The best training potty
Potty training doesn't need to be stressful for you and your kid. And choosing the right seat fit for your little one makes the journey easier.
Training potties are kid-sized toilets that make going to the bathroom less intimidating. Standalone styles have fun colors and design features like armrests to provide a comfortable, inviting seat. Some styles stack on top of toilets, providing a tiny cushion to fit little bottoms. Training potties also use splash guards and easy-to-clean buckets, so parents can rejoice in potty progress, instead of being bummed out by cleaning another toilet.
We're here to help you find the perfect training potty for your little one with our buying guide. We're also including our favorite potty, the Summer Infant My Size Potty, a tiny toilet at an inviting size that encourages kids to use the potty like grown-ups.
Considerations when choosing training potties
While these fall into the convertible potty category, standalone potties are self-contained units. They can be placed anywhere in the bathroom, which is helpful if yours is on the smaller side. These often offer a single stage of potty training, so if you'd like to progress in paced phases, consider other convertible potties instead.
Two-in-one potties: These potties function as either a standalone potty or can be upgraded to a seat reducer on your toilet. To attach it there are safety latches and handles to keep little ones stable while they go.
Three-in-one potties: These capitalize on the two-in-one style and convert into step stools. They can be used to help kids climb onto a regular toilet or to reach the sink to wash their hands
Four-in-one potties: On top of what three-in-one potties have to offer, these advanced potties also include storage areas for reading materials, wipes, and toilet paper.
Travel potties are a convenient way to continue potty training outside the home. More often than not, you'll see them in the form of seat reducers. They're usually compact, some of which are collapsible for easy packing in carry-on luggage or baby bags.
Splash guards are helpful for little boys as they practice using the toilet with accuracy. These helpful features are located at the front and center of a training potty, and they resemble a peak that curves inward to control potential urine splashes.
Training potties sometimes feature convenient storage areas. Some models have their own holders for toilet paper rolls, whereas others have space to hold wipes. For little ones who are avid readers, they can store their favorite books and magazines in cubbies or shelves of their training potty.
Ease of cleaning
Let's face it, you don't need another toilet to clean, which is why training potties with removable buckets or chambers are ideal. Instead of bending down to clean the potty, you can remove the contents and then handwash it. With that said, not all training potties have a simple cleaning system like this, so definitely explore this feature in the models you're considering.
Training potties are more exciting than ever before, especially when they come alive (in a good way) with interactive features. Certain models have soundboards that play music or flushing sounds, and others have flashing lights. Some potties have working toilet handles when pressed down, and a musical spectacle or light show begins to celebrate a successful potty session.
Training potties cost between $20 and $50. Travel or simple convertible potties are usually $25 or less. More complex convertible and stand-alone potties cost between $25 and $50. Specialty potties that feature licensed characters could cost $50 or more.
Q. Do regular rolls of toilet paper fit on training potty roll holders?
A. It depends on the design. If your toilet paper roll is too bulky, opt for one that is used halfway to ensure it fits on the holder.
Q. Does it matter what color or design a training potty is?
A. It might to some kids, especially if it's in their favorite color or has a beloved character featured on it. More than anything, it presents the potty as approachable, which could make potty training a bit more appealing to them.
Training potties we recommend
Best of the best: Summer Infant's My Size Potty
Our take: Mini model of a toilet encourages children to use it because it's no longer large and intimidating.
What we like: Unique wipe storage in tank and button-operated flushing sound effects are cute and practical.
What we dislike: Mixed reviews on splash guard for this tiny toilet.
Best bang for your buck: Primo's 4-in-1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer
Our take: Budget-priced potty chair that takes home and travel training into consideration.
What we like: Handles are used by children as they become comfortable. Step stool can be used to reach sinks.
What we dislike: Cleaning is a bit of a challenge and could become messy.
Our take: Seat-style training toilet is inviting and disarming. Attractive design details turns this tiny toilet into a cute potty throne.
What we like: Easy to clean. Armrests help little ones maneuver in and out of the seat. No splash guard in the way on the pink model.
What we dislike: Adjustability doesn't accommodate a large enough range of sizes.
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