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Potty training. Just mentioning it can bring terror to some parents! It can definitely be a stressful time, but it’s something every parent has to go through. Luckily, there are a few tips and tricks that can make it less painful, and that includes getting the most-suitable potty chair for your child. A good potty chair can make potty training much easier – both for you and your child!
There are several different types of potties, and the first thing you will have to do is decide which is best for your situation. Depending on your home, your bathroom, and your personal preferences, the most ideal potty chair for you and your child will differ. The different types of potty chairs include:
These are potties that are simply a small chair with a hole in it and a pot which is removable for cleaning. These are typically the best potty chair for children who are just beginning to be potty trained because they are very stable and don’t require your child to climb up onto it or flush it. Another perk is that they are portable — you can easily move it between bathrooms, or even take it to the babysitter’s or grandma’s house, if need be.
Potty chairs can be rather inexpensive, which is always a good thing for any mom or dad. Another neat thing about potty chairs is that they come in a wide variety of designs, and you can choose one that would appeal most to your particular child. This can make it more appealing for them to use, which always helps when it comes to potty training.
Some potty chairs have built-in features that can make it fun to use, too! For example, some of them are designed to look like an actual (but smaller) toilet, complete with a flushing sound that imitates your toilet. This is neat, and also helps encourage your child to use it. Other potty chairs might play music or be designed to look like a cute animal or other object. Again, there is a lot of variety in the different potty chairs out there.
These potty seats sit on top of your toilet to make the seat smaller and more safe for your child. These are best for teaching your child to transition over to using the toilet, and are therefore generally better for slightly older children. However, a step stool can be used to help a younger child reach the toilet, if need be. What’s nice about these toilet seat adapters is that the waste can be flushed immediately and it doesn’t need to be cleaned out, unlike a stand-alone potty chair. The only cleanup you need to do is wipe it off once in a while.
Depending on the type of potty seat, it may be more portable than a potty chair. If it can be easily removed, it makes it more convenient than a potty chair when you need to travel.
On the downside, potty seats are not always completely stable. The best type of potty seat would be one that clamps onto the toilet so that it can’t move. Unfortunately, that might make it inconvenient for everyone else in the house.
Another issue some parents face is that toddlers can be very curious. The toilet is always an interesting place, and having a potty seat in place might make it an appealing place to explore.
If you opt for a stand-alone potty chair, it would probably be a good idea to purchase a small step-stool to help your child climb up and use it.
Now that you know the main differences between a potty chair and potty seat, it’s time to choose which is best for you and your child. I think that your child should have some input on the subject, but it’s up to you to decide which type of potty is best, and then give him or her some options to choose from.
Some things you might want to think about when deciding on a potty chair or seat are the following:
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