Best Potty Chairs of 2019

Best Potty Chairs of 2019

January 1, 2019

Best Potty Chairs of 2019

Best Potty Chairs of 2019
Best Potty Chairs of 2019

We’re not going to lie. Potty training can be tough, but once your child is done with diapers, it will all seem so worth it. When your little one is ready, purchase a potty and give it a go. (And here are tips for making toilet training a fun adventure.)

Do you need a potty chair?

You could try potty training your child on a standard-size toilet, though he’ll need a stepstool to reach the seat. Because its size can be intimidating and it would require a balancing act for children’s small rears not to fall into the hole, most parents use a potty chair or seat so their kids can feel relaxed and comfortable.

When do you need a potty chair?

You’ll probably notice sometime between one-and-half to three-years old, that your toddler won’t need as many diaper changes because he can hold it longer. That indicates greater control over the bladder. You might notice other potty training readiness signs as well that indicate it’s prime time for potty training.

Which potty chair is best?

There are two potty training options: a freestanding potty chair or a kid-size toilet seat that fits into your standard toilet.

The potty chair is portable (you might want to move it to the family room or playroom so it’s close to your child when he needs to go) and easy for your child to sit down on since it’s a miniature version of the real thing. But you’ll have to dump the contents of its dry basin into a regular toilet and then clean it every single time. And a potty chair can clutter up a small bathroom.

On the other hand, a potty seat doesn’t take up any extra bathroom space since it clips onto a regular toilet seat. There’s no worries about your child falling in because the seat reduces the basin hole and lets your little one rest easy without having to balance. But you will need a stepstool to help your child reach the seat, and when grown-ups have to go, the kiddie seat needs to come off.

Choosing a potty chair or seat depends on what you think will work best for your family. To start, take a look at these ones that got the highest props from BabyList parents.

Modern Design

Why We Love It

Sleek and simple, the Baby Bjorn has a comfortable high seat back and a splashguard that works. Get it in one of eight colors to go with your bathroom decor.

Keep in Mind

Watch out for the white plastic basin sticking to your child’s butt when he stands up (worst clean up ever!).

What Babylist Parents Say

“My child fits on the seat and does not slide around. It made it really easy for my son to sit on the potty and train.” -Tamara

Musical Throne

WHY WE LOVE IT

The king of potties, the Royal Stepstool goes from a freestanding chair to a potty seat for your standard commode and then, later, to a stepstool. Even better? One of four jingles will ring out to celebrate your wee one’s potty success.

KEEP IN MIND

Some parents report that the music sensor can go wonky. What’s worse though is if your curious child tries to overturn the potty looking for what’s making that sound.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The musical potty was very rewarding for my child. It made it easier to motivate her to go potty.” -Andrea

Comfy Chair

WHY WE LOVE IT

This is similar in design to the Baby Bjorn, but wider (read: more comfortable) and half the price. If you have the space for a bigger potty in your bathroom, this is a great pick.

KEEP IN MIND

The only drawback is that it doesn’t come in as many colors as the Baby Bjorn potty.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The splash guard is nice and high which was perfect for my son. Great potty chair to learn on. So affordable that I bought several to keep in different areas of the house and even keep one in my car for emergencies.” -Renee

Wallet-Friendly

WHY WE LOVE IT

With the low price of this potty, you can purchase one for each bathroom and even keep one at grandma and grandpa’s house. The rubber edge around the bottom means the potty won’t slip around as your toddler tries to center herself on it.

KEEP IN MIND

With a high splash shield, this potty is perfect for little boys.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“It is awesome. Love how easy it is to clean and use. A great size for training.” -Mo

All-in-One Option

WHY WE LOVE IT

If you’re torn between whether to purchase a potty chair or seat, the Munchkin 3-in-1 has both. It doubles as a stepstool once your child is going like a pro. We like that it has a lid and that there’s a seat over the removable basin so buns don’t stick, and a full bowl. The bonus? A disc of scented baking soda to eliminate nasty odors.

KEEP IN MIND

With the most bells and whistles, it’s also the most expensive potty on our list.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I love that this doubles as a stepstool for the sink, which is helpful because we have a tiny bathroom.” -Alona


Choosing What’s Right for You

A couple of things to consider as you decide what kind of potty to purchase: How much space do you have in your bathroom? Do you need multiple potties? Can you deal with the ick factor of dumping and cleaning out a potty chair basin? Once you’ve figured out where you’re at, consider what would make your child feel most comfortable and in control. Because the ultimate in potty training is having your child feeling relaxed and ready.

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