Product Type: Potette baby products
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Not really as essential as people say
Pottete Fold-away Travel Potty
Member Name: firasha
Pottete Fold-away Travel Potty
Advantages: Good for toilet seat if you need to take them to use a public toilet
Disadvantages: I didnt find it necessary as a potty
I got this when potty training my son as I had heard it recommended a lot by people saying they needed to whip a potty out quickly for their child whilst out and about, and that they could not live without this product. However I never really had any use for it in that regard as my son was able to hold on fairly well and also he was not keen at all to use this as a potty. In fact I don't think he ever did use it for that at all! If he said he needed the toilet and none was available, when I ever suggested this he said no he will wait til he goes home.
It did come in quite handy in its toilet seat format though, as public toilets when out and about can be very large for a toddler so this saves them being scared of falling in, and also seems more hygienic to sit them on their own seat than straight onto the public toilet. Although I would not say it is absolutely essential, as you can just hold them over the toilet.
It folds down very nice and compact and comes with a storage bag so easy and convenient to keep under the buggy, so not too much trouble to take out and about. It was only for a few months I even took it in case of my toddler needing to use it as a seat for a public toilet when out and about, so I felt its use was quite limited.
It kept it good condition and very clean, even though it is a toilet seat it does not get dirty and can easily be washed, wiped down and disinfected if you need to do so, as it is all made of easily wipeable plastic. This means it can be kept and used again for siblings when necessary.
I found the fold out legs quite stiff at first, but once you open and flatten it back down a few times, then it becomes okay. But this is something to bear in mind if the first time you start to open it out is an emergency situation with a child desperate for the toilet, so better open and close it a few times at your leisure just to get it working well and un-stiffened.
The bags to use inside this are quite expensive but if you are mainly using it as a toilet seat for the public toilets then you would not need that at all. I have heard people saying that they used nappy sacks with a nappy laid inside it, as a cheaper alternative to buying the branded ones which are designed for this potty.
If I went back in time, to be honest I don't think I would have bought this but I was quite anxious about toilet training my son as he was my first so I just bought all the kit that everyone recommends, and it did come in handy from time to time but not in the potty format. I am actually glad he did not want to use it like that, as I don't think its a good habit to get children used to using the toilet immediately without waiting, and also not to want to just use a potty anywhere!
Summary: Probably wouldn't recommend overall - not necessary
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