Product Type: Fisher Price baby products
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Fisher Price Royal Potty
Member Name: pinkprincess24
Fisher Price Royal Potty
Date: 18/10/11, updated on 30/10/11 (59 review reads)
Advantages: Colourful, encourages use
I started potty training DD quite early, about 16 months, because she was very ready. She would tell me when she needed to go to the toilet, and detested being in a soiled nappy. I started off with a normal pink potty from Boots, and she became comfortable with that being around and would sit on it, play with it etc. However she started to hate it and absolutely refused to do anything on it, and eventually refused to sit on it at all.
My best friend's daughter is a few weeks older and she recommended the Fisher Price Royal Potty, as it is a bit like a chair (and my daughter loves her Fisher Price learning chair) and it plays music as a reward. So off I went and purchased the potty in the pink version from Toys R Us, at £27.99. It is not cheap, but it seems to be a good idea.
The potty comes in pink or blue and green like the picture, and £27.99 seems to be a good price for it, as elsewhere I have seen it for over £30.
Assembling the potty is a bit fiddly, it takes a good few minutes to get the legs on and get it all together, but it isn't difficult, just fiddly. The chair is quite sturdy, much sturdier than it looks. The good thing is that when you are ready to start using the toilet, the legs of the potty chair come off and you can use it as a trainer seat on a normal toilet. I wish I'd have thought of this before buying a trainer seat but never mind!
One thing that always irritated me is that the traditional potty is quite uncomfortable, plastic and cold. It doesn't look particularly appealing. The Fisher Price royal potty is the opposite - it is shaped like a throne and is very colourful, it looks like a chair and is very eye catching and appealing to infants. The potty has a removable cup, so when the child wees in the potty, you only have to take the cup out to wash - and you literally just pick it up out of the chair, simple. It means you're not carrying the whole chair to the sink and cleaning is very simple. There is a splashguard at the front which is removable and designed to protect any splashes from the front.
The chair plays a royal tune if the child sits on the potty, and a royal fanfare if they use the potty. It requires 2 x AA batteries (not supplied) and there are 4 different tunes. The other handy feature is a hinged lid, which when closed, turns the potty into a step stool.
This was a huge hit with my daughter, she learned pretty quickly that to hear the tune she needed to sit on the potty (much the same as her fisher price learning chair) which encouraged her to keep sitting on it. She did manage to wee on it once, and when she heard the fanfare it did alarm her at first, but once she realised that if she did a wee she'd hear this fanfare, she kept telling me she needed to wee just so she could try!
There are 2 downsides to the potty in my opinion - the first being that the batteries do not last that long and need replacing probably after a few weeks. The other downside is that it is quite bulky so not easy to travel with, and if your child will only use that potty (as my daughter does) then it is a pain to take it with you! We tend to sit it on the back seat of our car when we visit relatives as she really will not use anything else, but if you wanted to take it with you everywhere it's probably too bulky!
All in all, this definitely encourages the child to at least sit on the potty, which is a good start! It does encourage the child to actually use it, but only once they have actually worked out that using it will make it play a fanfare!
Very expensive for a potty, but well worth it!
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Summary: well worth it!
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