Whether you’re preparing for potty training or in the middle of it (or you’re just skimming the internet for toilet articles like a weirdo), you’ve probably come to realize one thing: toilet training is a challenge! The tears, the tantrums, the brown bathroom floor that you swear was white this morning – it’s enough to drive even the most patient parent a little crazy. But (or butt?) potty seats can help!
Why Buy a Potty Seat?
Toilets already come with seats, making the idea of a potty training seat a bit superfluous. But a child-size potty seat is a necessary adaption to an adult-size toilet. You’re not stacking toilet seats on top of toilet seats and building a tower; you’re fostering comfort for your child. It’s simple: a child who feels comfortable with the toilet will use it; a child who doesn’t will not.
Not only that, but potty seats offer several advantages. They provide minimal cleanup (unlike standalone potty chairs), they don’t clutter your bathroom, they’re easily portable, and they remove the need to retrain your child when they progress from a “child” potty to an “adult” one. They also give kids a little extra encouragement – with a potty training seat, they can use the big toilet. And that makes them feel big, bold, and proud of themselves.
So, with that in mind, what are some of the best potty seats worth buying? They include:
Munchkin Sturdy Potty Seat
This potty seat is lightweight, making it a cinch to carry as you train your little one. It fits most standard toilets and is designed (with easy-grip handles and a non-skid edge that keeps the seat in place) to give your child confidence when learning to go. It’s designed for hands-on participation too – kids can grab it themselves whenever they need to go.
In the pros column, the seat won’t shift or move or scare your child away from the potty. It’s also the ideal size for fitting inside a shopping bag (for those who want to be a little more discreet about the fact that they’re toting a toilet around). And it’s easy to clean!
The biggest drawback is the type of toilet it fits on – if toilets are smaller or bigger than usual, the seat might not work. Some parents find that it does fit on different sized toilets, but not without their assistance – you may have to hold your child steady while they go. Hopefully it’s number one.
Fisher-Price The Perfect Potty Ring
The company that seemingly invented every toy ever offers a potty training seat as well. This is an adjustable potty seat that fits on top of most toilets. It comes with handles that offer children security and a hook for easy storage.
One of the biggest pros is that it’s good for boys with a splash guard that does its job (while many potty chairs and potty seats are easier used by girls). The urine goes where it should – down the drain. It has a backrest too, which kids like when they have to spend a few extra moments finishing things up (or pushing things out).
Among the cons is comfort. The seat is sans pad – some kids want some cush for their tush and some don’t mind sitting on plastic. The pee guard is also a bit sharp, something concerning for parents of sons.
Potty Training Seat by Jool Baby
This toilet seat is designed to fit most toilets securely. It comes in an aqua color, different from plain white but not loud enough to conflict with your bathroom decor. It’s made with nonslip material so your child doesn’t move around while trying to learn. The company offers a money back guarantee for unhappy customers.
The perks of this seat are the design and the simplicity; kids can grab it themselves, making them feel more independent and encouraging the idea of toilet training. It’s also easy to clean and has a hook for hanging.
The drawbacks are: splash guard is too low and seat might not be soft enough for some kids.
Munchkin Grip Potty Training Seat
Parents like that this has a splashguard tall enough to catch all the urine, making it perfect for the parent who enjoys Splash Mountain at Disneyland, but does not like it inside the bathroom. The splashguard’s pliability assures safety when getting on and off the seat. The seat is also easy to remove and install.
Other parents have complained that it’s hard to clean – though the splash guard works, the seat comes with many crevices that act as storage pools for urine.
BABYBJORN Toilet Trainer
One of the pros is this seat is very well-made. It’s also very comfortable; kids who have trouble on less stable seats may find that this one works better. It’s easy to clean and, because it’s so lightweight, easy for your child to use all by themselves (hence the importance of being easy to clean).
Con-wise, the pee has a way of getting onto the actual toilet seat when used by boys. In fairness, this could have more to do with the aim of a novice than the actual product.
Potty Training Seat By Zohzo
This product has a universal design geared not only to fit most toilets, but fit them perfectly. It also maximizes comfort while minimizing the chance of your child slipping off. It offers a risk-free purchase, with money refunded to those who are unsatisfied.
The pros include size – it’s smaller than other potty training seats, which makes it easier to store and tote around. This also allows more kids to use it by themselves without parents’ help. It’s easy to clean.
The cons include boys – sure, having boys is a blessing; teaching them to toilet train, that’s more of a “messing.” When used by boys, this seat doesn’t offer a sloped enough splashguard to keep all urine in the toilet. Another con is that the toilet seat doesn’t come off the hook very easily, a con that could be a messy, stinky issue if your child’s in a rush.
Potty Training Seat by HEYOK Baby
This toilet is easy to install and works on oval or round toilet seats. It’s also durable, allowing you to use it for years and years (hopefully you won’t need to, but it’s there just in case). Of course, you can also use it for future children too! It offers a soft texture and a 30-day money back guarantee.
In the “gotta have” column, the design is aesthetically pleasing and perfect for parents who like “cute.” It’s also easy to store, for those who like “cute” even more when it doesn’t walk the fine line of “clutter.”
In the “should I pass?” column, the toilet does move around a little which may be an issue for kids especially scared of falling in.
Potty Training Seat by COZY GREENS
What parents like is the comfort – it’s soft, but secure. The style is nice too – it’s sleek and simple rather than a busy eyesore that screams “I’m used for crapping!” A portion of the purchase also goes to charity.
What parents dislike is the splashguard – it may be too small for some boys.
Many parents opt to ditch the potty chairs and go directly to the potty seats. If you’re one of them, any of the above is a nice choice. They aren’t guaranteed to make potty training a breeze, but they can make it feel less like a raging rainstorm with the unexpected occasional mudslide.