Today I wanted to talk about which toilet I consider to be the best potty training toilet for children. I talk about picking the right seat in my ebook, Potty Train in a weekend, but I will share a little snippet of that section of the book here today, because this is an important part of potty training.
If you read my past post about how to potty train in 3 days you will know that this is an important step in preparing to toilet-train your child because it can make things easier or harder for your child. It will get them excited to start and help them along the way.
I potty trained each of our three sons before they turned two (in the 20 month range) and I plan on potty training our daughter this way, as well, when she is around 18-22 months old. I have found this to be a really effective, quick, and exciting (for you & your child) way to train our children. They are so proud of themselves when they are trained and wearing their “big kid” underwear and we don’t “drag it on”, which works for both of us! It also saves a lot of money on diapers, as I mention in my post how to be a stay at home mom on one income.
So, today we are going to explore the best potty training toilet for your child.
If you want to know the top 10 best training toilets, start here…
I picked out the potty seats for our kids, but you may want to take your child with you to let him/her pick out a chair that they like. Our seat of choice is the Baby Bjorn training toilet because they were small and our kids are very petite (I am only 4’11). Here is the one that we have:
If you are training a young child, a smaller chair might be a better fit for you, as well.
One main reason that I prefer the smaller chairs, that sit independently on the floor, instead of the insert that goes on top the big toilet seat, because when they have a bowel movement, they will push their feet on the ground, using their feet to brace themselves to push down. A small training toilet allows your child’s feet touch the floor.
The downside of the independent toilet seat is that you will have to do the potty-dumping/wiping out/ cleaning after each bowel movement or each time that they urinate, whereas a child that uses the big potty has less mess. With that being said, we had the seat insert and I found it to be a HORRIBLE mess! Urine would get inside of it and would be impossible to get out (in between the cushion and the plastic). It was also a mess because if they would get urine on it, it inevitably dripped from the insert onto the toilet and onto the floor.
My friend, Jill, liked the kind that sits right on the (big) toilet seat for when her family is out to eat, shopping or traveling. She had a fold-up seat that she would keep in a large plastic bag, inside of her diaper bag. She relied on it for restaurants and trips, instead of lining the seats with toilet paper.
Baby Bjorn makes a really tiny ‘travel potty’ that we keep in the car for those little emergencies. (Here is my post on Potty training when you are out. ) Here is the little potty that I’m talking about- it doesn’t have an insert & is very small so it is very portable. We bought ours at Babies-R-Us.
If you are interested in more about potty training, I highly recommend that you read my ebook Potty Train in a Weekend. I will also offer personal support through e-mail when you purchase the book- or you can always message me via Facebook.
Leave your favorite toilet training seats in the comments section for everyone to see- we are always learning from each other.
Here are my top ones…
Here are some more posts in my potty training series that you might find helpful:
- Potty Train your Toddler in 3 days
- Potty Training Hurdles
- Potty Training at night
- Potty Training boys sitting or standing