Hey fellow parents! I’ve raised 2 boys and a girl myself. Do you have a potty training child or grandchild in the house? If so, there’s a better way to potty train your kid that doesn’t involve having a separate toddler potty in the bathroom. You can get a toilet seat with built in child seat and swap it out with your current toilet seat and simply remove the child portion when the child is older.
You have a couple of different options for this – and one doesn’t involve changing your current toilet seat at all.
Option #1: Toilet Seat with Built in Child Seat
Okay so there are toilet seats with a child potty seat built right into them. Now don’t worry – when your child grows up, you simply remove the child potty seat addition. While in use, it magnetically secures to the lid, so you’re not having to fight with it to hold it up whenever you, as an adult, want to use the regular seat.
The best one to buy is the Mayfair 83SLOWA NextStep Adult Toilet Seat with Built-in Child Potty Training Seat – and it’s available in elongated or round and in white, biscuit or bone colors.
The lid has a slow close safety feature, because as a mom myself, I know how horrifying it is when your little one slams the lid down on their fingers. You never want to experience that! Besides that, little kids slamming toilet seats down isn’t something you want to hear all day, either.
It’s only around $28 and it has a system built in that keeps it from getting loose, like some toilet seats do. It has 4.5 stars and one thing I’d like to point out to you. If you go read the reviews, notice one thing. The negative ones are often “non verified purchases” and sadly, competitors often leave false reviews for other brands – and most of the verified purchases are high praise for this product.
Option #2: Temporary Child Seat Addition to a Normal Toilet Seat
Let’s say you already have a toilet seat that you like, and you don’t want to change. Simply get something like the Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Tushie Potty Seat that goes on the existing toilet. It’s under $8.
The little duck prints glow in the dark, which is fun for kids. It’s easy to clean and has a round hook that you can use to hang when not in use. (Look under “Frequently bought together” on that page and you’ll see the hook they sell for a little over $3 to help you keep it organized.)
This is a GREAT tool for parents who travel! Take it with you anywhere and your child can go potty in restrooms on the road, in airports or in hotels without you struggling to hold them over the toilet so they don’t fall in!
Have a boy? Well then you may want a different option – one with splash guard built in. Try the Flexi Fit Toilet Trainer that has a built in splash guard for your boy. \
Accessories You May Need
I love the fact that this type of toilet seat starts kids off right away using the “big boy (or girl) potty” instead of having to then transition them to it later on. But toilets are tall for kids. So you may need a way for them to get up.
Try the Bumbo Step Stool (comes in black, blue or pink). Looks like the foot of an elephant and it’s really cute. They won’t slip and they can use it for the potty or to reach the sink to brush their teeth.
Or, you may want the Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Step Up Ladder. Kids love ladders and things, and this makes them feel real big.
Hope these ideas helped! These are all bestselling products with good reviews. May your potty training days be short and successful.