Most of us take great care in choosing certain things. Our clothes, for instance? We’re careful not to mix plaids with stripes or wear something with a giant spaghetti stain (at least, usually). But we don’t, however, carefully select our child’s potty. Considering what it’s used for, this isn’t surprising: they’re all going to crap, regardless of the brand.
Even so, selecting the right potty for your training endeavors can make or break the process. Not all toilets are created equal, especially in the eyes of the toddler just learning to go.
Fortunately for you, and your throw rug too, there are several potties on the market that make training fun.
So, what are some of the best potty training seats and chairs worthy of your money?
Best Potty Seats:
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.
Best Potty Chairs:
Summer Infant My Size Potty
One of the biggest pros lies in the aforementioned realism – it helps your child understand the purpose of the potty. It comes with a storage area too, somewhere to hide the (absolutely necessary) wipes or, if potty training is going particularly bad, the other stuff: use it to store your flask.
The biggest con lies in the splashguard – it falls off, rendering it useless. This increases the odds that the pee won’t so much land in the potty as it will all over your new Nikes. While splashguards are more important to boys, some moms and dads find that they are beneficial to the bathroom floors regardless of your child’s gender.
BABYBJORN Potty Chair
On the plus side, it’s sturdy and elegant (yes, toilets can be stunning!). It won’t collapse under your child’s weight or be an eyesore inside your home. It’s also the perfect size for toddlers training around the typical age (two-ish) and comfortable – something you certainly want your child’s toilet to be. It’s easy to clean too!
The drawback is this toilet isn’t easy to grab. If you want to pick it up quickly and move it around with one hand, this can be an inconvenience.
BABYBJORN Smart Potty
This toilet has a special ergonomic design that makes it perfect for the toilet training process: it tells your child to get comfortable and let ‘em rip! It’s also smaller than most potties, which makes it a smart choice for parents who don’t want a bulky toilet blocking their bathroom.
Some of the pros include: highly portable, versatile design, BPA-free, and multiple color options. It is also simple to clean.
The cons include no back support and the size. The former can decrease the level of comfort your child feels when staying on the toilet for an extended period. As for size, this toilet is not ideal for kids who are tall.
OXO Tot Potty Chair
This toilet is known for its simple design, something that makes it easy to clean. In fact, this is one of the biggest selling points for this product: most people don’t want to spend lots of time cleaning up their own urine, let alone someone else’s.
Another perk is the portability: it comes with a handle! The high backrest is a nice touch as well: it encourages proper potty posture. The toilet has a nonslip base which is a pro for many parents, though some have complained of its efficiency.
In the cons column? The splashguard rears its head! It’s too small to be effective for some kids, requiring parents to modify the toilet in order to get the pee where it belongs. Another con lies in the size: if you’re training your child late (or they’re big for their age), this toilet may be too small for them.
Summer Infant Lil’ Loo Potty
This potty is so comfortable that you may want to use it yourself (but don’t – the weight limit is only fifty pounds). The back is high, so children can lean back as they use it.
The cons include feet that don’t grip as well as they should and a toilet that has no lid. The latter allows kids to put whatever they want in the toilet: toys, shoes, pet hamsters.
Primo 4-in-1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer and Step Stool
This is a toilet designed to stay with your child through each leg of the toilet trek. It starts as a stand-alone chair, becomes a seat for the adult toilet, morphs into a step stool, and also evolves into an easy to carry contraption.
The advantages are, of course, the versatility – this toilet can last until your child is taught, trained, and ready to take on the world with nary a diaper in sight. The soft seat is also a nice touch…literally; your children will appreciate the comfort. The seat is extra large for added stability and comes with handles too.
The cons include weight limit – it tops out at forty-five pounds which may be an issue if you have a child training late or one who is big for their age. The toilet also has several grooves that are hard to reach and clean. And, the pee guard has garnered a few bad reviews with some parents stating that it is too small for many boys.
Summer Infant Step by Step Potty
The pros include comfort – the seat is comfortable enough that children won’t be deterred, not even if they tend to take a while finishing things up. The splash guard also works well. This potty looks like a “mommy and daddy” potty with a lid and toilet paper dispenser. It has a flushable wipes holder too, all things that may encourage children to go. Kids want to be like their parents, after all.
On the bad side, some pee may get stuck at the bottom of the toilet, requiring frequent cleaning. And, though it has a potty seat designed to fit on an actual toilet, it may not fit correctly if the toilet seat is elongated.
Joovy Loo Potty Chair
Among the pros is the size capacity – it accommodates both children small and big for their age (the toilet can hold more than sixty pounds – teach your Rottweiler how to use it!). It also has a sealed inner bowl which keeps spills from getting into the toilet’s hard to reach (i.e., hard to clean) places.
Its simplicity is a negative for some – it does not have a lid or any frills. It doesn’t morph into a stool either. And the toilet doesn’t resemble a toy, which some moms and dads find beneficial (as it’s not distracting). However, some kids may find this toilet boring and grow bored with the idea of using it. Peeing in your pants? So much more exciting.
Choosing a potty is an important task. Sure, it might not be as vital as choosing a car or choosing a career, but the right toilet can help your child train faster and make the overall process more enjoyable.
These products aren’t perfect (like everything else in life), but they’re solid, sufficient selections, making them ideal for the tinkle and beautiful for the bowels.