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My son has taken to potty training really well and loves his new 'big boy pants'. So much so that we had to abandon any thinking that he might wear pull up nappies for a while whilst we were out and about. To be honest, this is a good thing as it has meant that we haven't had to face any dilemma that this may be confusing to him and I had always thought the line should be clear cut - he is either in nappies or not. We have two Fisher Price frog potties at home that he loves but these are far too big for me to cart around when we go out. I had bought a travel potty, but I felt that the liner rather than a hard bottom to it would worry him. So, off to Tesco it was to find a suitable smallish potty to slip into a carrier for our trips out.
To be honest, I was somewhat dismayed at the lack of choice there was. Sure, it is a supermarket rather than a baby specialist store but I usually find their baby and toddler department very good. There was a fairly small sized potty in a clear blue with a picture of an orange fish on the front that seemed suitable though and, as my son has a love of fish I felt that this would encourage him to use it. I bought this potty for £4.99.
The potty itself is smaller than his potty at home and is lightweight - perfect for carrying around. It is sturdy though and my son, who is quite big for his age, can sit on it fairly comfortably. He took to it instantly and seems comfortable and at ease when sitting on it. The bowl at the base of the potty is generous in size which means that, even when my son has had a huge wee, it can be picked up easily without fear of spilling the contents. Likewise, as it is sturdy, it doesn't tip or move when my son gets on or off it. The potty is also made of quite a thick plastic so it is robust too.
Overall, a fairly cheap, decent potty that we use as our 'out and about potty'. A decent size but still fits neatly in a plastic bag and under the buggy etc.
Until you come to potty train you probably don't think that much about potties. When you do come to potty training you might make the decision between a potty and a child's loo seat (or possibly, if you're mad, an all-singing-all-dancing toy-like contraption) but, aside from colour choices you're probably not going to think much further.
Well, you should.
Boys and girls were not created equal and not all boys or girls were, themselves, equal. What suits one child, might not suit another. And when it comes to potties that can be very messy!
Tesco's own brand potty is a simple thing. Currently in a shade of turquoise and adorned with the "I can do it" pig, the potty is pleasing to look at and OK for girls and boys (if you're worried about looks and colours).
For some girls the potty will be fine, but for boys and girls who "go a lot" there are issues.
The potty is quite rounded, imagine a football, cut off the top 2/3rds and what's left is the shape and size of the potty bowl. There is a fairly low, rounded "splash guard" at the front, designed to stop accidental spills, particularly from boys. There's also quite a high back which is good for emptying the potty and provides some support if your child leans back. There are issues though.
If your child is bigger than about 85cm tall (or shorted with particularly long legs) then the depth of the bowl is only just about sufficient. Boys will find their bits touching the splash guard and if boys or girls want to do a poo then they will be going right towards the back of the potty.
For all children, if you have a child with good bowel control who does big poos then they will, quite literally, end up sitting in it - no better than a nappy in many respects.
Similarly, children with good bladder control may well find that they fill the potty. This becomes even more of an issue when you have an independent child who wants to do it themselves. As they get up the potty invariably gets knocked and the rounded shape of the potty often causes the contents to slosh and spill over.
For boys, the splash guard is not high enough. If you have a curious boy who likes to watch and/or fiddle or a child who is independent and wants to go alone then chances are you'll get spills or have "missed the potty" accidents when sitting down. If your child gets confused and decides to go standing up (as with the big toilet) then be prepared for a lot of splash mess!
From experience we've found that oval shaped potties with flat bottoms and high splash guards are best for boys and, arguably, more comfortable for girls too. Unfortunately, Tesco's potty fails on all accounts and is now only used as our "in the back of the car" potty for emergencies!
Potty training can be easy or difficult but you need equipment that helps, not hinders.
Thumbs down for this one!
I got our first potty in Tesco, it's light grey in colour with a lemon coloured bit at the back. I didn't think much about what features to look for in a potty, just saw it, thought "we need one of those soon" and bought it. How much I have learned since then! That potty cost £2.99 and it doesn't even have a hand hole at the back so is really awkward to lift. We have since bought a piglet shaped potty for £1.29 at a local "value" shop, and you can guess which is the most popular. Plus the piglet one does have a hand hole at the back so is easy to lift without spilling the contents. One tip, if you're getting more than one potty - and if you have an upstairs and a downstairs I would recommend that you get two - make sure they are identical because you can bet your child will soon have a favourite one that they want to use!