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When we started potty training my son last summer he initially refused point blank to even sit on the standard potty we had bought him. So in desperation and at the suggestion of another mum we bought a toilet seat in case he felt more comfortable sitting on the toilet. Being the soft mummy that I am when I was browsing in Mothercare for this I really thought the hard plastic ones would be uncomfortable on his bottom and decide to plump for the Thomas the tank engine soft seat instead.
What is it?
This is a child's toilet seat that fits on top of a normal adult toilet seat. This one is made from blue plastic with a padded cushion for the child to sit on. On either side of the seat there are two handles to provide some extra reassurance for your child for them to hold on to. The back part of the seat is also slightly raised to give a more secure feel to the seat. The front has a small lip to it to stop little boys I think having a splash moment with wee.
This immediately seemed to appeal to my son more than his potty, I think part of the reason for this was the Thomas the Tank engine brand as his small potty was Winnie the Pooh which whilst he likes is not as popular as Thomas. The Thomas design on it is very simple as the picture shows there are Thomas dotted around the cushion on lines of track. This is similar in design to a jigsaw he has so my son seems to like the look of the design and has on occasions run his hand along the track making choo choo noises. Initially we just got him used to seeing the seat on the toilet at bath time and asking him if he wanted to sit on it. The majority of the time he wanted to sit on it but he would never use the toilet when sat there. We tried to extent the time he sat there by getting him to read a book on the toilet but generally he was never that keen to sit on it that long. We decide to continue with this for a few weeks but he gradually got fed up of this and would become distressed at trying to sit there so we abandoned the potty training and the seat for a while.
A few months later once he had become potty trained via a chair style potty we introduced this again for him and he appear to be more ready to give it a go and liked the experience on sitting on the toilet on his Thomas seat. I think this was the case for a few reasons. Now that he is 3 years old he seems to be confident on it and he feels that he is less likely to slip through the hole of the seat now that he is a bigger boy. When we first started trying when he was 2 and a half I think he used to worry about falling off or though the hole in the seat. He never used to hold the handles but would want either me or his daddy to sit right in front of him and he would often try to hold on to us tightly. As this was the first time he had used a toilet I think it left him feeling vulnerable and he was never confident enough to hold on to the handles. Now however he will quiet happily sit on the seat holding on to the handles for a bit of extra security. He no longer wants to hold on to either my husband or I and just appears to be more relaxed. When we have used other child toilet seats without handles at either friends or on trips out he still wants to hold on to the person he goes to the toilet with. What this suggests to me is that has he still seems to have a fear of falling of the toilet but holding on to the handles removes that fear for him.
Now that he is three he is able to lift the seat on to the toilet himself and climb on to it with the aid of his step stool and I think he feels very grown up doing this as he likes to put the seat on rather than let us do it. This does mean though is that I have to be quick and sneaky to make sure that he does have it on properly. However the seat seems to fit so well on the toilet that it has never fallen or tipped over when it has been put on to the seat by either my son or me . Equally even when he climbs on to it from his step stool it appears to be balanced so well it never falls out of places or over balances.
The cushion is nice and padded and seemed to be wonderfully comfortable for my son to sit on. What I do notice is that if he has sat for a bit on the seat whilst doing a poo there has been no nasty red marks left on his bottom from where the seat has come into contact with his skin. This is something that I have notice has happened when he has at for a bit on his potty chair. So if I know its going to be a long visit to the toilet I try to enough him to use the seat rather than the potty.
Cleaning this seat is easy to do if my son does aim properly as it generally just wipes clean so easily. However if he does have a miss aim it can be a little bit trickier as the cushion doesn't unclip for cleaning so badly aimed wee gets in to the crevice between the cushion and the seat. What this generally means is that I am pushing the cleaning wipes or cloths into the crevice to get those pesky drops wiped up. But even saying that the cushion must be sealed very well as there has been no discoloration in this area and no nasty whiffs generated by the seat form bits getting into the cushion foam.
My son is fully potty trained in the day now but he still uses a mixture of the potty chair and the toilet seat. I personally think that when he gets too big for the potty chair he will have no problems using this toilet seat full time as he likes to use it and feels comfortable and safe sat on it.
