Infant potty training is cheap. You really don't *have* to buy any products. But as with anything, there are some tools of the trade that make infant potty training much easier, and so I thought I'd make a list of the things that are smart buys for those of you who are just starting out in your IPT adventure:
1. A Baby Bjorn Little Potty is a must have. Do yourself a favor and buy one. They're great because your baby can balance on them from a pretty young age with little assistance, and the wide bottom makes them nice and sturdy. You don't have to worry about spills like you do with some other potties that are more top-heavy.
2. BumGenius 3.0 One Size Cloth Diapers. I love these. I'd love them even if I didn't potty train my infants. They're great because they keep your baby aware of going potty. But, they fasten easily like disposables, they're high quality, and they grow with your baby. We only bought a few and did laundry more frequently, and they held up spectacularly.
3. Gerber Cloth Training Pants. The quicker you introduce these to your baby, the better. It gives your baby even more awareness than the BumGenius 3.0s, but it takes some confidence to move up to these. Once you've started consistently keeping your baby dry, try the training pants. You might just be surprised. Size 18 months can fit on a several month old baby. I like to buy them right off the bat, and then just try them on the baby periodically to see if they fit.
4. The Sign With Your Baby Book by Joseph Garcia. It is awesome. We were noticing our baby signing "poop" at 6 weeks. It happened way too often for it to be a coincidence. Infant Potty Training is so much easier when you incorporate sign language into it! And to be able to communicate with your pre-verbal baby is magical.
5. The potty on the go is awesome. Awesome I tell you! It is so handy to have in case your baby needs to go potty and there's just not a bathroom in sight, or if the bathroom in sight is disgustingly dirty. Don't leave home without it!
With all that said, here are some things I suggest NOT buying:
1. Cloth prefolds
2. Diaper pins
3. Plastic pants
4. Split crotch pants (I haven't tried them, but they're pricey, and you can IPT easily without them.)
5. Lots of disposables.
Disposables have their place with IPT. I like to use them if we're in a situation where a bathroom isn't readily available and doing laundry isn't feasible, like when you're on vacation. Also, during times of sickness, disposables can be really nice, although they proved unnecessary when the stomach flu went through our house this past winter.
So there you have it, 5 things to buy, and 5 things to skip when you're gearing up for infant potty training. Enjoy!