When practicing Elimination Communication/ Natural Potty Training it doesn’t mean your baby/toddler is naked and peeing wherever they want. Certain supplies can help reduce your stress and assisted in simplifying the process. This is a list of possible supplies and links to buy them from. You don’t need every supply on this list. Do what is comfortable for you and your family, and if something isn’t working change it up.
(I do get a tiny commission from the sale of certain products listed, using the link provided, but the price does not change for you. I only recommend supplies I have personally used, multiple families I have taught have recommended, or another fellow Go Diaper Free coach has recommended.)
Possible Potty Receptacles:
1. Grown-up toilet, held over it (with or without a mirror or sticker stuck inside of the lid for baby to have something to look at)
2. Grown-up toilet with toilet seat reducer:
• Potette Plus (My favorite!!!) It is a seat reducer plus a mini portable potty that can easily fold away. We keep one in the house and one in the back of the car/diaper bag. When used as a portable potty it uses disposable liners, a reusable silicone liner, or plastic bags with napkins or a cloth wipe to soak up the pee.
Other toilet seat reducers are:
- Memory Foam Toilet Seat Reducer (a soft seat that can be more comfortable for scared/picky babies/toddlers.
- BabyBjorn Toilet Trainer. It has a handle for hanging on the wall and a softseat.
- Foldable travel seat reducer. This is probably the second most popular portable seat reducer style.
- Seat Reducer with Handles.
- Seat Reducer with steps: I own this one. It has a stable ladder, folds away, and has a cushioned seat.
I have also heard good things about this brand.
3. Sink (bathroom or kitchen).
4. Bathtub (good for boys). When the toilet is occupied and my son can’t hold it any longer, he uses the bathtub like a urinal.
5. Stand-up shower (also good for boys).
6. Any bowl-like container that works for you (ie: mixing bowl, tupperware bowl, chamber pot, etc.).
7. Shallow container (such as a wide rectangular/ circular basin with low edges) used next to bed on floor.
8. Water bottle or jar (boys).
9. Mini potty/ potty chair:
High Back Potty chair for support while sitting. We keep a Potette Plus as a seat reducer in our bathroom, but we also kept a floor potty, when my son was young and willing to use it, for when the toilet was occupied. It’s also handy to use in other rooms of the house, like the living room or playroom.
There is also a 4-in-1 soft seat toilet trainer. It is a floor potty, toilet seat reducer, portable potty, and step stool.
10. Top Hat Potty: This is great for newborns, especially to catch pee/poop while they are feeding. http://www.naturallydiaperfree.com/Potties.html
11. Disposable, cloth/plastic-lined, or wool puddle pad : I prefer wool puddle pads, since we use wool diaper covers anyway.
12. Frisbee or whatever else is laying around in your car.
14. Potty cozies can keep a baby comfortable on their portable/mini potty, since it helps them avoid sitting on hard, cold plastic. http://www.naturallydiaperfree.com/Potty-Cozy-Menu.html
- Split Pants: These keep your baby’s legs warm, but allow them to sit on the potty without taking their clothing off.
Open Crotch Romper.
2. Tiny Undies: I love these undies. You can’t find underwear to fit a small baby or toddler and these start at 6 months. These are amazing! They are made by the author of Go Diaper Free.
Purchase directly: http://tinyundies.com/our-shop/tiny-undies-new/?invite=31
Purchase from Amazon:
3. Toddler Undies.
3. Leg warmers: We wear leg warmers and undies a lot. They are great for layering or to just keep legs warm during diaper free time.
5. Wool soakers: We use these with our flat diapers, with undies, under pants, or as pants (commando/undies) when going on a long car trip or at someone’s home. If we have a miss, properly lanolinized wool creates a breathable, yet water proof layer. You will still have to clean up your child, but whatever they are sitting on should be protected. [Wool typically only has to be washed and relanolinized (the process that keeps it from leaking) once a month, when it gets an odor, unlike PUL diaper covers that need cleaned daily. Another benefit of wool compared to PUL is that it is absorbent, like regular clothing, which is what we are going for with EC backups.]
EcoPosh Wool Diaper Cover.
Disana Organic Merino Wool Cover. (These are my favorite soakers and pretty much bullet proof.)
Personalized Wool Cover.
Eucalan Lanolin Enriched Delicate Wash (Lanolin is used to make wool waterproof).
Rebourne also has some amazing wool, especially the OS wraps, and has a great lanolizing kit with wonderful instructions. Send the owner a message if you have any questions or if she is out of stock of anything you are needing. https://www.etsy.com/shop/rebourne
It is always handy to have a reference book on hand. Here are a few I recommend.
Go Diaper Free/EC Simplified (0-18 month) (My class is based largely from this book.):
- Buy Directly for paperback and digital copy: http://godiaperfree.com/elimination-communication-book/?invite=395
- Buy paperback through Amazon:
The Tiny Potty Training Book (I reference this for children who are 18+ months.):
- Buy Directly for paperback and digital copy: http://godiaperfree.com/potty-training-book/?invite=395
- Buy paperback through Amazon:
The Diaper Free Baby:
Tiny Potty Board Book (A book you can read to your baby.):
- Available as a board book and e-book: http://godiaperfree.com/potty-training-board-book/?invite=395
- Also available on Amazon:
1.Snappi: These are used to hold prefolds/flats/burp clothes on babies.
Thirsties Hemp Prefold:
Bummis Organic Overnight Cloth Diaper:
OsoCozy Indian Cotton Unbleached Prefold:
Disana Organic Cotton Muslin Flat:
OsoCozy Organic Birdseye Cotton Flats (Love these!!! They make one size cloth diapering for all sizes a breeze, plus you can fold them to fit your child’s needs (wet zone, jelly roll legs and back to keep poop in, etc.):
3.Cloth Wipes (We use these for baby, family cloth, blowing noses, cleaning messes, etc.) (Read this article for more information http://cleaningouttheclutter.com/2013/05/all-about-homemade-cloth-baby-wipes-and-wipe-solutions/):
3.Wipe Box: We love this thing. It has a weight for easy access and you don’t have to worry about how you fold the wipes.
4.Diaper Belt: Diaper belts are elastic belts that are worn around the waist to hold a prefold/ flat diaper/burp cloth in place for an easy back up option. http://www.naturallydiaperfree.com/Diaper-Belts.html
There is also an adjustable option:
5.Wool puddle pad: we use these to protect our sheets in case I don’t wake up fast enough.
7.Wet Bags: I love wet bags! I use them for a variety of things. For EC I use the large to hold wet clothing/diapers.
I use the small to store clean cloth wipes.
I also like Planet Wise’s hanging wet bag and diaper pail liner.
My favorite hanging wet bag is by Kanga Care. It held 3 days worth of flats.
8.Potty Training Dolls (I like to use these as a teaching tool.):
- Once Upon a Time Plush Doll Set w/ Potty :
- Potty Time Elmo
- Potty Time Elmo DVD (This is great to have with the doll. My son loves this movie and it helped him with the steps of potty independence.):
- Potty Training Caucasian Baby:
- Potty Training Black Baby:
- Boy Potty Doll with Book and DVD:
Not every Elimination Communication/ Natural Potty Training Supply listed is needed. Figure out what works for your family. Use what will help you have the least amount of stress during this process.
For more ideas look through my free support group (www.facebook.com/groups/NaturalPottyTrainingETx/), or ask a question.