I would definitely recommend this toilet seat to other parents who are toilet training their little one. The seat is nice and comfortable for them to sit on and the handles provide a reassuring hand hold for them. It fits well on to the toilet and we have never noticed any wobbles when my son sits on it. The only down side is the cleaning of some misfires can be a bit tricky with the cushion not clipping off from the main body of the seat and because of this I am docking one star to make this a 4 star product for our household. At around £17 from Mothercare it is not the cheapest toilet seat on the market but for the comfort and ease of use that it provides my son it is priceless.
==Mothercare Thomas Training Seat==
Now jack is fully toilet trained (no thanks to me as he seemed to pick this up rather easily on his own and has been dry both day and night for nearly a year with no accidents whatsoever in bed! Lovely) we have all these little child aids around the house. The Thomas training seat is sold in Mothercare and is an essential piece when toilet training.
This Thomas training seat is a little more expensive than most at £16.99 pence but does have a few added features that make it slightly better from most too. The fact of course that it is a Thomas The Tank Engine product makes the price instantly go up in value as with all Thomas merchandise you are paying for the name.
The look of the seat is not particularly fitting to my colour scheme in my bathroom but it can easily tuck down the side of the toilet against the wall and isn't easily noticed. The seat is easy to use and literally needs placing on top of the seat where you would normally sit. The training seat then literally makes a smaller seat fit for a child sized bottom.
The fact that the training seat has handles each side of the seat is a good aspect and Jack does like to hold on to them to make him feel a little secure whilst he is sat on his throne! Which must feel quite high up for little people. When in position on the toilet it is firm and doesn't slip around too much it is made to a good standard which makes Jack feel in place and safe when using it.
The seat is also very padded and must make for quite a comfy place to park ones bottom. The foam seat is however covered in an easy to clean material which is sealed tightly round the plastic of the main seat. The seat itself is designed well enough to make sure everything goes down the toilet and the training seat itself doesn't even get very dirty.
There is a little raised bit on the front of the training seat which ensures that any splashes which might occur are kept nicely inside the seat whilst giving a helping hand to keep little willies pointing down too!
The seat is a good one and Jack seems to like it when he needs a number two and has to sit down. Of course he doesn't need to sit on it for his number ones now but when his little girlfriend Indie comes round its good to have for her to use when needing a wee.
It has got to be a 5 out of 5 star rating for this Thomas The Tank Engine Training Seat. Highly recommended for all Thomas or non-Thomas fans!
May thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
As anyone who has read any of my recent reviews may know, I'm going through that period of pure delight whereby son is learning how to go without nappies and use the toilet like "big boys". We've had quite a fair amount of success teaching him, during the day at least, but unlike my daughter who was more than happy to use a potty, my son is not very keen on the idea at all. Right from when we started, he liked the idea of using the normal toilet far better.......I guess because that's what he sees the rest of us do!
However, as I found very quickly, normal toilet seats are not designed for little bums! More than once he fell down into the toilet and needed rescuing - which despite being very funny, did not encourage him to use the toilet voluntarily! I also found that he was having to hold onto the seat itself to steady himself which was neither practical nor hygienic. And so a good friend of mine suggested that I get a toilet seat that was specifically designed for little people. I have to admit that I didn't know these things even existed - and so imagine my surprise when I saw how many different designs were on offer!
I opted to buy the Thomas the Tank Engine Comfi Trainer Seat from Mothercare for the simple reason that it was Thomas the Tank......and like most little boys, my son loves Thomas! It cost me £16.99 which I do feel is fairly expensive for what is essentially a piece of plastic, but the fact that it was Thomas won me over.
The seat is made from study blue plastic which sits on top of my normal toilet seat and essentially makes the hole in the middle a lot smaller (too small for my son to disappear into!). On top of the plastic base is a cushioned ring which is also plastic and waterproof and provides the seat which my son sits on. The cushioned part has five pictures of Thomas the Tank Engine printed onto it - which is something my son points out every time he uses the toilet these days. To the left and right hand side there are two plastic blue handles for added security.
