Any parent with a child over the age of 3 has gone on this journey. And if you're reading this, sounds like you're about to go on that journey too! Potty training is the long process of getting your toddler out of diapers and independently using the bathroom. There will be lots of accidents along the way, but know that it's normal!
Potty training starts somewhere in a wide range of ages. You should start watching for signs around 24 months, but most toddlers don't take the leap until around their third birthday. About 40-60% of children are trained by 36 months, but accidents can continue into years 3 and 4. Plus, girls complete training 3 months earlier on average. How do you know it's time? Physically, your toddler should have the motor skills to sit and rise from the potty chair or toilet seat, as well as sense the urge to go to the bathroom. Developmentally, your toddler should understand what this feeling means and be able to verbally express the need. Waiting until your toddler is truly ready will help create a more pleasant, less stressful, and faster adventure for everyone involved.
Every person and expert out there has a variety of theories and potty training tips on the best way to potty train your toddler. There's a ton of advice out there, but the truth is that it depends on your child. Whichever route you take, you need the right tools to start off. Potty training is hard enough, which is why we've put together a list of the best potty training toilets.
Why a Toilet?
There are two main options when it comes to devices for potty training: free-standing potty chairs or a kid-sized toilet seat that fits onto a standard sized toilet. Unless you're dealing with a kid over the age of three, potty chairs are less intimidating because the sheer size of the adult toilet can be overwhelming. They're also portable and easier to access, making your child feel more comfortable and more in control. Overall the potty chair is a safer bed and your toddler can grow into an adult toilet when they are ready to start using that.
The "Special Chair"
When starting the potty training process, it's important to explain the point of your child's new "special chair." Explain what it's used for and maybe even put their name on it. Surround it with toys and/or books, and place it wherever he/she wants. Some experts say that pride of ownership can facilitate the interest in potty use.
It's not necessary to put it in the bathroom at first. It should end up there so it can be associated with elimination, put some parents have had success starting it elsewhere. Perhaps in their bedroom for easy access right after a nap? Or maybe near the kitchen for use after meals? Sounds kind of gross, but when you're potty training, you want to make it as easy a possible on your little one.
Best Potty Training Toilets
Fisher-Price has always been one of the top brands when it comes to kids and they definitely deliver on this product. This potty is a 3 in 1 potty training device: it comes with a training potty, removable potty ring for use on the regular toilet, and can fold into a sturdy step-stool for use all over the bathroom! There's four different royal tunes that reward your toddler's success and it has a built-in splash guard for boys. The removable bowl makes cleaning a breeze and when it's time to transition to an adult potty, the potty ring is easily removed and adjusts to most toilet seats. Make you toddler feel like royalty with either blue/green for boys and pink princess for girls.
This potty by Summer Infant boasts the look and feel of an miniature realistic adult potty to help make the transition that much easier. It even has a handle that makes a flushing sound to reward and encourage your toddler. Like most potties, this one features a removable bowl for easy cleaning and a clip-on splash guard for boys. It also has a built-in wipe dispenser and the lid comes off for storage. The lid also flips up like an adult toilet for when you little boy is ready to learn to go standing up.
Perhaps the most popular feature of the bjorn potty training chair is that is comes in 7 different colors, making it easier to coordinate with your bathroom colors. It also has a separately-sold matching step stool for use around the bathroom and house. This potty is sturdy and comfortable, presenting a high back and comfortable arm rests. All their products meet U.S. plastic safety standards and are continuously, rigorously tested for bisphenol A (BPA) and health-hazard substances. It also keeps the basics in mind with a splash guard and easily cleaned, removable bowl.
This three in one potty functions as a potty chair, removable trainer seat, and a sturdy step stool with a textured lid. Arm & Hammer's game is freshness, so this toilet uses odor-fighting, deodorizing disc (1 included, the rest are sold separately). It integrates the power of baking soda with Nursery Freshener Discs for safe and effective odor control. This toilet won BabyCenter Moms' Pick in 2015 and the Innovation Award given by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This toilet makes potty training as easy as 1-2-3.
This potty training toilet is yet another great example of a 3 in 1 toilet. It has options for a standalone potty with a high pee shield, toilet ring with soft foam seat for an adult toilet, and a sturdy step stool for use around the bathroom. It has a 'flushing' handle that makes a motivating revving noise to encourage good bathroom habits. What a better way to reach a toilet training milestone than with Mickey Mouse?!
Cons of the Potty Chair
Most potty chairs have a removable basin for dumping and cleaning. Make sure you can stomach this; some parents say it's even worse than diapers! The little chair takes up extra space in a small or already cluttered bathroom. Some prefer the potty seat, the as mentioned above, the sheer size of the adult potty can be over-whelming for the amateur potty user. At this stage in life, you just want to do whatever works.
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Flushable Wipes - Pampers Kandoo
It's time to upgrade to flushable wipes! These sensitive, hypoallergenic wipes clean up to 30% better than toilet paper and are flush friendly. They're easy to use for kids of all ages and promote independent wiping.
Portable Training Potty - Pottete Plus 2-in-1
When you're potty training, the last thing you want to do is throw all progress out the window and put your toddler back in a diaper. This can happen frequently when you find yourself on-the-go with nowhere to go. This portable potty uses disposable liners, which helps with a mess free clean up while out and about. More liners sold separately here.
Silverflye Piddle Pad
Accidents and wetting are bound to happen,, but that's why there's the deluxe piddle pad by Silverflye. It works with all harness systems and fits most car seats, strollers, and joggers. The pad contains messy diaper blowouts - above and below the diaper line. It's perfect for on-the-go potty training toddlers.
In the End
Remember, potty training will be a small blip on the radar in the longrun. While it's a difficult task, it's on the of the biggest parts of growing up. When picking a training potty, consider that a step stool can be used all over the house long after the potty training journey is over.
Accidents are normal. Keep in mind that parent's expectations can often surpass the abilities or understanding of a toddler. There will be a lot of frustration and imperfect attempts (and a lot of sitting on the toilet waiting for something to happen!). Setbacks are normal, but consult your pediatrician along the way to make sure you're on track.