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Best Potty Chairs and Seats
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January 4, 2024

Best Potty Chairs and Seats

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Potty training can be tough, but the right equipment can make it enjoyable for your toddler.Best Potty Chairs and Seats

We’re not going to lie, potty training isn’t one of our favorite parenting jobs. But the bright side? Once your child is done with diapers, it’ll all seem so worth it. Once you and your little one feel ready to tackle the big world of potty training, it’s time to purchase a potty chair or seat and give it a go.

Potty Chair vs. Potty Seat

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

Potty Chairs

Pros: Cons:
Easy for toddlers to sit down on since it’s on the floor The contents out of the basin must be dumped into a regular toilet
Often comes with extra features like a removable seat for using on the big toilet, wipes holder, realistic flushing noises or doubling as a step stool for the big toilet or sink The basin must be cleaned out after each use
  Can clutter up a small bathroom
  Not as portable as a smaller potty seat

Potty Seats

Pros: Cons:
Doesn’t take up any extra bathroom space since it simply rests over the regular toilet seat Your child will need a step stool to reach the seat
More portable than a potty chair Needs to be removed from the toilet when grown-ups have to go
Often comes with larger handles than a potty chair to help your little one balance May not fit perfectly over your toilet seat, leaving some room for shifting or for pee to get caught between the potty seat and toilet seat

Do you need a potty chair or seat?

Many toddlers are intimidated by the size of the toilet, so starting off with a pint-sized version made just for them can often be a step in the right direction when it comes to potty training.

If you do want to skip the chair completely, which for some kiddos is totally fine, we do recommend purchasing a potty seat to put over your regular toilet seat. It often requires a balancing act for your kiddo’s tiny rear not to fall through the hole in the toilet, so most parents find that adding a potty seat helps their little one feel more comfortable and relaxed. And most potty seats come with a splash guard to help keep everything in the toilet, so that’s less cleanup for you. You’ll also need a step stool so kiddo can reach the seat all by themselves.

When Do You Need a Potty Chair or Seat?

You’ll probably notice sometime between 18 months to three years that your toddler doesn’t need as many diaper changes because they aren’t peeing as often. That’s a great indicator that your little one may be ready for toilet training. Other signs might include an awareness when wetting or soiling their diaper or a sudden interest in all things potty.

Choosing What’s Right for You

We know potty training can sound daunting, but we promise that with consistency and the right gear, you’ve got it covered. A few things to keep in mind as you decide what kind of potty to purchase should include:

  • How much space do you have in your bathroom?
  • Do you need multiple potties for multiple locations?
  • Can you deal with the ick factor of dumping and cleaning out a potty chair basin?
  • What makes your child feel the most comfortable and in control?

Best Potty Chairs

Jool Baby 
Real Feel Potty Chair

This realistic potty chair from Jool has all the conveniences: a wipes container, flushing handle that makes flushing noises, a collapsable toilet paper holder and a removable seat that fits on the adult toilet once your kiddo is ready to move up.
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Summer Infant 
My Size Potty

This potty chair look and sounds like the real thing. Featuring a toilet handle with a flushing sound and a built-in wipes dispenser, this miniature version of the real deal even looks porcelain.
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Step by Step Potty

While most potty chairs and seats are hard plastic, this one is softly padded for extra comfort. And the attached toilet paper holder encourages your kiddo to learn to wipe themselves.
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Potty Chair

Sleek and simple, the BabyBjorn potty chair keeps it to the basics with a comfortable high seat back that wraps the side to keep your toddler feeling more secure, but it doesn't have the bulkiness of a miniature toilet style.
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Jool Baby 
Child Potty Training Chair with Handles

Unlike most potty chairs, this one has large handles to help your toddler sit down and get back up, and the basin is removed from the back instead of lifting the entire seat.
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Sesame Street Elmo Hooray! 3-in-1 Potty

Elmo is here to make potty training fun! The flush handle makes flushing sounds and plays silly Elmo phrases, and the whole potty chair doubles as a stool for the toilet or sink.
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Munchkin/Arm & Hammer 
Multi-Stage 3-in-1 Potty Seat

