When you have your first baby, you start realizing how expensive things can get. There are always diapers, clothes and toys to buy. Then they start eating solid food and wearing shoes! Potty training can be another big expense but it doesn’t have to be. Here is how we kept our expenses down.
1. Skip the Pull-Ups
Training diapers like Pull-Ups and Easy Ups are expensive! I just did a quick calculation for one box and even with the coupon and Amazon Mom discount you are looking at 26 cents per Pull-Up. A lot of parents will tell you that underwear-like diapers actually hinder the potty training process because it makes things too comfortable. We went straight from size 4 diapers to underwear and while the first two days were pretty frustrating, and messy, we were done completely in 10 days.
2. Avoid Name Brand Undies
Underwear doesn’t need to be covered in Disney characters, although it might be worth the extra cost if it will increase your toddler’s motivation to be potty trained. I would aim for a $1 per pair or less. These Hanes toddler undies are less than $1 per pair on Walmart.com. Personally, I found the thick training underwear to be less helpful than I expected and they don’t fit very well under clothes.
3. Pay Less than $10 for a Potty
Potty chairs and potty seats don’t need to be expensive. There are several options that are under $10 on Amazon. Resist the feeling that you need a name brand potty to get the job done.
- The Summer Infant L’il Loo is always under $10 and has great reviews.
- This fun Froggy Potty is often under $10 as well.
- If you want to skip the potty chair and go straight to a potty seat, the Arm & Hammer Potty Seat is great (we have it!) and it’s under $10 too.
- For a travel potty, the Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus has fantastic reviews as well and I wish I had known about it when we started potty training. It goes on sale for under $10 often so keep your eye on it!
- We got this Cars folding potty seat for public restrooms and it worked well until my daughter felt comfortable sitting without one. Just make sure you don’t put it too far back on the toilet because it isn’t strong enough to be supported where the toilet is very wide.
4. Find Inexpensive Potty Training Prizes
We decided to use prizes for potty training and it was very effective and a lot of fun! I found a plastic container around the house and filled it up with prizes from the dollar store and The One Spot at Target which is that first section with lots of fun items for $1-$3.
Keep the prizes small and simple. If you buy a package of animal toys, open it up so that one toy is a prize instead of the whole bag. I know some moms wrap up the prizes to make it more fun, but I am a terrible gift wrapper.
5. Use Affordable Flushable Wipes
Flushable wipes are extremely helpful during the potty training process. We get the Walmart brand because they’re a little under 3 cents per wipe. You can also wait for deals on Kandoo flushable wipes (generally 4 cents per wipe on Amazon) and check out their Facebook page for printable coupons to use at Target. You don’t use them as often as regular wipes so they aren’t very costly.
6. Skip the Books
Instead of purchasing a potty-training book, read how-to guides written by moms who have recently gone through the process. There are lots of ways to go about it and it helps to find a like-minded blogger. Here are some articles to get you started. You can also follow my Potty Training Tips board on Pinterest for more ideas.
- 3-Day Potty Training
- 7 Ways to Make Potty Training Awesome
- Top 5 Potty Training Mistakes to Avoid
- Potty Training: 10 Things I’ve Learned
- 7 Signs Your Child is Ready for Potty Training
- How to Potty Train at 18 Months
- What to Do When Potty Training Isn’t Working
- 24 Super Easy Steps to Potty Train Your Child….Before College (This one is HILARIOUS and a must-read for everyone in the potty training trenches)
Hopefully, I’ve helped you save some money on potty training. The most important thing is to make it fun!