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Who knew there was such a huge range of potties to choose from?! Certainly not me!
There are the top of the range all singing all dancing ones (seriously some of them actually sing!!) that sell for about £40 (I know £40 for a potty!). Then there are the completely basic ones which you can pick up for about £3 which are the small, hard plastic, most basic you can get. I wanted something in the middle!
When my daughter first started showing signs of being ready to potty train I went out to get a potty. I picked up this one as it looked like a more comfortable seat than the other basic ones and I liked the fact that it turns into a step so it could grow with her and could be used as a step when she moved up to the toilet. It was £10 in Kiddicare when I bought it. I bought two so that she could use one when she stays at my mum's house even though really we could have just managed with one as they are very easy to transport and don't even really look like a potty when the lid is closed.
They come in three colours, pink, white and blue. Having just had my little boy when my daughter was ready to potty train I should have gone with the white. ... that would have being the sensible option anyway (I'm not very sensible). My little girl wanted the pink as "that's what colour princesses have" apparently, so that's what she got, anything that will help her want to use the potty!
The lid lifts up and is ready to use. Once the child has done their business on the potty the seat part lifts up and reveals a little pot. The pot just lifts out so you can dispose of what's in there, clean and put back. The pot is shaped so it is easy to pour any wee out. It is very easy to do unlike the cheap basic ones which I have found it very difficult to pour the wee out of.
My daughter used this potty for a week and then decided she didn't need it anymore, "I am grown up now and use toilet". Instead the potty got used as a step to jump off. For her, I feel whilst this potty was good, it wasn't worth the money as she got hardly any use out of at all and pretty much went straight on the toilet.
My son however, has just started showing an interest in using the toilet. He will sit on the toilet and do a wee but only if we are in the bathroom already (like if he's about to have a bath). I have gone out and bought him the blue version of this potty and as we have it downstairs he will go and use it whenever he needs to.
One of the things I really like about this potty is that the seat part is almost flat. In nearly all other potties I have found (especially the cheaper ones) they all have a little bit at the front which is raised, so there is a little bit between their legs which is up. I don't know why but my son hates that bit... he refuses to sit on one with that bit in the middle. This one is almost flat and is only ever so slight raised in the middle so he doesn't even notice.
The bottom of the base of the potty also has little rubber bits so that it remains in place and doesn't slide around (there would be nothing worse than a child who is nervous of the potty anyway and it slipped as he or she sat on it. It would scare them off even more).
One other good thing about this potty is it really does grow with the child. The seat part comes off and can be used on the toilet as a child seat, so as they grow out of the potty you can still use the seat on the toilet. I never realised this when we used it first time round with my daughter and haven't yet tried it with my son but think it's a really good idea.
Unfortunately the price of this potty has risen since I first bought it for my daughter. It is now £17 in kiddicare and £15.50 on amazon. Quite pricey in my opinion. However, I think the price is still worth it depending on your child. For my daughter this was definitely not worth it, but for my son it is worth every penny as it is one he is comfortable with and it is gently easing him into potty training at 20 months old.
I am going to rate this potty 4/5 as I think for any child that is happy using a potty it is great but isn't such good value if your child will want to move on to the toilet quickly
Thank you very much for reading, I hope it was useful
xx Mrs K xx
My daughter was potty trained very early - by eighteen months and she adored her Fisher Price Royal Potty. When she turned two she decided she wanted to train at night time, so a few months later we began the hunt for another potty to keep in her bedroom.
I didn't want to spend another £35 on a potty like her Fisher Price one for two reasons. Firstly, it seemed like such a waste for what is essentially just a spare, and secondly, it would be kept in her bedroom so it's not like it was on display! I still wanted a good brand and I still wanted a pink one though! We found the Summer Infant All In One on eBay for £10 new which was a good price, as it is around £15.99 new in the shops and is stocked in places like Tesco, occasionally Asda but rarely, Boots and Babies R Us.
The potty comes in pink and white, or pink and blue. We bought the pink and white version. It is a good size, I found that my daughter preferred the seat-type potty to the traditional style as it was easier to sit on rather than hunkering down to the floor. The potty has rubber on the bottom to stop it sliding about which is good for potty training at the beginning or even after when they're in a rush! The potty, like most chair types, has a removable bowl which makes emptying and cleaning much easier. The downside to this particular potty is that there isn't a decent splash guard so there have been a few occasions where wee has trickled down the front. It is all wipe clean though so easy enough to clean.
When your child progresses to only using the toilet, the seat from the potty is easily removed and placed on the adult toilet seat. When you close the lid of the potty, the potty becomes a step stool - ideal for getting onto the toilet or reaching the sink.