The Munchkin 3-in-1 checks both "chair" and "seat" boxes with a removable seat to transition from potty chair to big toilet, and the rest of the chair becomes a handy step stool. There’s even a baking soda disc built in to eliminate odors.
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Learn-to-Flush Potty

This Fisher-Price potty chair is entertaining and enthusiastic with cheerful flushing noises and light-up features.
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Best Potty Seats

Step Up Toilet Trainer

Potty seats require a step stool to help your toddler climb up onto the big toilet and give their feet firm support. But no need to buy a separate stool for this seat—a collapsible, adjustable step ladder is conveniently attached!
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Soft Cushion Potty Seat

An ergonomic potty seat? Yes, please! The soft cushion is gentle and comfy for tiny tushies, the raised back provides extra support and the handles are larger and easier to grip than most seats.
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Sturdy Potty Seat

Designed to fit almost all toilets, this potty seat will hold your toddler securely in place to help them feel safe and secure. It has easy-grip handles, non-skid edges to prevent shifting and two "feet" in back so it stands up on its own for storage.
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Toilet Trainer

This lightweight, comfortable seat features an adjustable dial that provides a secure fit on almost any toilet. The built-in handle makes for easy hanging storage.
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Best Potty Training Accessories

Jool Baby 
Folding Travel Potty Seat and Travel Bag

When you're on the go, having a toddler-sized toilet seat handy will help you continue potty training away from home. This travel potty seat folds up small, has eight suction cups to prevent slipping and comes with a travel bag.
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Step Stool

Unlike most toddler step stools, this one from BabyBjorn has a nonslip grip over the entire top to keep little feet safe and sturdy.
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Double Step Stool

This two-step stool is perfect for getting that extra height to reach taller toilets and sinks. And the price is easy on any budget.
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Skip Hop 
Double Up Toddler Step Stool

Can't decide between one step stool or two? These interlocking steps give you the option to have one small step, one large step or two steps. When not in use, the smaller step nests neatly beneath the larger one.
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This simple stool is a great bargain buy. With grips on bottom and on top, it'll stay firmly in place on the ground and your toddler won't risk slipping.
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Pottery Barn Kids 
Classic Step Stools

These wooden step stools from PBK give a touch of class to any potty training experience. You can choose either one step or two steps, and the optional personalization will make any new potty user feel special.
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Easy Ups

The transition from diapers to underwear is tricky, so many parents opt for training pants in between to help their kiddo ease out of the safety net of regular diapers. Pampers Easy Ups are disposable, but slide on and off just like underwear.
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Hanna Andersson 
Training Unders In Organic Cotton 5-Pack

Though not as absorbent as disposable training pants, reusable cotton ones feel exactly like regular underwear, just a little thicker. They're a great choice for toddlers who are used to cloth diapers and for helping them notice wetness sooner.
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3-Pack White Training Pants

These budget-friendly reusable training pants are soft, absorbent and perfect for stocking up on so you can keep extras with you for when you're on the go.
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Foaming Touchless Soap Dispenser

Hand washing is an important part of using the potty. Give your toddler some playful soap to keep them in the habit of washing their hands every time. This automatic dispenser is totally touchless (so no mess) and foams for extra fun.
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Foaming Hand Soap with Japanese Yuzu Flower

What's more fun than foaming soap? Foaming soap that dispenses in cool shapes! This dispenser releases a puffy burst of hand soap in the shape of a flower to bring some joy to washing your hands.
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Kids Animal Soap Bar, Pack of 6

Looking to cut out liquid soap refills? This set of gently-scented bar soap is sure to delight your little one with friendly and colorful animal shapes.
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Animal Potty Training Chart

Sticker charts have become a staple in many potty training techniques, giving your toddler a visible reminder of their progress and hard work. This magnetic chart tracks the five key steps of potty time.
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Lily and Threads 
Editable Potty Chart

This download-and-print potty training chart give you the option to customize it to your child, helping them feel extra special on their journey. You can customize your child's name, the chart colors and even the icons.
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