“ Manufacturer: Waterly Bottom Products Limited / Product Type: Potty Seat „
I as pretty sure that I would give potty training a go with my daughter this summer, as I knew she had shown an interest and had the language to understand what was going on and be able to verbalise to me when she needed the toilet etc. So, even though she isn't quite two, my daughter is now successfully potty trained despite the first initial days when I thought I was wasting my time. In the run up and preparation for it, I ordered this pourty potty with money I had left on an amazon voucher. I bought the white version at the time for £7.99, and it still costs that on amazon at present, however, I have seen it selling around the tenner mark as well, which I think it pretty costly for a potty, given what it is used for, and at the end of the day, it is simply a plastic toilet. However, it was all the positive reviews about the easiness of this potty that won me over.
This pourty potty has won awards for its design and it does come a couple of colours, including this blue colour as shown above and purple and pink. As much as I loved the bright colours and I knew that my daughter would love the pink, I went with the neutral version so it could be used in the future should we ever have a son. Prices vary with colours. This potty has won several parenting gold and silver awards which to be honest, does attract my attention to a product, as it does seem to have some merit.
What makes this potty different from others on the market is that it is designed as a pouring potty, so you can pour away the contents easily and straight into the toilet as the back of the potty has also a little channel or spout to make this pouring easy and clean. I have to say that I did find this easy to use, and I never got any of the contents over my hands when I was pouring it out, so it probably more hygienic that your average potty.
I like that this potty is a good size. My mother in law keeps out the little potty that my husband used when he was small and it is much much smaller for my daughter to use and not as well supported as this one. There is a wide base with this, it is sturdy, so when my daughter sits on it, it doesn't move around, and it has high sides to keep contents inside! There is also a good size handle at the front so you can transport it easily - and goodness knows I transported it plenty in those first couple of days or potty training, moving it here, there at everywhere.
Before we started potty training, I let my daughter play with this potty. SHe put some of her teddies on it to let them go to the potty, and then it was actually her that came to me wanting to use the potty one day and that;s when we started the toilet training. However, after the first use, she seemed to go off this potty and wanted to use a toilet seat on the main toilet, which I was fine with, but it meant having to run, I couldn't just keep it in the room. By the second day however, she started using this potty and for them on was perfectly content to use the potty and continued to show teddies etc what she had done in it! Lovely! I found this potty very easy to use, I could pour it out without any difficulty, and although I always cleaned the potty, I felt that the contents got poured away completely. THe high sides did keep everything contained inside and the handle meant I could grab it quickly if my daughter announced she needed to go.
We are now past the stage of potty, apart from keeping it in the car for when we are out and about, and my daughter will happily use the big toilets when we are out, however, we still use this countless time and it fits well into the boot or into a bag to be swung over the buggy.
This is a costly potty compared with a basic one you might pick up in the supermarket for a couple of pounds, but I did find it good, and I do like it to be as hygienic as possible and this potty helps with that.
I got given this for my son a few months ago and have used it as a spare.
First of all it's light, easy for me to move from place to place in the house and when we travel on the train. Great feature with the handle and the pour bit on the back! Any mum and dad will know the mess that can be made when pouring a convenitnal potty down the toilet. Mess here there and everywhere! So that is a great feature.
Only a few things in my opinion which make it not so great, the bowl is tiny! My little man (3 years) Struggles to sit on it properlly and he isn't a big child. He has to hold his 'tinkle' down to pee as it splashes everywhere due to lack of room and the splash gaurd not being big enough.
Secondly, the design is very basic, in my opinion not great when potty training as it looks a bit boring.
Great as a second potty though!
When it comes to baby and toddler products, I tend to prefer good value and functionality over gimmicks and unnecessary features. With something as basic but essential as a child's potty, this holds true. With both of my boys, I've ignored the all-singing and all-dancing versions in favour of a basic cheap plastic potty costing no more than a fiver. (And believe me, I'm not exaggerating about the 'all-singing' aspects as some potties can be found that play musical tunes and even talk to your little ones, if you're prepared to part with well over £20 for the privilege!)
It was only while happening to catch an episode of ITV's This Morning a couple of months ago, that I heard of a new 'innovation' in the potty world, only this time it sounded like an excellent idea, even to my cynical mind. Alison Hammond was demonstrating a new type of potty called the Pourty which looked pretty much like a standard potty but with the crucial difference that it also featured a cut out gully that made emptying a used potty much easier and more hygienic. Whilst this might seem like a minor improvement to the potty's fundamental design, it is actually a massive improvement and it is one of those simple but totally ingenious solutions that just make you wonder why nobody has ever thought of it before, after all potties have been about for generations!
After a few weeks of procrastination I decided to go ahead and purchase a Pourty from Amazon which was priced at a fairly reasonable £9.99 including postage. The Pourty comes in three colours; fairly predictably blue, pink and white. The blue version that we chose is a pleasant pastel shade of blue and is made from a suitably strong and durable type of plastic. It is a slightly different shape to a standard potty, looking vaguely oval in shape with the unusual pouring channel cut out of the back of the potty. The potty is designed so that there is still an element of support to your toddler's back but they do need to sit on this the right way round to avoid any particularly messy incidents! My two year old certainly seems to find this just as comfortable as his previous model and has no problem knowing which way to sit on this (thankfully!) There is also high splash guard so there is no risk of getting wee everywhere, providing your little man has his equipment in the right place! The potty does feel very slightly heavier than the previous lightweight version we used but it is still perfectly portable and it feels reassuringly sturdy so it is less likely to be accidentally knocked over.
According to the official website, this potty makes a number of claims as a superior version to a traditional potty, including that it avoids the trademark red ring on a little one's bottom caused by an overly long sitting on the potty! I have to admit, I couldn't really see how this could work as the potty is still made of plastic and any prolonged contact with a delicate squidgy little bum is likely to lead to a ring of some sorts. My cynicism has been confirmed by the site of my boy's little botty after a particularly long period at the potty and, yes, we still have the old baboon's bum as evidence although the red ring was slightly less pronounced than usual, probably because of the particular shape of the potty.
The design of the Pourty (to use its proper name) really comes into its own when my son has successfully used it and we need to transfer the contents over to the toilet. There is a convenient handle cut out of the front of the potty which is much more convenient and more hygienic than carrying a used potty about by the seat or the base. The contents can then be poured out easily through the special pouring channel at the back which means that any liquids and solids go straight into the loo and there is no messy dripping down the side or base of the potty. It might not sound that ground-breaking to anybody that hasn't recently attempted any form of potty training and, I dare say, you can manage without it but it is just far superior and much less messy than a traditional potty. I still, obviously, give the potty a wipe around with an anti-bacterial wipe or spray but the exterior and base of the potty remains perfectly clean and avoids that nasty sticky build-up over time.
I'm certainly very pleased with the design and ease of use of the Pourty and think that it's a really simple but totally effective way of making potty training just that little bit less irksome and messy for parents. Sadly, it isn't a fail-safe way of cracking potty training in no time but it is definitely ten pounds well spent.