Potty training can be the best and the worst of times! It means our baby is growing up and may need us less. On a happier note, no more expensive and messy diapers! I think all parents can appreciate this time in life, but it can be tough teaching our little ones this new process. We know some children are more difficult than others, so here is our top picks of potties to help the process along.
Best Baby & Toddler Potties
1. Disney/Pixar Potty
(Best child engaging — $$)
Why it’s great: The friendly and well-known images on this trainer seat can help get babies involved. With many options to choose from, you can let them pick their favorite Disney or Pixar character. The removeable bowl is easy to rinse and wipe clean. The real buttons make flushing and cheering noises to encourage children to use again and again. This fun potty also includes a great sticker chart to keep track and reward our babies for their wonderful new skills.
Keep in mind: This model is made from plastic and comes in a few pieces that need some simple assembly.
Good for: Encouraging beginners to get interested in potty training.
2. Mayfair built-in Potty seat
(Best family friendly — $$$)
Why it’s great: This easy to install toilet seat works well for families with one bathroom, or small bathrooms with little to no floor space. It is made from earth friendly materials and fits all round toilets. This solid seat really makes kids feel great about going on the “big potty.” The built-in toddler seat can attach to the lid magnetically to promise security when not in use. It also has the “no slam” quality to ensure fingers never get pinched.
Keep in mind: This is a second stage training seat and may not be the best option for starting out.
Good for: A single bath household looking for space saving options.
3. Training Wheels Racer Potty
(Best beginner — $)
Why it’s great: This fun car design is a great way to get your baby interested in potty training. It includes a lift out bowl for easy cleaning, high splash guards for minimum mess, and can also detach for further use as a booster for adult toilets. The lightweight design is made from plastic and has an anti-slip bottom to resist sliding around. This unique potty should get any baby ready to go.
Keep in mind: This is a small design. It only measures about 11 inches inside the seat and 11 inches in height. It sits low to the ground and is meant for small beginners; however, the detachable lid can be used for bigger children on the “real potty.”
Good for: Engaging babies in the beginning stages of potty training.
4. Potty Training Seat Ladder
(Best design – $$)
Why it’s great: This adjustable toilet training seat has 10 different colors to choose from, a slip resistant step for easy baby access, and handles for safety. The non-slip padded seat is made from safe materials and can hold up to 165 pounds. It fits on most toilets and gives your child the boost they need to be on their way to completely potty trained in no time. Also, you do not have to worry about the mess of cleaning out a potty-training bowl. Just flush and go.
Keep in mind: If you are one of the few with a square shaped toilet this model is not made for you. Also be warned that there is some very easy assembly required.
Good for: Getting kids use to adult toilets.
5. Summer Step-By-Step Potty
(Best grow & learn — $)
Why it’s great: This 3-in-1 potty found a great way to make a simple training seat have many purposes. With the lid down this training potty doubles as a stepping stool and is great to help kids reach the sink. The lid can detach and be used on most adult toilets for easy transitioning. The kids even get their own toilet paper holder to teach good cleanliness practices. This cute design is made from sturdy plastic, is easy to clean, and has built-in handles for stability. The functionality of this potty makes it a handy addition to a toddler bathroom.
Keep in mind: The link posted to this model unfortunately does not offer other colors. Searching related items can be an easy way to find something very similar in different colors.
Good for: Decent quality for a low price.
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6. Child Potty Chair with Back
(Best basic design — $)
Why it’s great: The simple design of this potty chair is perfect for minimalists who like to get the job done without over complicating the potty process. It has everything you need, without all the bells and whistles that some of the other “more distracting” models offer. It is easy to clean, easy to store, and offers two color options. The wrap around handle helps with stability and the non-slip bottom prevents sliding. This training chair is proof that sometimes less is more.
Keep in mind: This is a smaller floor model potty and may only support up to 30 pounds and requires some light assembly.
Good for: Clutter free potty training.
7. Babybjorn Toilet Trainer
(Best for travel & quality — $$)
Why it’s great: This high-quality seat is made from BPA-free materials and fits most toilets. The solid but lightweight design has a built-in splash guard and soft edges for comfort. The easy to carry handle is great for traveling or storing when not in use. This company prides themselves in promising all their products meet premium standards which is why this seat comes highly recommended. Perfect for families looking for the next level to potty training.
Keep in mind: This product is recommended for ages 2 and up. Babybjorn does offer a variety of other options for beginners.
Good for: Comfort and durability in the second stages of training.
FAQs about Baby & Toddler Potties
1. What age should a child be introduced to the potty?
According to the Mayo Clinic between the ages of 18 and 24 months is a good time to start potty training. We personally started closer to 12 months simply because our child showed interest at that time. Every baby develops in their own way and at their own pace, so it’s really determined on an individual basis.
2. How should I introduce my baby to the potty?
We would ask our child to “sit with mommy” when we went potty in the morning. Of course, this works best with the same sex parent and a separate floor model training potty. Some preschools also encourage reading to a child on the potty. We tried this and it worked well. Again, all children are unique and will enjoy different ways to help assure a smooth transition period.
3. How often should I put my baby on the potty?
Many people say in the first stages of training it can be helpful to set a timer and try potty time every half hour or so. Children are prone to distractions and accidents. Better safe than sorry when it comes to bathroom breaks.
4. Are baby potties safe?
The products in this list are said to be safe to the appropriate age. All models vary and some require assembly. You should always read instructions completely to make sure the product is assembled properly. Adult supervision is always recommended, especially with younger children using the product.
5. How can I make potty training fun for my child?
There is a ton of free online help when it comes to potty training. Every day people are thinking up new ways to help parents make this new bathroom routine fun. We like the Mayo clinic website for reliable facts, tips, and ideas.
Potty training is a different journey for each individual child. Whether it comes as a simple task or a long and difficult process, sometimes the right training potty can make all the difference. It can also be a wonderful bonding experience in teaching our children this form of independence. We hope that your potty training goes smoothly and this article was helpful.