So you’re ready to pull the plug on diapers and start potty-training. And that means you need the best potty-training seat and potty-training toilet to get the job done. But given that the market is, well, saturated, the search for a potty chair can be as taxing as getting your kid to actually use the damn thing.
But first, some basics. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that in general, most kids are physically ready to start toilet-training at around 18 months. But that doesn’t mean they’re cognitively ready to do it. They need the motor skills to actually get to the bathroom, and the emotional desire to be independent. Once your kid is interested in using an actual toilet, then make your move.
And aside from ending your reliance on diapers, which are horrendous for the environment, there are other payoffs to learning to use the toilet: Kids who go potty get a “wonderful new sense of competence and even independence. Your child has become more confident and independent as a result of your efforts to help him achieve this developmental milestone, and his pride in his ability to master a new skill will support his further development,” per the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Take your kid with you when you buy the potty training seat, so they have some ownership of the situation and feel empowered. Where you place the potty is up to you and your child. After your kiddo starts using it on a regular basis, move it to the bathroom and then replace it with a toddler toilet seat on an adult toilet.
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Honestly, this thing is actually sort of, well, nice-looking. It's understated and sleek, and has a removable basin for easy clean-up. It makes a flushing sound and has a back compartment for wipes (or books). To really get the most of the time on the throne.
Just in case you're one of the many parents who read on the toilet, your kid can now mimic what you do on the throne. Mimicry is how children learn about the world, after all. This clever potty seat has a seven inch wide built-in storage compartment to hold books or wipes. That means junior can peruse the latest toddler tome while doing his or her business.
If your kid prefers validation when he or she pees or poops, this is the chair for you. Every successful visit to the potty is rewarded with music, sounds, lights and phrases, and kids hear an ocean sound when they flush. The potty ring with handles is removable.
Think of this as a disco for your bathroom. This battery-operated potty trainer has brights lights that flash in time with six melodies to help your kid do his or her business. It plays songs with every flush. There's a built-in splash guard, a built-in storage compartment, and it converts to a trainer seat for adult-sized toilets.
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This old stalwart has served parents well for years and years. It's comfortable for kids, it's stable and won't move around, and it's (fairly) easy to empty. And it's portable.
This looks like an adult toilet. This sounds like an adult toilet. And when your kid is ready to use the actual adult toilet, the removable soft foam topper can be placed on your toilet to give kids a sense of continuity.
If your child is leery of anything that looks like an actual toilet, get him or her a whale. A very cute whale. It's easy on the eyes, it's easy to clean, and has a handy lid to avoid any spillage or smells.
Boys have issues with aim. And that's why you need a potty chair with a splash guard. Like this one. You get three products in one here. The potty chair transitions into a toilet trainer seat and a step stool. But best of all, it has a removable, high splash guard for boys who tend to get urine everywhere but in the potty.
This training potty looks and sounds like an adult toilet and it's modular, so it grows with your kid. You can remove the seat to fit on top of an adult toilet seat. It has side grippers so toddlers can safely hold on to side of seat.
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If you're grossed out by poop and pee cleanup, get this potty. It has a completely sealed inner bowl and is designed with only two parts, which fit cleanly together to minimize any spills. It's got a no-touch grab handle, so you can empty the sizable bowl without ever coming into contact with fecal matter.
A parent favorite, this one is lightweight enough for kids to hold and place on their own, which makes them feel more in charge. And it has a dial on it so it's adjustable and fits most standard toilets.
It's not just the size of a standard toilet seat that can be intimidating for toddlers — the climb up to the toilet seat itself can be daunting, or impossible, without a parental assist. This sturdy stepladder makes the transition to toilet-seat training more fun for toddlers, and can augment their independence as they experiment with learning to take care of their own potty needs.
Once your kid masters the potty seat, he or she is ready to tackle an actual toilet seat, sized just for them. Easy to remove once your kid masters using the toilet for real, this potty-training toilet seat comes with a nightlight for midnight pee outings.
Ultra-simple and portable, this potty-training toilet seat with easy-grip handles stays firmly in place and is super-easy to clean. An affordable choice that gives little toilet trainees confidence on the throne.
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