I find this seat works very well. It fits onto the toilet seat easily and is a snug enough fit to mean that it doesn't move around, but not too snug to mean that it's difficult to remove. When my son clambers onto it, he sits very comfortably and he seems happy to sit there for five minutes or so, which is sometimes how long it takes for him to decide whether he's going to go to the toilet or not! Patience is not one of my virtues! He doesn't often use the handles as I think with the smaller hole in the middle, he doesn't feel the need to stop himself from slipping. The cushioned area is non-slip and so that's obviously helpful in keeping him in one place.
The only thing I have found, which isn't so much of a negative but more of an observation, is that I the hot weather, he can become a bit stuck to the cushioned area if he's been sat on it for a few minutes or more. He doesn't seem to be bothered by this though.
Obviously, being made entirely of plastic means that the entire device is washable - which I do do about once a day with a damp cloth. I'm not sure whether you can use bleach or anything like that on this surface, but I've really never felt the need.
Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone who is toilet training little kiddies because it does make it easier for them. When my son needs to go to the toilet he simply says that he needs to go and sit on Thomas!
We started potty-training our then two year old in May this year. At first, we counted ourselves lucky if he would even sit on the potty, let alone actually do anything in it, but after a bit of persistence (and several accidents) we reached a stage where he was dry during the day and we felt confident enough to ditch the day-time pull-ups completely.
Even at that age, he considered himself a 'big boy' so we decided to try and move away from the 'potty in front of the TV' approach that we had adopted in the early stages (anything to encourage him to actually sit on the potty) and to use the toilet instead. Holding him on the toilet didn't work as it went against his desire to be independent, so we headed to Mothercare in search of a seat to go on top of our normal toilet seat. Our son, like so many toddler boys, is a big Thomas the Tank Engine so the Mothercare Thomas the Tank Engine trainer seat seemed like the logical choice. Plus, he was excited by the new purchase which we thought would make it easier to persuade him to use it.
So, we got home, unwrapped the seat and installed it on the toilet. The outside seat is made of a sturdy bright blue plastic with handles on either side. It fits comfortably on to all normal-sized toilet seats (ours is just a cheap one from B&Q so nothing special) and the central part is made of a relatively soft padded plastic to make it more comfortable for the child to sit on. Whereas some plastic toilet seats can feel cold, the soft plastic used on this one makes it feel much more inviting for the child.
The fit on the toilet seat is also very good - the seat feels very stable, even with a clumsy toddler climbing on it, and although I do still supervise him at all times when he's using it, it never feels like he is going to fall off. This is important as my parents have a cheap plastic toilet seat for him which does not feel stable on the toilet and he has actually fallen off on to the tiled floor a couple of times when he's tipped it up. The other positive factor with this toilet seat is that the handles enable him to feel confident about climbing on and off it himself. We have a little step from IKEA which helps him to climb up, but the seat is sturdy enough for him to get up, adjust his position and make himself comfortable.
An important factor is choosing a trainer seat for your child is how easy it is to clean. This seat is very easy to clean - we tend to spray it down with a disinfectant spray after using it and it wipes clean easily. The handles also mean you can lift it off to clean it thoroughly without having to touch the padded part of the seat itself - I feel this is much more hygienic than some other types of seat.
This seat is priced at £16.99 making it one of the more expensive toilet trainer seats on the market. It also comes in a pink Fifi and the Flowertots version if you've got a little girl. I would suggest it is good value for money just because it is sturdy, durable and comfortable for toddlers / pre-schoolers to use.
Overall, we have been very happy with the trainer seat and I would definitely recommend it. Any issues we've had have been more to do with the stubbornness of our son, rather than the seat itself. There are times where he's refused flat out to use it, and demanded the potty instead, but that's just part and parcel of being a pre-schooler. It is an invaluable way of persuading your child to use the 'grown-up' toilet and, as such, it is a good purchase.
