Whether you go with a potty chair or a potty seat is up to you. But knowing the difference between the two, including the pros and drawbacks of each, can help you make the right decision.
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Potty Chair Vs Potty Seat
Potty chairs are the plastic toilets made specifically for toilet training; they’re standalone and portable. Potty seats are seats you attach to a regular toilet so that your child can sit comfortably and – bonus – not fall into the bowl.
The pros of potty chairs include:
- They come with your child’s favorite characters and may include – literally – lots of bells and whistles
- The small size is less intimidating than a toilet
- Children can easily climb on top of them
- You can carry them with you on road trips, allowing you to make a pit stop in the middle of rural Pittsburgh if needed
The cons of potty chairs include:
- They’re not connected to plumbing so you must dump the contents yourself
- You must clean these chairs regularly
- They can take up space in the bathroom, which might be an issue if your bathroom is already cluttered or small
The pros of potty seats include:
- Children are quickly acclimated to regular toilets without the need for a transition period (which is required when using a potty chair)
- Using the toilet regularly cultivates safety in the child and helps them go in other toilets, such as those in relatives’ homes or in the bathrooms at the mall
- There is no dumping or cleaning on your part (though you’ll need to wipe down the seat from time to time)
The cons of potty seats include:
- Most children won’t be able to reach the potty seat without the use of a step stool
- The height of the toilet can land as scary and uncomfortable, which can leave your child more resistant to training
- The child’s feet should rest on a flat surface when using the toilet, which requires you to maneuver the step stool
Ultimately, there is no proper answer – it comes down to what is right for your kiddo. And, if you pick one and find that it doesn’t work as well as you’d hoped, you can try the alternative. The key is finding what’s most comfortable.
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