Time for the toddler to get potty trained, which means—he needs a toddler toilet! Gone are the days when little people had to sit perched uncomfortably on the sides of awkwardly shaped chamber pots; there are a wide variety of comfortable and convenient toilets for kids available in a wide variety of models and styles. All you have to do is pick one that fits your needs.
Still, there are some constants. Every toddler toilet should be:
Also, if you have a little boy, you want to make sure your toddler’s toilet has a substantial spray guard, or you may have urine all over the bathroom floor.
One very nice example of toilet for kids is the Summer Infant Lil' Loo Potty. This is a two piece potty with a detachable bowl; the bowl comes up and out, so you won’t have to worry about your toddler experimenting and spilling the whole thing while he’s sitting on it, as can happen easily with drawer-style potty bowls. The potty itself is molded to fit a toddler comfortably, and it has a bit of a backrest. This may not seem like a big deal, but sometimes little people just learning how to use the potty may have to sit on that seat for quite some time, and just a little bit of a backrest can make a big difference in comfort.
The Summer Infant Lil Loo Potty also has a very substantial splash guard, so you won’t have to worry about any messes. It’s a little more bulky than some potties, but it’s stable and comfortable, and it really doesn’t take up that much room. It’s also lightweight, so it’s no chore to stick it in the back of the car for pottying on the go.
It’s not an essential feature, but it’s nice to have some color choices when it comes to buying a toilet for your toddler. With the Summer Infant Li’l Loo, You can choose between white and teal, pink (with identically pink bowl), raspberry (with white bowl), teal green (with a white bowl), or plain white.
One key to toddler potty training is to be consistent. Once you’ve made the switch to potty and underwear, any regression back to diapers just to meet mommy and daddy’s convenience can lead to a confused and very uncomfortable toddler. What this means is that you have to be prepared to continue the potty training wherever you go; whether on outings, road trips, or vacations.
Buy a few toddler potties to put places you visit often: Grandma’s house, for instance. You’ll want to have a toilet for toddlers in the back of the car when you go out for extended times too. You can bring it into any public restroom with you, and let your toddler do his business, dump it out, clean it up, and stow it away again. Once your toddler gets comfortable using a simple toddler-sized toilet seat, you can skip the toddler toilet and just take the child seat cover with you in the car.
Potty training is a phase, and it’ll be over before you know it. For now, patience and consistency is key!