Having twin boys who are 2 the end of this month I knew there would come a time I'd have to prepare myself for potty training. I actually purchased two pottys in boots at a clearance price of 50p each but my boys think they are just to play on and stand in, or use as a hat. It is the toilet they are more interested in though and they point at it and tell me 'wee wee' or 'poo'. Now I know they are not quite ready yet to go properly but I wanted to introduce the toilet to them slowly so not to scare them out of it completely.
Knowing that it was the actual toilet they were interested in I headed off out in search of a toilet seat that would be safe, comfortable and encouraging for them.
Mothercare is where I found myself looking and it was here I found the Thomas the Tank comfy trainer seat with handles. It had a hefty price tag at £16.99 but after using a cheapy version at my mums a week or so before it with no luck at all I'm glad I paid the price for this one.
The seat is a sturdy and strong plastic with a comfy padded ring for the seat which is decorated in Thomas the Tank pictures. Being a blue seat it is probably aimed at boys more so than girls but you can actually pick up a pink one of these in another character for the ladies who are training to use the ladies room. The seat has a recyclable piece of cardboard attached, again decorated in thomas and blue informing us of a few important points.
We are told that this seat is
*An ideal way to train your child
*Easily Removed for Storage
*Easy to clean
*Handles provide stability and reassurance
*Fits toilet seats up to a size of 26cmx22cm internal
To use the comfry trainer seat you simply need to position it in the 'ring' of your very own toilet. It acts as a comfortable seat for your children without them having to worry about falling down that large hole with water at the bottom.
If the seat does become marked or dirty you simply need to wipe it down with a damp cloth - it tells us on the packaging that for stubborn stains you can use a mild household detergent and warns against using hard abrasive cleaners or bleach. I've only ever used washing up liquid as it doesn't get marked that bad really.
The packaging also advises that parental supervision is recommended when using the comfy trainer - to me though that's common sense.
Now I don't understand measurements - at all may I add .. and I was a little worried that this would be plonked on my toilet seat and fall straight in. To my surprise though, with the 'adult' toilet seat down, I placed my childrens toilet seat on top and it sat there neatly allowing a smaller hole for your children to pass their business through.
Once the seat is placed on the toilet, although it is a seat that can keep your child comfy and safe on the loo it does move around slightly which is to be expected as it doesn't tie on or fasten securely to the toilet seat. It doesn't move around an awful lot forcing it to come off the loo but for the first timers on the big toilet it can be a little startling and nerve wracking when they are trying to climb on the loo and the seat thats meant to be holding their weight wobbles slightly. To try ease the nervousness though I did buy a stepping stool which I do a short review of shortly.
Once on the seat however, my boys seem comfortable and happy to sit there, they fit on the seat perfectly and they don't seem panicked about the hole beneath them. This is mostly because of the puffy and soft seat itself for starters. Not only is it comfortable for them to seat, but it sort of grabs their skin securely - I don't mean it hurts them in anyway but thanks to the material it allows them to have a little confidence in their toilet seat. The handles either side just to add to the whole confidence and safety aspect of the seat. If your child still doesn't quite feel comfortable and brave enough to sit up without being held they can of course grip on for their dear lives at the handles either side of the seat. Obviously in time confidence will grow and the handles will become a thing of the past.
Of course being toddlers when first starting out on the whole loo training business things can become a little messy so those handles either side of the seat isn't just for the children and nor is the wipe down seat. The handles allow us parents to pick up the seat and take it off the loo to be washed, wiped down or stored away hygienically, as there would be nothing worse than having to grip the seat by the 'seat' itself, allowing allsorts of germs and nasties to spread.
It's early days yet with my boys, they havn't actually done anything in the big toilet yet but it has took them just 2 weeks to build their confidence into climbing onto the seat themselves and sitting there .. and of course playing with my flush. I feel confident that it won't be long and they will be using the loo for their duties and the stepping stool as well as the comfy seat will aid them alot. I'd recommend one of these seats to anybody looking to toilet train, it may seem a little pricey, but I'm glad I paid the price as I really didn't want my boys scared of the toilet and it taking me 3 plus years to convince them that the toilet is for doing your messes in and not some big gaping hole that's trying to swallow you up!