Potties, Potties, Potties!!!
There are many products on the market for potty chairs, potty seats and toilet trainers. As someone new to this topic and unsure of where to begin, I have compiled a few suggestions as well as products. This is a comparison of boys and girls training potty seats and toilet trainers. Do you want a separate toilet seat that goes on the ground next to the big boy’s potty? Are you looking for a toilet trainer that will go over the already existing commode? There are benefits and drawbacks to both. Below we will explore the differences between each as well as give examples of some of the most popular products.
A potty seat is a miniature replica of your current toilet built just for your little toddler. They come in all shapes and sizes, with bells and whistles and lights; if potty fun is your thing. They are small potties (some bigger than others), so they are close to the ground making it easy for your child to get on and off. It will make your child feel that they are “a big boy/girl” “doing it themselves”.
A few potential problems that may arise from potty seats are that your child may not want to go to the bathroom when their personal potty is not present. They may be so used to their “own” potty that they refuse to go to the bathroom at a friend’s house on a regular toilet because they are not used to it. The potty seat also needs to be cleaned up. While this clean up is messy, it is not too much messier than all the diapers over the past two+ years. This is why less can be more in a potty seat when clean up is factored in; fewer bells and whistles will make for easier clean up.
Below are examples of popular potty seats:
Fisher-Price Precious Planet Potty
Friendly froggy character
Easy clean removable bucket
Integrated splash guard for boys
Fisher-Price Cheer for Me! Potty
Realistic toilet elements
Fun rewards and encouragements
Removable bowl for easy cleanup
Potty ring can be removed and used as a trainer
Fisher-Price Ducky Fun 3-in-1 Potty
Music plays to reward success and give encouragement
3-in-1: Potty, removable seat to use as trainer and use as a step-stool
Easy clean bucket
Baby Bjorn Potty Chair
Splash guard to protect against messes
Removable inner potty for easy clean up
Rubber bottom edges to keep potty in place
Comes in blue, gray, green, pink, red and white
Baby Bjorn Smart Potty
Removable inner potty with splash guard
Rubber rim to firmly place on floor
Choice of red, blue, white, pink, green and yellow
PRI 4-in-1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer and Step Stool
Extra large easy to clean pot
3-in-1 Toilet trainer Potty Seat
Removable basin for quick-clean
A toilet trainer is a different method vs. the potty seat. It is a toilet device that fits over the current toilet seat in the bathroom. Mostly it consists of a seat built to fit the smaller proportioned behind of your little one. This gets the child comfortable with using a regular sized toilet. This comfort level with the real toilet provides for minimal transition period from training to regular toilet. A BIG plus is that clean up is nil. You just flush it away like a regular bathroom trip!
On the downside of toilet trainers, your child needs to be able to get up onto the toilet or you will need to be there to help with every trip to the bathroom (though you should be there for all of them in the beginning anyhow). A stool can help this process, but your child will need to be careful as they are higher off the ground than usual.
Below are examples of popular toilet trainers:
Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer
Adjusts to fit most toilet seats
A splash guard to reduce messes
Comes in black blue and red highlights
Arm and Hammer Secure Comfort Potty Seat
Non-skid edges to decrease shifting
Contoured to hold child in place
Colors may very (blue or green)
Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Tushie Potty Seat
Sanitary lifting handle/hanging hook in the rear
Glow in the dark duck print with bubbles
Potty Seats or Toilet Trainers
Which one is for your child?
I hope this has helped cut some confusion between potty seats and toilet trainers. Thank you for reading the comparison of boys and girls training potty seats and toilet trainers. If you have questions about if it is time to potty train a toddler, please read my other article.