Childs Potty Chair Buying Guide
There are two types of potty chairs on the market to choose from. These two choices are the free standing potty that sits on the floor and works for children 18 months to 3 years of age and the kid size potty seat that fits over the adult toilet. Each one has pros and cons that we will list for you below.
Freestanding Potty Chair
This portable potty chair can be used in any room you choose so the child doesn’t have to make a mad dash to the bathroom when the urge hits them. When children are first learning to use the big toilet, they sometimes will ignore the signs until they have to run.
If they have to reach a bathroom that is across the house from where they are, chances of an accident are pretty big which can be a real source of frustration for the child. Having a freestanding potty chair means you can set it up in the bedroom if you are in there with your child, the back hall, den…even the kitchen if you choose.
Once they start recognizing the signs better you can move their freestanding potty to the bathroom so they understand that they need to do their business in the bathroom and not just anywhere the mood hits.
The freestanding potty is lightweight and you can travel with it easily and even taking it on camping trips. It is the perfect size for a child without worrying about them falling in or being scared by the loud flushing noises they may not be used to.
A few of the things parents don’t like about potty chairs is that it is made of plastic and doesn’t really do anything to blend in with the existing décor. It is simple in design and they are not made with decorating and furnishings in mind.
Some parents don’t like having to dump the small inner potty and having to clean it each time, but for the child that has a fear of the large toilet, this freestanding potty could be the difference between them learning to use the bathroom and remaining in diapers far longer than they need to.
Features to Look For in a Freestanding Potty Chair
- Sturdy, non-tip construction when the child is sitting down and standing up
- High back for comfort if your child has to sit awhile while they are learning
- Pull out bowl for easy dumping and cleaning for the parent
- Bright, colorful designs and colors that appeal to the child and make them want to use the potty chair
- A removable potty seat for the next stage of training and transitioning to the big potty.
- Non skid bottom so it stays secure
- Removable splash guard for little boys
This type of potty training method can either be a set of steps that has a kid sized potty seat that fits over the larger one, or it can just be the seat that can be taken off when the adult needs to use the bathroom and replaced for the child.
If your little one loves being big like mommy or daddy, this type of potty chair is perfect because they get to use the big potty without the worry or fear of falling in. Other benefits include the room they save by just sitting on top of the adult toilet rather than having to take up a space on the floor.
It can also be taken on trips (after being cleaned and being put in a plastic bag) and kept in the suitcase. It can also move from bathroom to bathroom as necessary and there is no extra potty bowl to dump or clean. A few of the drawbacks to this type of potty chair is that it does have to be moved when other family members need to use the bathroom.
This can be inconvenient if there are a lot of people using the bathroom. In the event that this is a frequent occurrence due to having a large family, teach the child as early as possible how to place the kid sized seat on top before they climb up to sit down.
Features to Look For in a Potty Seat
- Adjustable potty seat that will securely fit any adult toilet seat
- Non skid potty seat that lies on top of the adult toilet seat securely without shifting and scaring the little one.
- A built in step stool that can be attached to the seat or pushed up to the toilet when it’s time to go
- Sturdy handles for helping the child get up onto the seat from t he steps and down safely
- Removable splash guard for little boys
Ways to Make Potty Training a Positive Experience for Your Child
There are some extra things that you can do to encourage your child to transition from diapers to the potty chair. These tips and suggestions can make potty training something your child actually looks forward to rather than something they avoid.
- If you’re using a potty chair, give your child a little space in the bathroom that is theirs. Make sure it has their own roll of toilet paper within easy access of their potty chair so they don’t have to stand up and get the roll from somewhere else.
- Set up a little entertainment box that has children’s books and a few little toys to keep their attention if they need to sit for longer than a minute or two. Sitting and reading on the potty is a great way to teach them because they stop concentrating on doing something in the potty and pay attention to the book. This change in focus can make it much easier for them to do what they are supposed to do in the potty.
- Make sure there is a step stool within reach where they can wash their hands after using the potty. Purchase some kid sized liquid soap to encourage always washing their hands.
- Provide a little treat bucket after they have been successful at using the potty. After they have used the potty and washed their hands, they are allowed to come to the treat/reward bucket and pick a treat.
- Include them in the selection process. If they get to choose their own potty chair they are going to be anxious to “try it out”.
- Allow them to choose their first package of big boy or girl underwear. They may be so excited to wear their big boy or girl underwear that the potty training process becomes super easy.
The potty training process is different for every child that embarks on this journey. Each child will be ready to potty train at a different age so don’t start pressuring them to potty train before they are ready unless they are getting close to school age. (4 and above) Some children are ready right at 2 years of age and some, it takes a little longer.
Having the right potty chair can make a big difference in how your child views potty training. If you get them a couple of books on the subject, involve them in the potty selection process and give them a great little space that their potty can go that is set up with toilet paper, books and more, they will likely be very interested in trying out this new way of using the bathroom.
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