POPULAR SEARCHES          ALL THE SHOPPING TIPS          WHY 'DONKEY' SHOPPER?       MAIN PAGE  

Potty Seats

Who knew going to the bathroom could be so fun? Along with features, such as converting to a stepstool, fitting it onto the toilet, easy-clean surfaces and deflectors, today's potties offer moulded handles and musical tunes. Alas, the tunes don't always work.

Real life example: "We originally purchased the musical potty and thought it'd be great because it played music when they go to the bathroom," says Deidre McCloskey, mom of two girls in Barrie, Ont. "But Madison didn't like it because she couldn't flush the toilet and that grossed her out. So we bought a seat that sits on top of the toilet - this worked much better and we had no transition from potty to toilet."

Michaud tried both a separate potty and a kid-size cover that fits onto an adult toilet. What worked? The seat cover. "He liked having the same toilet as Mommy and Daddy," she says. The disadvantage was having to take it off each time an adult needed the toilet, she adds.

Caroline Connell, Today's Parent executive editor and mother of one, is another seat cover fan. "It's less messy than dumping and rinsing a potty each time. But we also kept a potty on the ground floor where we have no bathroom - great for urgent access."

Potty training

Teaching your child to use the potty and the toilet needn't be hard work. Choosing the right time to help your child learn is the key to success - try too soon, and you will be disappointed.

While a few toddlers are properly trained before the age of two, most children are rather older than this, particularly if they don't have older siblings to copy. And even after they are trained it's not at all unusual for a three or four-year-old to have 'accidents' from time to time. Yes, you can achieve training before the age of two, but it often means your child has to be reminded about the toilet several times a day, and the 'hanging on' time is reduced to a few vital seconds. Leave training that little bit later, and your child's physical maturity will mean the whole process is easier and quicker - maybe no more than a few days.

When to start

Being 'trained' is more than being reliably clean and dry most of the day. Before he can be trained, your toddler needs to be able to:
  • Recognise the need to 'go'
  • Hang on for a short time until he gets to the potty or the loo
  • Pull his clothing up or down - though children will need help with difficult garments for some time


Preparing to potty train

  • Around 15 to 18 months introduce your child to the potty. Simply leave it in the bathroom so he can sit on it - for fun - at bathtime
  • Let your child see you using the loo. Better still, if possible, let him watch other children using the potty, for example at a friend's or mums and tots group
  • Explain very simply the connection between what he eats and drinks and what comes out in the potty Starting to potty train
  • From around two years, sit your child on the potty from time to time, and give lots of praise if you 'catch' something
  • If your child regularly opens his bowels at about the same time each day, choose this moment to sit him on the potty
  • When you are at home take off his nappy and if it's warm enough let him run around without pants. You will need to remind him regularly to tell you if he needs the potty
  • He is bound to have accidents - simply clean up and tell him where the poo or the wee should go next time
  • Occasionally, let him try the loo - some children prefer it. Put a child seat on it and a step up to it to make it easier. He may still want you to hold him though
  • Don't expect him to be able to wipe his own bottom - most children need help with this delicate skill for some time


Tips for success

  • An older or physically confident child can skip the potty stage and use the loo from the start
  • Trainer nappies (disposable nappies that look and feel like pants) are useful for the in-between stage of being 'almost dry', and ideal for trips away from home
  • Dress your child in loose trousers or leggings that can be pulled down easily
  • Teach boys to use the potty sitting down at first. They can progress to standing up later on - ask dad to demonstrate!
  • Don't get cross! When accidents happen, stay calm and sympathetic. It's so easy for a toddler to forget about the potty and the loo. If the accidents are making you irritable, leave training for a week or two and go back to nappies. It's no big deal
Previous
Next

3 in 1 Baby Potty Training Toilet Chair Seat Step Ladder Trainer Toddler Blue
Price: $23.99

Kids Potty Training Seat with Step Stool Ladder for Child Toddler Toilet Chair
Price: $17.95

Potty Training Toilet Seat Baby Portable Toddler Chair Kids Girl Boy Trainer NEW
Price: $29.29

Frog Potty Training Toilet Urinal Portable For Baby Toddler Boys Kids Children
Price: $10.77

Frog Potty Kid Child Toddler Boy Baby Bathroom Toilet Urinal Pee Trainer Green
Price: $9.05

GERBER TODDLER GIRL'S POTTY TRAINING PANTS WITH TERRY & PEVA LINING 2-PACK 2T/3T
Price: $7.99

Frog POTTY TRAINING TOILET URINAL with Target Kids Pee Children Toddler
Price: $8.39

Kalencom Potette Plus Potty Seat Liners 30 ct - Ships today, arrives in 3 days!
Price: $9.56

