Gear to Get Your Toddler Outside All Year Long
The potty-training phase doesn’t have to mean staying home. The Potette Plus ($35) is a travel potty that folds up small enough to stash in your backpack, comes with disposable bags for easy cleanup, and can work either as a stand-alone potty or a seat that fits over an adult toilet, which makes it equally great for airport travel and backcountry adventures. In fact, this may just be my most essential piece of toddler gear. Tip: get the one with the collapsible silicone liner for the most versatility.
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Although this toy comes in multiple animal varieties, from monkeys and flamingos to dinosaurs and octopuses, we’re big fans of the Kalencom Plush Saro Long Legs Sloth. It’s soft and cuddly, guaranteed to preoccupy any young child for hours at a time.
Who would love it: Young children looking for something soft to cuddle
Coolest feature: The crinkly material makes a crackly sound when squished
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This clever origami-inspired rubber ducky from Kalencom in New Orleans doubles as both a teething toy and a bath toy. $17; kalencombaby.com
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Is it the right time to start potty training?
One of the most common questions I hear as a professional potty training consultant is, “How do I know when my child is ready?” There are some classic signs and signals you can look for including: a general interest in the bathroom, asking for a new diaper when they are wet or dirty, hiding to have a bowel movement, staying dry for longer periods throughout the day, and waking up dry from naps and/or overnight. Your child should also possess basic communication skills, either verbal or physical, and the ability to understand and follow basic direction. These things usually start presenting themselves somewhere between 22 and 28 months, making this the ideal age to potty train.......
If you are shopping for a toilet seat, let me show you about the 2-in-1 Potette Plus Portable Potty. It is portable for travel and a trainer seat as well. It has handles that fold to store and unfold to snap into place for portable set up. As a trainer seat it, fits on most standard toilet seats.
The Best Portable Toilets for Camping
Perhaps you, like me, are at the age where many of your adventure buddies are now parents of small children. Perhaps you have mentioned your camp-bathroom woes in conversation, and perhaps all of your friends, almost without fail, have said, “This might sound weird, but I have definitely used my kid’s potty-training toilet in an emergency.” We’re not saying that this is your everyday camp toilet. But we are saying that the Potette Plus, which comes with disposable bag liners, is officially rated to 50 pounds and has stood up to some parent-size emergencies. It’s compact, light, and probably already in the car if you have young kids.