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I suppose the change from nappies to potty is quite scary and confusing for little ones, but the change from potty to toilet must be terrifying!
My daughter was potty trained quite a long time ago but has only recently started using the big toilet by herself. She was getting on okay with the toilet but was a little bit nervous and wanted me to help her a lot.
I decided to buy the Mothercare comfi trainer for her to help her along and build up her confidence.
The Mothercare comfi trainer looks just like a toilet seat but a smaller, padded version. It also has handles either side of it. The comfi trainer is designed to be used during toilet training to train and encourage little ones to sit on the toilet unaided.
There is no need to set the seat up, is all you need to do is pop it on the toilet and it locks itself into place. It's so easy that your child will even be able to do it for themselves. The handles also enable you to pick the seat up without having to actually touch the toilet which is handy and hygienic. The seat fits almost all toilets.
The handles are also great for helping my daughter get on and off the toilet. There is nothing I hate more than seeing my daughter put her hands all over the toilet and toilet seat, urgh!
The comfi trainer is totally portable which means you can take it out and about with you (it's very lightweight) if you don't mind carrying a toilet seat around with you! I tend to take it to friends and families houses but not when out and about.
Toilets have such big holes in that it's easy for little ones to fall down or strain their arms trying to hold themselves up on a regular toilet seat but these are just a couple of problems which are solved by the comfi trainer. The seat is just the right size for my two (almost three) year old which makes her feel comfortable and confident whilst sitting on the toilet - no hands needed.
The comfi trainer is also padded which makes it squishy, cushioned and very nice for little bums (especially when they have to sit on the toilet for long periods of time). This also means that the seat doesn't get cold like regular toilet seats.
The padding is lined with a waterproof, leathery material which makes it very easy to clean the seat and mop up any little accidents.
This is a durable and robust product that has taken a good battering and is still standing strong. The seat is all white, has the Mothercare logo on the front and is also unisex.
The only downside I can think of is that my daughter still can't reach the toilet by herself (unlike potties) so we have a little step for her to get on and off the toilet by herself. You will probably need to invest in a little step too if you want your child to gain total toilet independence.
The seat is only available from Mothercare stores or from Mothercare.com. It costs £13.99 which I think is very reasonable for something that helps with toilet training and something that lasts.
Overall the Mothercare comfi trainer is so much more practical and pleasant than a potty (athough I must admit I always found potties very useful when travelling...) and is also a great way of encouraging toilet training and instilling confidence on the toilet.