Potty chair, does it really help? Some people think that having a separate “facility” for your child to go in will only confuse him or her. Sometimes the whole potty training process involves introducing a potty chair and mastering that, then moving on to an adapter seat that fits over the regular toilet progressing to actually using the big toilet all the time.
This, however, isn’t written in stone, and many people go about this process in different ways. Having a potty chair readily available is a great tool when teaching your child about toilet habits. It’s something that is all their and no one else’s which gives them ownership in their young life.
Introduce a Potty Chair to Your Baby
Believe it or not, there are all sorts of different options when choosing a potty chair. And getting the right one can make all the difference in success during potty training.
Proponents of the potty chair say it allows a child to be more independent, since a parent doesn’t need to lift the child to the toilet. It also allows a child to place his or her feet squarely on the floor when bearing down while pooping, and the child can also use the support of the chair’s arms.
As I’ve said, because a potty chair is obviously the child’s own, he or she will take pride in possessing it. Choosing the right potty chair should begin as soon as your child shows an interest in using the potty. Involve him or her in the process of picking out their own chair.
If you have a potty in the bathroom, you and your child can go to the toilet at the same time. For some adults, this is a frightening thought as their privacy means the world to them, but it can make all the difference during the training process.
One disadvantage is that a boy will not be able to pee standing up -it will be too difficult, and there will be too much splashing. Another consideration is that it needs to be cleaned out by you or the child. In the beginning, cleaning out the pot will be fun. With experience, it loses its appeal for a child — and probably for you, too.
If the thought of using a potty chair appeals to you, you should get one before you start training, so it becomes a familiar piece of equipment for your child. In fact, you may even let your child shop for the chair with you. You can narrow the choice down to two or three styles, and let you child choose from among those. This can make the child all the more anxious to try it.
Personalizing a potty chair will also make it more unique and interesting. You can do this by adding a few stickers or decal of your child’s choosing. Or, you could also use press-type letters and spell out your child’s name.
Let your child know that it’s okay — for now — to sit on the potty with clothes on to get used to it, but when he or she is ready, it will be used like “Mommy and Daddy use the toilet.” Avoid using the seat at other times so as not to confuse the issue.
If you opt for a potty chair, you will probably choose a miniature version of an adult toilet, a molded one-piece style chair a child straddles, or a plastic molded stool-type chair. Many potty chairs
today convert to adult toilet seat adapters as well.
Before purchasing a potty chair, check to see how the pot is removed. If the pot is hard to get out or has to be tipped, don’t buy it.
If you want a urine deflector, look for a removable one to be made of flexible plastic. Potties with deflectors seem to be easier to find than those without them, but if your child is hurt by one when trying to seat himself, he may refuse to use the seat.
Buy a floor model that won’t slide around and is stable.
Consider buying more than one potty chair, especially if you have more than one bathroom or a two-story house. The extra one can always be used for car travel or left at Grandma’s.
Be aware that if you get a potty chair with a tray, lifting it up will be one more step your child will have to master.
Look into the possibility of buying an adult camping portable potty for a child who’s larger than other toddlers.
Believe it or not, there are some amazing “special” potty chairs that can make going to the bathroom a fun and interesting experience for your child. A friend of mine bought a race car potty for her grandson that made racing noises when he peed or pooped in it.
There are potty chairs that play music, too, when the child goes. Some potties have shapes in the bottom of the pot that change colors when the child pees. One product on the market right now comes complete with a handle for flushing and makes the sound that the big toilet makes when it is flushed.
When considering this type of potty chair, keep in mind that eventually, all of the bells and whistles can tend to get old quickly. This is especially evident when you find your child thinks it’s fun to pour water in it just so they can hear the fun sounds.
Expect to spend anywhere from $12 to $100 on a potty seat. The cheapest ones you will find are plain, white types that don’t have any optional features, but they do get the job done. The high priced
potty chair is usually made of wood, and can even look like a replica from the Victorian age!
Whatever type of potty chair you choose, make sure your child likes it. I think one of the reasons Conner disliked sitting on his potty chair was because it didn’t hold any interest for him. It was just a generic style chair with a lift able lid and removable bowl. I wonder how much easier our experience with him would have been if we would have invested in a Nemo or Sponge Bob chair!
When you buy a potty chair, you should really have one for every bathroom in your home. Some people even go so far as to have a chair in every room of the house. While we think this is a bit of overkill, if you’re having trouble, this could actually be a great tool.
I definitely advocate having your child with you when you are picking out a potty chair. Once you get it home, introduce it in a casual way. It’s alright if your child wants to play with it a little bit. Show your child how it works and talk to him or her about how they are supposed to use it.
Make a big deal about the fact that your child has something of their own that they can use and should use! You may want to try putting the potty in a room where they play often – even in the kitchen where you can supervise.
Encourage use of the potty chair by putting a chart up on the refrigerator. Explain to your child that each time they use the potty chair, they will get a sticker. This will be an incentive for using the chair. Kids love earning rewards, but we’ll get to that in a later chapter!
Potty chairs aren’t your only option during potty training.