Product Type: Fisher Price baby products
Newest Review: ... like the song that this one plays when they wee. I didn't particularly want to spend a fortune so i looked around for the cheapest place ... more
Making friends with the potty
Fisher Price My Potty Friend
Member Name: ntg13
Fisher Price My Potty Friend
Advantages: looks like a real toilet, easy to clean, light, sings, fun to use
The potty comes in a box that is large, but not huge, it's easy enough to carry if you pick it up when shopping. The box features pictures of the potty and children sitting on it. The box looks fairly eye catching and my son enjoyed looking at the pictures on it.
The bits inside the box are inside plastic bags. The packaging was sufficient, possibly even not needed as I don't the items would easily break or that anything would get lost in the box as they are all quite large pieces.
Some minimal assembly was needed. The battery pack needed 3 AA batteries (not included) and had to be inserted underneath the potty. The top part needed to be pushed onto the base and the pan (the bit that the wee goes in) needed to be put in place. It took very little time to put everything together and it was very simple to do.
The potty looks like a smaller version of an adult toilet. It has a lid to lift up, a chain to flush and a toilet roll holder. It is mainly white, like most toilets are, with a blue lid, silver chain and purple loo roll holder and a purple removable pan (the bit that the child wees in). It also features a friendly smiley face to make the design appealing to young children.
I like the look of the potty, it is essentially a toy version of an adult toilet which I think makes it easy for the child to copy, which is how young children learn.
The potty will sing when your child manages to "go" on it. The music is not too loud as to be startling or annoying, but loud enough to be heard. There are several songs, so it's not just the same one over and over. The potty says well done and reminds the child to wash their hands.
I think this is pretty rewarding for the child, it has certainly encouraged my son to want to wee on the potty to make it sing!
My son also seems to find flushing the chain afterwards quite rewarding.
If you buy the potty book to match this potty then you will get a reward chart with stickers. Even though this potty is quite rewarding itself I think it's still a good idea to back it up with reward stickers or something similar as the more fun potty training is for your child and the better they feel about it the more interested they will be in sitting on the potty.
My son finds this potty easy to sit on and it is a perfect size for a toddler to be comfortable on it. It is nice and light to carry about, so it's no trouble moving it from upstairs to downstairs to ensure it's near for your child to use as you go about your day.
The pan part is easy to take out and clean when needed, but it stays in place nicely the rest of the time thanks to the seat part of the potty.
When your child is ready to move from the potty to the toilet then the seat part of the potty can be used as a toddler toilet seat. I think this is very handy, especially as the seat will be already familiar to your child and some of the toddler toilet seats I have seen in the shops can be pricey.
I bought my son's potty from Argos at £36.99 which is quite pricey, but there wasn't another product on the market that had the features this one has and it is a rather fancy potty!
It is sold in various places but seems easier to track down online than in stores. Retail prices vary between £35 and £45. Some online places do list it as being cheaper, but you end up paying the same price once postage is added.
These potties do have a very good resale value on ebay, £20 (without postage charges, these seem to vary from £5 to £10 but many are listed as collection only) seems to be the average price for a used one. I'm not sure if I'd buy one used, but I can see why a good condition one might be more attractive than paying the full price of a new one and it is good to know that you can get a decent bit of your money back when you are done with needing a potty in the house.
My boyfriend calls this "the rolls royce of potties" and I would probably agree with him. It's a nice potty that I think is cute and my son loves to use. I would recommend to others, although it may be a bit pricey for some people. I would have happily given this potty 5 stars if it was a little cheaper
Summary: A nice if expensive item that makes potty training fun.