club you get 11 packs (462 sheets) for an ultra low price. My family of 6 goes through the packs quickly so it's beneficial for us to stock up!

Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths

I loved Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths before but now I love them even more. Starting in September the new flip top packs will be available at Sam's Club!

Cottonelle FreshCare

What makes these packs so special?

  • They're super easy to open. My 3 year old and 5 year old can do it on their own!
  • They're just as easy to close. No more futile attempts at lining up the stick-on cover perfectly so it creates a tight seal. Which means...
  • ...no more dried out Flushable Cleansing Cloths. They stay fresh from the first wipe to the last!
  • The flip top lid makes them quick to dispense. When you're dealing with the often messy potty training accidents this is amazing!
I am a huge fan of these new packs!
Visit the Sam's Club Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths page to learn more or head over to the Sam's Club membership page to find out how you can save! If you need me I'll be spending countless hours with my potty training toddler!

The Potty Training Supplies Basket

Thank you, Cottonelle, for sponsoring today's post and for giving my entire family a more #ConfidentClean!


  1. Potty training was a pain in my rear when I tried it with Cam just over a year ago. He was totally ready, but was a stubborn thing and wouldn't do it. After a week I threw in the towel after lots of tantrums (both of us) and tears (me). In January he basically potty trained himself. It was crazy. I love your tips.

  2. Great list! Your love for Sams is like my love for Cotsco! I'm going to attempt to potty train my youngest soon, I know it can be done but I'm also dreading it a little, diapers can be so much easier at times!

  3. When Connor decided he wanted to start tackling his business on his own I got wipes for him to use so that we were sure he got all this business cleaned up.

  4. Oh potty training. We are in the process of working with Olivia now and it's just no fun. I like the idea of letting them continue to use wipes instead of toilet paper!

  5. Thats a great idea to have a potty training basket in the washroom!!! I'm gonna try this with my girls!

  6. these are great ideas! potty training is still a ways away for me, so I'll have to keep these in mind

  7. We had a potty training basket too! Definitely needed to switch out toys when he got bored with them...needed that extra time!

  8. The potty training supplies basket is such a great idea!!

  9. Such helpful tips since I'm getting ready to potty train as well! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Lily isn't quite ready yet but I'm keeping these tips in mind!

  11. Love that potty training basket. Filled with helpful tools.

  12. I would have never thought of a potty training basket ! What a clever idea !

  13. I am *thinking* of starting potty training. Or maybe not. But either way I definitely need to make anbasket like this!!


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