Potty training is a milestone in every child’s life. They are entering a new stage, and leaving diapers behind for bigger and better adventures. Choosing the right potty for both you and your child’s comfort can be a very important step in the process.
I’ve worked with dozens of families throughout the years and have be involved in the potty training process with little ones more times than I can count on my fingers. So, I’ve been able to see and test a wide variety of different potty chairs and seats. Along the way, I’ve worked in households with potty chairs that played music or had flashy lights, were large and clunky with many removable parts, had splash guard attachments to add on for boys that never quite worked, and many others aimed to advertise mostly to the children without always being easy-to-use and hassle-free. So with all these options, how do you decide on the right potty to suit the needs of you and your child? I always like to tackle this dilemma using the K.I.S.S. principal. Keep It Simple, Silly.
Potty Training Chairs
While other potty chairs and seats may be fancier (and more expensive), they can also be distractions for the child and headaches for you. My go-to potty recommendation to parents is the Fisher Price Froggy Potty. This potty chair is colorful enough for kids to enjoy, while also providing stability and easy clean up for parents and caretakers. I like it because it puts the potty on ground level for littles ones, making it easy for them to keep their feet flat on the floor during potty time for comfortability and makes it able for them to get on or off of the potty independently. The Froggy Potty is also very affordable, chalking it up to a win in my book. It can be purchased at your local Target or Walmart for around $10, and can be found with orange, blue, or pink removable buckets.
With its smooth design and built-in splash guard for boys, trust me when I say, this is taking the easy road. I highly suggest to avoid potty chairs or seats with removable splash guards, and look for a potty with built-in designs or high fronts. This will save a ton of clean up time when experiencing the trouble of a splash or spray over. Half the time the removable splash guard ends up falling off while your child sits and fidgets about on their potty, and they turn out to be more of a headache than help. The Froggy Potty itself is super easy to clean and comes in a simple two-piece set, the frog base and the removable bucket. When your child is finished using his or her potty, assist them in emptying the bucket into the toilet, and washing out the bucket with soap and water before replacing it back into the frog base. Don’t forget to have them flush the toilet and wash their hands to end off each potty time.
Potty Seat Covers
I do recommend starting with a potty chair that is at the child’s height or ground level providing easy access, comfort, and stability for the child while they are doing their business. However, I have worked with some parents who prefer their child learn on an adult toilet so continuing potty training outside the house would not be a problem. If that is the case with you, make sure to provide your child with a foot stool to make it easier for them to get on and off the toilet as independently and comfortably as possible.
Another thing to add for the comfort of home, would be to provide your child with a potty seat fit for them that can be placed over an adult-sized toilet seat. My current favorite is the Next Step Built-In Potty Seat. This two-in-one toilet seat accommodates both adults and children with its built-in potty seat that secures magnetically to the lid cover when not in use. Though a bit pricier, about $30 at Target, this potty seat being built-in removes the need of having that extra potty seat cover laying around your bathroom when your child is not using it.
If you are in the process of potty training your child and you do invest in a removable potty training seat (like the Arm & Hammer Secure Comfort Potty Seat by Munchkin for $9.49 at Target), it does come in handy for outings away from home. It’s not always accessible to lug around an entire potty chair when you are out with your little ones and they need to use the bathroom, but are not yet comfortable with an adult size toilet. What you can do, however, is make a travel kit. Trade in your diaper bag for a tote bag to carry a removal potty training seat to place over an adult-size toilet, wipes, hand sanitizer, and a spare change of clothes in case of accidents.
When opting to use a removable potty training seat cover (like the one pictured in the travel kit above) at home, I also recommend investing in the Mom Invented Toilet Tank Potty Hook for easy storage in the bathroom. By simply hanging a Potty Hook from the toilet tank, it allows you to hang and hook your child’s potty seat cover to the side of your toilet when not in use while eliminating clutter on your bathroom floor. You can even find a two-for-one deal at Target that includes a Potty Hook and a Potty Training Seat Cover for $12.99. Sounds like another win to me.
Be sure to introduce your child’s new potty in a fun way to get them excited about this next step in their lives. You can check out my list of potty training tools for some ideas to get you started.
Most of all, potty training takes a lot of patience, and keeping to schedules on the parents and caretakers part. I have always found that children learn best with routine and repetitiveness. Don’t give up. We’ve all been there.
Have you used one of these potty chairs or seats, or do you have a different product you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.