Which Potty Chair to Buy?

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What Potty Chair is Best?

When it is time to potty train, many parents ponder over which potty chair to purchase. Some potties play songs and have stickers. Some have cute little animal faces and are different bright colors of the rainbow. When my kids were potty training, they didn’t have the cute music coming out of the potty and wipe-able story books to read while on the potty chair. Now there is even a talking potty that you can record your voice on to encourage your child while on the potty. The video above suggested some tips like decorating the potty.

But what I found with my children was when I bought the cute little blue potty chair with a puppy face design on it for my oldest son, he though it was a toy. Even when I pulled down his training pants and sat him down on it. He would think it was a new place to play. I even put it in the bathroom next to the grown-up toilet and told him to “wee wee” every few hours when we were getting our “training schedule” down and he still thought it was a play time thing. So I tried a potty seat that looked like a tiny toilet without designs or colors.


That worked a bit better but the thing that worked the best was a toilet seat adapter that fit on the real toilet. To my son, this meant seriously time to potty. He knew what everyone did on the grown-up toilet and now he could sit on it with the toilet insert and do the same thing. It takes more time from the adult potty training the child because you accompany him to the bathroom and make sure he gets up his step stool to the potty or place him on the potty yourself. 

What to Look For in a Potty Chair

When purchasing your potty trainer/adapter seat, make sure it fits securely so it doesn’t slide around.Stability is very important for safety and for your toddler to feel secure and comfortable on the toilet. Some trainer seats today have a dial that adjusts to any type of toilet seat. The best feature, though, is the dial that adjusts the toiler trainer to any type of toilet seat. They usually all have splash guards which is a helpful feature especially for boys to prevent “spray accidents.”

Here is a very good video on YouTube from a parent potty training his child explaining the potty chair he chose and why. He goes over many of the things I mentioned here from my experience with potty training and I believe he is on the right track with his choice of potty seat.

Serious Potty Chair

Needless to say we all learn with the first child, the “trial and error” method. So with all three of my oldest son’s siblings, I used the straight to the toilet with a toilet adapter/trainer seat method for our potty training— no bells, bright colors, designs, no whistles, songs or wipe-able books. My kids wanted none of that…serious toilet boot camp for them is what they liked and what made them feel “grown-up” when using the bathroom like “big boys and girls.” An occasional comic book perusing while sitting on the “pot” awaiting the arrival of the “package,” however was acceptable.

Please share your choices for the potty training chair with us. See ya next time. 😉

Delois McKay

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