Potty Training Watch Toddler Boys Girls Interval Timing Special Need Autism Aid
Price: $11.99

Kids Potty Training Seat with Step Stool Ladder for Toddler Child Toilet Chair
Price: $15.39

Baby Toddler Potty Chair Seat Toilet Training Summer Infant Kids Boy Girl White
Price: $11.19

Foryee Cute Frog Potty Training Urinal for Boys with Funny Aiming Target - Bla..
Price: $9.54

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom US
Price: $9.89

NEW Gerber Baby Toddler Girl 100% Cotton Training Pants SIZE 2T 3 pair
Price: $4.65
Shipment: $2.75

New Toddler POTTY Time WATCH Toilet Training Aid ~ from Authorized Retailer
Price: $11.99

New Toddler POTTY Time WATCH Toilet Training Aid ~ from Authorized Retailer
Price: $11.99

3 in 1 Baby Potty Training Toilet Chair Seat Step Ladder Trainer Toddler Pink
Price: $29.99

New Toddler POTTY Time WATCH Toilet Training Aid ~ from Authorized Retailer
Price: $11.99

New Toddler POTTY Time WATCH Toilet Training Aid ~ from Authorized Retailer
Price: $11.99

Frog Potty Training Toilet Urinal Portable For Baby Toddler Boys Kids Children
Price: $9.55

Cute Frog Baby Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Trainer for Children Boys Kids
Price: $8.99
Shipment: $0.59

Potty Training Toilet Seat Baby Kids Toddler Pee Trainer Children Seat Chair NEW
Price: $22.22

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $11.42
Shipment: $1.99

Portable Baby Child Potty Urinal Emergency Toilet Camping Car Travel and Kid NEW
Price: $8.98

Baby Toddler Potty Chair Seat Toilet Pee Training Summer Infant Kids Girl Pink
Price: $12.48

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $17.96
Shipment: $1.99

Portable Baby Child Potty Urinal Emergency Toilet Camping Car Travel and Kid NEW
Price: $8.98

Dappi Early Trainer Vinyl TRAINING Pants 2-pk 2T-3T-4T Reusable Washable Toddler
Price: $9.5

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $17.96
Shipment: $1.99

Kid Training Toilet Potty Trainer Seat Chair Toddler W/Ladder Step Up Stool Blue
Price: $20.99

Baby Potty Training Children Toddler Kids Chair Toilet Seat
Price: $14.46

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $11.88
Shipment: $1.99

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $25.78
Shipment: $1.99

NEW Gerber Baby Toddler Boy 100% Cotton Training Pants SIZE 2T 3 pair
Price: $4.65
Shipment: $2.75

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom US
Price: $7.18
Shipment: $3.8

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom US
Price: $9.89

Training Toddler Toilet Urinal Emergency Camping Travel Baby Boy Potty Portable
Price: $6.99

Baby Potty Training Toddler Chair Kids Toilet Seat (Blue + Pink)
Price: $13.79

Cute Frog Baby Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Trainer for Children Boys Kids
Price: $8.99
Shipment: $0.59

3 in 1 Baby Potty System Trainer Toilet Seat Disney Mickey Mouse Sound Chair
Price: $23.74

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $17.96
Shipment: $1.99

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $11.42
Shipment: $1.99

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom US
Price: $9.89

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $11.11

Cute Frog Baby Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Trainer for Children Boys Kids
Price: $8.99
Shipment: $0.59

New Toddler Fun POTTY Time WATCH Toilet Training Aid PINK
Price: $11.99

GERBER TODDLER GIRL'S POTTY TRAINING PANTS WITH TERRY & PEVA LINING 2-PACK 2T/3T
Price: $7.99

Portable Baby Child Potty Urinal Emergency Toilet Camping Car Travel and Kid NEW
Price: $8.98

Seat Trainer Potty Toilet Training Toddler Baby Chair Kids Glow Dark First Years
Price: $15.99

Training Toddler Toilet Urinal Emergency Camping Travel Baby Boy Potty Portable
Price: $6.99

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom US
Price: $9.89

New Disney Minnie Mouse Folding COMPACT Travel Potty Seat Pink Restroom Kid Tool
Price: $12.03

Training Toddler Toilet Urinal Emergency Camping Travel Baby Boy Potty Portable
Price: $6.99

Fisher-Price Learn-to-Flush Potty Frustration-Free Packaging
Price: $26.28

Potty Training Toilet Seat Baby Kids Toddler Pee Trainer Children Chair Boy Girl
Price: $19.62

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom
Price: $4.89

USA Portable Potty Training Toilet Seat Minnie Mouse 3in1 System For Baby Girls
Price: $26.86

GoodNites Bedtime Pants Underwear for Girls - L-XL 11 ct. 60-125 lbs - #4387
Price: $15.07

