The right potty chair or seat can be the key to a smooth potty training experience. And I’m here to tell you that not all potty training chairs and seats are created equal. If your little one is potty training or close to starting, check out this Guide to the Best Potty Training Chairs and Seats.
The Best Potty Training Chairs and Seats:
This was the first potty training chair I bought and it’s perfect for first-time learners. It got my son excited to pee because when liquid touches the sensor inside the bowl it plays an encouraging fun song. I think the immediate feeling of being rewarded helped build his confidence. When baby flushes the toilet it also plays fun songs and illuminates a ‘twirling water’ effect. The splash guard, which is a necessity for training boys, is a little on the small side but this toilet is easy to clean and can grow with baby. When you’re little one is more confident with using the big potty, the removable ring can be used as a regular toilet seat.
This is a great simple toilet that can be used to train girls and boys. This was the second potty chair I purchased and, by far, my favorite. If you live in a split level home, two potty chairs or seats are essential. The last thing you want to be doing is running up and down the stairs when your little one is screaming they have to pee! I found that out the hard way. So, I decided to try this chair out when I realized that the splash guard was a little too small on the Fisher Price chair.
It’s simple and easy to clean—only two pieces. I bought another for my car. Tip: keep a potty chair in your trunk for when your little one has to pee. I found that it isn’t always easy to stop for a restroom. Especially in the beginning, when your little one hasn’t mastered holding it until you park, run to the restroom, possibly have to wait in line—just get an extra chair and skip the hassle.
Once your little one gets enough confidence to use the big toilet I recommend these Disney soft toilet seats. My son was always excited to see his favorite Disney characters when he was sitting on the toilet. These are also great for boys and girls because they have an optional splash guard. They’re not the easiest to keep clean, but a small inconvenience if your little one is happy and feels encouraged. Remember, it’s about them feeling comfortable. The side handles also make it easy to use for your little one.
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This potty chair is the ideal seat for moms and dads everywhere. I first experienced it at my girlfriend’s house. It’s mounted directly to an adult toilet. No mess, no smelly seats, no emptying chairs. Its transitional seat can be used when baby is smaller and just learning to use the toilet and then lifted for adults to use the standard size toilet seat. This seat is great for girls, but sadly, for me and other boy moms, not a great trainer for boys. There’s no splash guard and from my experience, this is an essential part of training boys. At least until they learn to hold “it” down when they pee.
I bought this about 6 months after my son was fully potty trained. Only when he had mastered the potty chairs and was confident using the adult toilet, with and without a potty seat, did I decide to introduce this urinal. I like this urinal because it can be used freestanding or mounted with suction cups. The spinning wheel helps build aiming skills and also makes peeing a little more fun with something to aim at.
One drawback is that the wheel doesn’t spin when it’s fully pressed into place. It has to be pulled out of the grooves and be resting in place in order for it to spin when pee hits it. No big deal but when you go to dump the pee, the spinner then falls out. This is only slightly irritating, not because I have to touch pee when grabbing the spinner before dumping, but because the urinal is not as streamlined as I hoped.
If your little ones are anything like mine, they might not like public restrooms. Don’t sweat it, they’ll grow out if, but in the meantime invest in a travel potty seat. Folding potty seats are great for girls and Disney makes a few with different characters, but if you have a boy you’ll need something with a splash guard. I got a cheap soft seat from Walmart that was just small enough to fit in a backpack, which I carry everywhere.
Public restrooms are loud and can be scary for little ones when they’re first potty training. Maybe yours won’t mind just sitting directly on the public toilet seat but don’t forget how germy they are. For this reason alone, travel seats are essential for any stage of training.
This portable potty cup is great for traveling when you’re somewhere toilets are hard to come by. I take mine to the beach, on hikes, and long car rides. It can also be great for camping. Separate designs are available for girls and for boys. They’re not glamorous by any means but can be a lifesaver in the right circumstance.
Stools are also an essential part of potty training so be sure to pick one up. I found this one made by Dreambaby to be a good height.
What’s your favorite potty training chair or seat? What worked best for you? I’d love to hear your comments below.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.