“ Brand: Mothercare / Type: Toilet Trainers / Potty Seats „
The biggest hurdle in any parents life is getting through that dredded potty stage. I am currently trying to train my daugter without alot of luck but as I remember I didnt have much luck with my son either.
I think I must have bought 5 different potties for my son the first was a cheap one which I think he found too low then I got him a toilet seat which was padded and he didnt like the bathroom I think it was because it echoed. My next investment was a potty that was like he was sitting on a ducks back and it even had handles he wouldnt sit on that unless the top was on it. Then I remember buying the potty chair from mothercare it cost me about £10 seemed a bit expenseve but was cheaper than the duck one that I had bought from boots. It stood high enough so it was like a chair they were sitting on there was a removable seat inside that was easy to empty. Because it was like a chair it was built up all around the edge so my son could lean on the sides.
I used to be able to give him a book while he was sitting on this that kept him amused so that he would sit on it longer. The mission was finding the right sort of potty for him to feel comfortable on which my daughter does not like this one she finds it too uncomfortable so still searching for her.
Every child is different but this one is definately worth a try my daughter will sit on it aslong as she has a nappie on at the minute but she is still only very young so I am hoping that in time she will get used to it.
In my mind, one of the biggest hurdles when bringing up small children, is getting them through potty training! We are soon to start upon this process with my younger daughter who has just turned two and will be using the Winnie the Pooh Potty Chair, which we bought when we were trying to toilet train my older daughter.
We had actually had a couple of false starts with Rachel, even though we'd bought lots of books and had a potty all ready. She just didn't seem ready though, as she would sit happily on the potty and do nothing, and then as soon as she got up would wee all over the carpet and apparently not even notice!
As a consequence, we put all thoughts of toilet training to the back of our minds for a couple of months, and when she was about two and a half we went for a fresh start! A friend of mine had suggested that in order to involve her more we should let her choose her own potty. So we all trooped off to Mothercare where, in the toilet training section, we were faced with an array of potties - all different colours and shapes, and some even played a tune! However, being a big fan of Winnie the Pooh, Rachel's eyes were immediately drawn to this one!
The first thing to say about this potty is that it does actually look like a chair. It has a high curved back with arm rests which will give an extra degree of support and security for a little one who might be sitting on it for quite a while - which is often the case in the early days when you are waiting for that magical wee! Also, because it is a chair, the child does not have to crouch down as low as she would on a normal style potty. The second thing to say is that inside the chair frame, it has a bowl which can be easily removed. This is very useful as to take the entire chair to empty down the toilet each time would be rather cumbersome! Instead, you carefully take out just this central bit which is then quite easy to empty into the toilet! WARNING! Your chid may attempt to copy this! The third thing to say is that it has a large sticker of Winnie the Pooh on the back of the seat, and I suspect it was this that really attracted my daughter to it!
The whole thing is made of rather sturdy plastic - blue for the main chair part and blue for the bowl. Because the bowl is removeable, not only is it easy to empty but also incredibly easy to clean thoroughly, which is obviously a must. It also has a splashguard which apparently makes it possible to be used by both girls and boys (I wouldn't know about boys only having girls!)
So overall, it seems strong and fairly comfortable - well as comfortable as any potty can be. Rachel did get quite prominent ring marks when she had been sitting on it a while! And did it work for her? Well, yes it did! She loved sitting on her new potty and surprisingly it didn't take too long for that wonderful first wee - which of course was praised up to the hilt and rewarded with a lovely sticker! We won't ever really know how much was down to the potty itself, but I'm convinced it did help! Now we only have to go through it all one more time!
Once Rachel did not have a need for the potty as she started to use the toilet, both girls did look on it as a toy for a while. It was either another chair, or a hat or visor for the head! Obviously now it's starting to be used again we have to stop all that!
It is not a cheap potty compared to what you might pay just for your basic model - in fact at the moment it is selling in Mothercare for £14.99. However, if anything is going to help in the tricky business of toilet training - then it has to be money well spent!
The reason this chair is named "Winnie the Pooh" is that there is one sticker on the back of the chair featuring the character. It is a nice chair in orange and green with a removable catch bowl. It's sturdy and stable and gives a child a sense of security whilst sitting on it, opposed to traditional potties without back rests. There is a raised front to the catch area, so it suits little boys as well as girls. The base of the potty has five rubber grips and the chair will not slip on an uncarpetted floor, eg the kitchen. My eldest son is mid-training and loves this chair, although I do think they could have made it larger. He just fits in to it and he's an average size. Boys are usually older than girls when they start potty training and I think most manufacturers gear potties towards an 18 month old.