First Baby Potty Training Children Toddler Kids Chair Toilet Seat
Price: $11.15

Toilet Pee Trainer Chair Training Seat Potty Baby Toddler Step Stool Kids Boys
Price: $25.72

Frog Penguin Kids Children Toddler Boy Potty Toilet Training Urinal Pee Bathroom
Price: $13.92

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom
Price: $8.98
Shipment: $0.5

Gerber Baby Toddler Unisex White Waterproof Pants, 4-Pack Size 2 T
Price: $5.9
Shipment: $2.0

Potty Training Watch Toddler Boys Girls Interval Timing Special Need Autism Aid
Price: $11.99

Potty Training Watch Toddler Boys Girls Interval Timing Special Need Autism Aid
Price: $11.99

Potty Training Watch Toddler Boys Girls Interval Timing Special Need Autism Aid
Price: $11.99

Kid Training Toilet Potty Trainer Seat Chair Toddler With Ladder Step Up Stool
Price: $23.36

Potty Training Seat for Kids Child Toddler with Step Stool Ladder Toilet Chair
Price: $25.99

The First Years 3-In-1 Potty System, Mickey Mouse, New, Free Shipping.
Price: $21.54

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom
Price: $5.59
Shipment: $1.79

Size 3T Thomas the Train Potty Training Underwear Pants Briefs - Tank Engine
Price: $16.99

Potty Training Seat for Kids Child Toddler with Step Stool Ladder Toilet Chair
Price: $25.99

Penguin Standing Potty Training Urinal for Boys with Fun Aiming Target (Black)
Price: $12.79

Wheels Racer Potty Training Seat Boy Toddler Chair Kids Trainer Sit Fun Red
Price: $20.98

Potty training lot books dvd rewards charts
Price: $3.65
Shipment: $2.65

Kid Training Toilet Potty Trainer Seat Chair Toddler With Ladder Step Up Stool
Price: $23.74

Baby Boys Monkey Toilet Potty Training Kids Toddler Urinal Bathroom Pee Trainer
Price: $12.99

Potty Training Toilet Seat Baby Portable Toddler Chair Kids Girl Boy Trainer NEW
Price: $28.95

NEW Gerber Baby Toddler Girl 100% Cotton Training Pants SIZE 3T 3 pair
Price: $4.65
Shipment: $2.75

Kid Training Toilet Potty Trainer Seat Chair Toddler W/Ladder Step Up Stool
Price: $15.23

Dappi Early Trainer Vinyl TRAINING Pants 2-pk 2T-3T-4T Reusable Washable Toddler
Price: $9.5

Frog Potty Kid Child Toddler Boy Baby Bathroom Toilet Urinal Pee Trainer Green
Price: $8.99

Potty Training Toilet Seat Baby Kids Toddler Pee Trainer Children Seat Chair .
Price: $25.01

SummerInfant Lil'Loo Potty Training Toilet Urinal for Kids Boys Children Toddler
Price: $11.8

Potty Training Toilet Seat Baby Portable Toddler Chair PotKids Girl Boy Trainer
Price: $32.0

KID TODDLER CHILD GIRL BOY SOFT PADDED TOILET TRAINING POTTY TRAINER SEAT
Price: $9.99

Kalencom Potette Plus Liners 30 count, Potty Seat Liners 2733-WHT New
Price: $11.99

JZHY 3 Pack Baby Training Pants Cotton Cloth Washable For Toddler Kids-Girl,XL
Price: $9.97

Kid Training Toilet Potty Trainer Seat Chair Toddler With Ladder Step Up Stool
Price: $23.36

Summer Infant Step by Step Potty, Girl New
Price: $25.99

USA 4Pcs Baby Toddler Boy Girl 4 Layers Waterproof Potty Training Pants Reusable
Price: $9.99

Boy Baby Training Cloth Diaper Pants Infant Toddler Underwear Best 2017
Price: $1.83

Baby Potty Training Seat Toilet Chair Infant Toddler Kids Bathroom Trainer White
Price: $14.49

Frog Kids Potty Toilet Training Children Urinal for Boys Pee Trainer Bathroom
Price: $4.89

BubbyBums Dino Dudes Partially Waterproof Training Pants
Price: $10.95

Sesame Street Elmo Adventure Potty Chair
Price: $21.99

Potty Training Seat for Kids Child Toddler with Step Stool Ladder Toilet Chair
Price: $25.99

Summer Infant Lil' Loo Potty, Pink
Price: $10.15

GERBER TODDLER GIRL'S POTTY TRAINING PANTS WITH TERRY & PEVA LINING 4-PACK 2T/3T
Price: $11.99

jake and the neverland pirates toilet seat and germ cover mats
Price: $5.0