All in all, this potty does exactly the same as the other "all in ones". Whilst it might seem expensive when you can pick up a normal potty for a third of the price, it is actually quite cheap when you consider the fact that it is also a trainer seat and step stool. Having said that, if you potty train your child on the potty and the toilet at the same time as we did, it would be a nightmare having to run and fetch the potty, make it into a stool and seat etc. all before the child needed to go. For this reason we had already bought a separate trainer seat which we keep by the toilet and a different step stool, as my daughter is small for her age and the potty wouldn't be high enough for her to reach the sink as she needed the two-step stool variety.
Still, a good price and a good potty, well worth it.
When my son was getting to the age where he was starting to know when he was needing to go to the toilet the hunt began for a good decent potty. I could not believe how much choice there was from plain simple potty which were about £5 to ones which played songs and noises which cost £35! We finally found one which seemed great and cost £15.99 from Tesco.
The potty has non-slip rubber on the bottom which stops it from sliding about on the floor and you have the choice of either white and pink or white and blue. The potty has a removable pot which makes it very easy to clean and so much so that my 3 year old son manages to empty his pee away and rinse it all by himself. When your child feels they are ready to use the big toilet the seat from the potty can easily be removed and placed on the toilet seat and then once the potty lid is closed over it can be used as a step to enable them to get up to the big toilet.
My son also uses the potty as a step to get up to the sink to wash his hands and brush his teeth which is great as it saved us from buying another step or stool so he could reach up. I found when looking for a potty a lot of the seats looked very uncomfortable and rather small but this one is great as the seat is a good size and my son feels comfortable when sitting on it to do the toilet. Overall a great buy as it was not to dear, sturdy and can be used for several purposes, would definitely recommend it.
The time came a while ago for us to get a potty to introduce to our toddler. I had looked around and was bombarded by all the different potty's you can buy. Some sing when the child does a wee, some are brightly coloured, some look like a throne, and some are just a plain old potty.
I wasn't even sure what I needed let alone what I wanted. That was until I saw the all in one potty with a lid.
It ticked a couple of boxes straight away by being pink, and the fact it was three in one was very interesting, and I hoped it would save me money in the long run.
The potty comes in at £14.99 which is expensive for a potty, but not when you consider it's a toilet seat, stool and potty rolled into one.
Instantly my daughter loved her new potty. She could open and close the lid and put her toys inside. Hang on that's not right, I didn't want to encourage her to be doing her business over her toys in the future.
This proceeded in me spending a while teaching my daughter that this was where she would do her "wee wee's" and "poo poos" when she was a big girl, it wasn't a place to hide her toys. I'm still not convinced she understood this but gradually the toys have stopped being hidden here.
Straight away we were using the potty as a stool to wash her hands in the bathroom. Just her using it as a stool was a step in the right direction for her not to be afraid of the potty when the time comes for us to use it for its purpose.
The potty looks just like a stool when you first look at it. When you open the lid, you then realise the possibilities it holds. Inside there is what looks like a porta potty from old. There is a moulded seat which comes off and fits perfectly on top of a toilet seat to act as the next stage up. Without this attached however you can't use it as a potty.
Underneath the seat is a small removable pot which holds the waste. I liked this idea because you can take a small object to flush the contents down the loo, rather than a large bulky potty to have to travel to the loo. It's also a lot easier to clean being smaller.
Each part is made with fairly thick plastic, and I have always had faith in the contents being safe until I need to dispose of them. It's also slightly more difficult to kick over than a potty would be on its own.
To start with my daughter was more fascinated with opening the lid, sitting down and standing straight up again to put the lid down again. Now she's used to it she can forget about the lid and sit down properly. You can remove the lid but I like to keep it on as it acts both as a hygienic method as well as looking nicer when it's in the lounge.
My main dislike with this potty is that if you want to take the seat off quickly, you may find a learning toddler will have an accident as it's not a simple removable object. It's clipped in well and needs to be pulled out centrally. This makes the potty not as great as it could be. I would suggest that you use the potty as a potty to start with and then move on to using it for a seat when the child progresses to using the toilet. My daughter however sometimes likes to sit on the toilet like a big girl so I do have to transport it about.
Overall I think the concept is a great idea both for space saving and money saving in the long run. When you put together how much each piece would cost you, you'll definitely save by buying it all in one.
We have the potty on laminate flooring and it has rubber feet to stop it slipping which has also proved a godsend with a learning toddler. The last thing I want is it to slip and then she becomes scared of the using the potty.
The potty is pink in colour and its unique design means that sitting on it is comfortable. It includes a sturdy lid to transform it into a functioning step stool and a removable seat for full size toilet use. The pot is easy to remove and clean, and the non-slip rubber feet keep it securely in place while in use.