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In the Parenting Olympics, Potty Training can be both a sprint and/or a marathon. There's the famed 3-Day Potty Training Method (often credited to the self-proclaimed "Potty Training Queen" Lora Jensen, but with roots that reach back to the 1970's) and similar bootcamp-esque approaches. There are also those among us who do all the things and over the course of months have to remind ourselves that we won't be sending them to college in diapers.
In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, by the time they're between 5 and 6, the majority of girls and more than 75 percent of boys are fully potty trained and dry at night. The trickier part can be determining when they're ready.
Experts suggest there are two forms of readiness, emotional and physical, and both matter equally. Some key indicators are things like curiosity about the toilet itself, long stretches of dry diapers, hiding while they poop and even showing an interest in wearing underwear. Of course you know your little one best, and they may be ready before checking all of those boxes.
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Whichever way you choose to approach it, success favors the prepared. If you're ready to ditch the diapers, you're going to need a few key potty training supplies. From potty chairs to step stools, underwear to toilet inserts, we've gathered up the most highly recommended must-haves to make reaching this milestone a little easier.
Read on to find all the potty training supplies and tips you need to make the whole process a little easier on everyone!
Best potty chairs
Best toilet seat inserts
Best Travel Potties
Best Step Stools
Best potty training charts
Best potty training underwear
A version of this story was published January 14, 2021. It has been updated.