Here’s a look at our favourite potty training gear & Potty Chair and hands-on guide.
Potty Seat vs. Potty Chair
A Potty Chair is a bit of potty training that lies on the floor by itself. Most have a removable basin that can be dumped and cleaned.
A Potty Chair I find the potty chair is less overwhelming for those little ones who are dwarfed by the size of an adult potty unless you’re dealing with a kid over the age of three.
Major drawback? Cleaning poop out of the toilet can be really disgusting-maybe even marginally grosser than changing diapers.
On the other hand, the Potty Seat (below) is a seat that reduces the size of the adult seat to a smaller size, so that your kiddo will not fall into the potty.
If you can have your little one sit down on the real potty, score! No waste transfer is required, and cleanup is so much less. Just bear in mind, the sheer height of the potty could intimidate your toddler. You’ll need a step stool for a kid, too, unless your toilet is really low to the ground. Or you live at a preschool.
Which kind to get?
In my experience, kids under 2 or 2 1⁄4 prefer a potty chair and kids over 2 1⁄4 or 2 1⁄2 seem to be all right with sitting on the big potty. Consider both at the end of the day, and let him know which one is more relaxed.
A potty chair is usually the safest bet, but most people end up with a potty seat (sometimes called a seat reducer) later when the child becomes a bit bigger and more comfortable.
Best Potty Chairs
Here are our potty chairs of convenience. A number of potty chairs can also be seen on your nearest Target or Walmart.
BABYBJORN makes several different potties, the larger of which is the BabyBjorn Potty Chair (below), which has a high backrest ergonomic design. Because the chair sits off the ground a little higher, I find it easier for children to “centre” themselves and sit on.
We make also a smaller pot called the Smart Potty, which is a great portable potty. Most moms keep the Smart Potty in the car for, and so on, emergency pit stops. The smaller footprint makes multiples of the Smart Potty perfect.
Look, it’s a tiny little adult potty version — and kids love it! In the world of tiny potties, it’s the closest thing to “cute.”
This potty has a handle featuring a “flushhhh” sound to reward a well-done job. A built-in wipe compartment keeps all together and a splash guard helps with the peepee for the little boys.
Please note that the wipe container will not fit regular disposable wipes but should fit flushable wipes (Charmin or what do you have) that you should use anyway.
If you’ve got a boy who’s ready to pee while standing up, this hilarious frog pee trainer is here to help him learn how to target.
Best Potty Seats (“seat reducers”)
Again, you’re sitting pretty, if you can get your kid to sit on the big potty! No waste transfers make everybody happy.
The best potty seats here
Another “Old Faithful” product, many prefer the potty seat BabyBjorn because it has a knob that you can change (on the back) to get the perfect fit on your seat at the toilet.
The last thing you want is to roll around the seat. Even, if you’re planning on and off taking the seat (in a shared bathroom and what else), you’ll appreciate the hanging hook (you don’t want it sitting on the floor around, right?).
Mayfair makes an awesome mini seat / big seat combo by far my favourite that blends in beautifully in any bathroom without screaming “kids!!!”This toilet seat replaces the current toilet seat-and you can remove the mini seat by unclipping it once your kids have outgrown it.
The NextStep Kid’s Potty Seat, which can be found at Home Depot and Amazon, makes Bemis an almost identical seat.
Make sure to decide whether your toilet bowl is round or elongated (most are elongated) and buy the right size.
* Get the edition “SLOW CLOSING” — it won’t bite your little fingers!
This combo ladder/toddler seat eliminates the need for your toilet to have a step stool (although you may still need one in front of your sink). Its handles will help your kiddo get up all by himself on the seat.
Warning: Stay away from the cheap character seats you see and so on at the drugstore. The problem is they aren’t safe, slipping and sliding all over the place causing falls.
Trust me, the quickest way to scare your kid away from potty training is to have him fall off the potty!
Whether it’s getting up to the big potty or getting up to the sink to wash your hands, you’ll need some step stools. If you don’t mind moving it around you can use the same one for both. I’ve got step stools all around my home, like in the kitchen and bedroom closet, so the kids can get things themselves.
Quite realistic. Note: If your child is pretty tiny (or your sink is rather tall), you might need one of the larger stools to wash hands.
I said it’s $5 for a smaller stool …? It’s not particularly tall, but perfect for those who need some boost.
And check out the BOLMEN (below) for $7 for a bigger stool. I have two at home. Love ‘ they. Update: I’ve had these stools in my house for years now and they’re gorgeously holding up! My kids now use them to “help” cook in the kitchen.
For the little ones, this is a good potty stool because it is wider and taller (than most) and very sturdy.
Cute and very durable with bottom and top anti-slip material, another BabyBjorn crowd pleaser. Anti-slip is so important since messy kids are quickly wetting hand-washing stools. Note: This one isn’t very tall.
This two-step stool offers a little more height and features anti-slip material for small feet on both steps.
For anyone who has ever had to keep their child in midair to wash their hands … I’m taking the Aqueduck Faucet Extender to you. Give a break at your back.
Last but not least … you could find it difficult to go overnight from cool, wet baby wipes to dry toilet paper (we love getting that ass really clean, no?). Since we’re moving towards everything that’s flushable now, it’s time for your wipes to transition too
Finally, when you stop using these, a time will come but for now … it’s a great transitional product.
Portable Potty Seats — On the Go!
So, you’ve just been training your kid potty (you think), and now is the time to go to the park. Or just the beach. And what if she has to go ?- WAIT? (And you KNOW she’s going to, lol.)
Because you don’t want to confuse her by putting a diaper back on, a travel potty seat will get you through those first few weeks and months of potty training when it’s essential to time.
Don’t worry, they do much more to “keep it in time.”
The Pottete Plus is an all-in-one handheld potty and trainer seat-it can fold into a trainer seat flatly. It comes in a light weight, drawstring bag. Throw it into your diaper bag, or into your car’s back seat.
Includes three liners which can be disposed of. You can buy the refills-or use a plastic grocery bag in a mess.
The OXO Travel Seat is also a great travel choice. For use on a normal toilet or as a stand-alone potty, this seat is very easy to fold into a flat or standing position (some would say better than the Potette).
This one has a boys splash cover and comes with a storage drawstring pack. OXO leak-proof bag refills can also be bought with absorbent padding.
The Jerrybox Travel Potty Seat’s main attraction is that it folds up really small, so you can easily store it in your bag until you need it.
This is a handy option, since most travel potties, even when folded flat, will take up quite a lot of room in your diaper bag or purse.
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