*Disclaimer: This is not a paid endorsement of a product. It is just my honest opinion on a product that I recently bought*
So, I finally took the plunge and bought a potty for my son. After a couple of hours of online shopping and review reading (no joke!), I finally settled on the Babies ‘R Us 3-In-1 Potty Chair.
It hasn’t had much use yet, but so far there are quite a few things that I like about it.
1. It’s compact and can likely fit in a small sized washroom.
2. It’s gender neutral: grey, white and lime green.
3. It is 3-in-1, meaning that it can serve as a potty seat, as a training seat and as a step stool.
4. It only has four pieces to it and is easy to assemble and disassemble.
5. There is a built-in urine shield (as opposed to a removable one as I saw on a few of the potty seats I looked at today).
6. The lime green part is a foam cushion which gives me the impression that it will be more comfortable to sit on.
7. It doesn’t have any bells or whistles. No lights, no sounds, no batteries.
8. There aren’t any textured parts or crevices, which means that it will likely be easy to clean.
9. At 20$, it’s a great value – especially when you don’t really know what you’re getting into with regards to potty training.
Of course, for all its positive points, there are also aspects that I don’t like as much.
1. It is easy to take apart. Maybe a little too easy. The lime green foam part in particular is very attractive and is one of the first things that my son grabbed. He then proceeded to make a necklace out of it and parade around the house with his new find (which is cute because it hasn’t come into contact with any waste yet, but…).
2. The step stool seems a little unsteady to me. Though it does have grips on the bottom to avoid that it slips, there is no base that attaches to it so I find it lacks stability.
3. Because the base is the same size as the top (as opposed to the base being a little larger than the top part), it can be unsteady for a newbie toddler trying to get on by himself as best he can.
What my son thinks of it
Little Dude was positively beaming when I sat him on his potty (fully clothed) the first time. He then spent the rest of the evening either carrying his new seat around, trying to sit on it by himself, or using the foam part as a necklace. When he signed that he was done with his bath, he enthusiastically pointed to the potty and so I sat him on it asking him if he needed to go pee-pee. Though he didn’t pee, he happily stayed on it for a minute and then got up. I put a diaper on him and then he spent the next 5 minutes getting on (or trying to) and off his potty.
So far, everything looks positive. Little Dude likes it and though he has no conception of what it’s used for yet, he’s interested in sitting on it. Onwards we go!
I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars for now. I’ll update as it gets more use.
What did you use for potty training?