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Potty training is not easy and to be perfectly honest it isn't fun. I have potty trained 2 children and am in the process of doing it with the 3rd. I Went to Mothercare on a stock up trip and decided to buy it to keep in about a year ago. You can now choose from a vast variety of potty's but for me the plain old basic ones work every time. This is a solid, smooth, substantial potty. It has a lovely high back for added support for your little ones back, the bowl is sufficiantly deep enough to allow for a huge wee(if your lucky) and it also has the splash guard for little boys at the front. At the grand total of £4.99 and on special offer at the time when I bought it(3 for 2 offer) I got 3 for ten pounds. One for the bedroom, one for the toilet and one for the living room. My little girl has no problems using it and will sit on it for quite some time without it leaving red marks anywhere. My nephew uses it and we never have any splashes and it is so easy to clean. No fiddly or hidden parts. I know you can buy all singing potties now but for me personally a big clap and congratulations works just as well as a toilet that has a pretend handles that makes flushing noises. I would highly recommend this product to anyone and everyone with children. No nonsense and no frills but gets the job done.
Seeing as though we had the Mothercare change box and top & tail bowl, it seemed fitting that when it came to toilet training we would buy the Mothercare potty to match, and so my daughter's change/wash equipment would all be co-ordinated just how we like it... Anyway, so we purchased said potty for £4.99 which I think is pretty reasonable as far as potty prices go (I've seen much more expensive fandangled singing potties out there!!!) The one we have is a different colour to the one in the picture but it is exactly the same shape. Ours is white and yellow and is part of the Jungle Safari range in Mothercare. As potties go, this is quite basic - your child wees into it and then you empty it, it doesn't play any tunes or come apart. I think it is quite unobtrusive and just sits quietly in the corner of our living room and sometimes goes unnoticed by guests, which is a good thing. The thing I like about it is that there are no harsh curves on it, everything is smooth, so when my daughter parks her bottom on it she is relatively comfortable. It has a decent sized backrest so she can lean back if she feels the need. And I think the raised up part at the front is especially designed for little boys so we don't get any over spray... but I am not certain of this because it's girls only in this house. What I also like about this potty is that it sits quite high off the ground and the actual seat part is quite large, so when my daughter is backing up onto it with one eye on the TV she is guaranteed to hit the right spot...she has missed sometimes and ended up on the floor, but more often than not she can manoeuvre herself onto the potty with relative ease. The bowl part is also quite deep so we can get 2 or 3 wees in there before emptying is required. But sometimes I find my youngest daughter playing in the wee, so perhaps I should empty it every time!!? It's very easy to clean; there are no nooks or crannies that can get filled with dirt. I just pour her wee or poo down the loo and give it a good rinse under the bath taps. I usually give it a proper clean on a night with some bathroom cleaner. Considering I sometimes leave her wee in there for a few hours (it's tiring traipsing up and down stairs all day long) there is no discolouration in the potty and it is still in the same condition it was when we bought it. We bought it when my daughter was 6 months old and that means we've had it for over 2 years, so it has worn very well and I expect to get many more potty training years out of it. I can recommend this to anyone who wants a decent, no frills potty for the wonderful time of potty training.
I've decided that it really is time my son was potty trained. He does show an interest sometimes in using the potty but doesn't seem to be making significant progress. Bulk Standard Potty. This one has been around the house for about 12 months now. If he's running around naked after his bath he will quite happily wee into it, but that's about as far as it goes. He won't sit on it, preferring to stand across it, which is fine but means that he won't learn to do a poo in it. This potty is suitable for both boys and girls and is very easy to clean. It costs about £5.00. Disadvantage - doesn't look too comfortable. Toilet Seat Potty. This helps progress your child from an ordinary potty to using the toilet. You lift the toilet seat, place the potty on the bowl of the toilet and then put the seat back down again. It means that the child can use the proper toilet without falling in!! This one (at the moment) has proved to be a spectacular disaster, with my son refusing to go anywhere near it. But I'm sure for those who have mastered using the potty this will give them the added security needed for transferring to using the proper toilet. Again, suitable for boys and girls and easy to clean. It costs about £6.00. Disadvantage - Probably too soon to try this one. Potty Chair. I think that this could be the one!! Everytime we go into Mothercare my son rushes up to this one, drags it onto the floor and promptly sits on it! So I finally gave in and bought it. It's like a curved semi-circular chair which has a lift out potty in it. It has back and side support and as it's higher than normal potties (I should think at least twice as tall), it gives a natural and comfortable sitting position. The potty itself is a good depth and is easily removable for disposal and cleaning, and as with the other potties I mentioned it has a splashguard so is sui table for boys and girls. It also has rubber feet to stop any movement, making it very sturdy. The main thing I like about it is that my son cannot stand astride it to have a wee, he has to sit down, which I'm hoping will encourage him to do a poo in it as well. This one costs £10. Disadvantage - Haven't come across one yet. All of these potties I have mentioned are the ordinary bulk standard Mothercare ones, i.e. white with either the ABC motif or the Cat/Dog motif. Of course they also do the Winnie the Pooh design and for those you need to add on an extra pound or two to the prices I've quoted. Happy training!!