It's perhaps the most dreaded of our first major parental duties. We're talking about potty training. The mess, the frustration, the doubt. "Is he ready and am I doing the right thing"? you may ask yourself. For most of us, it doesn't come easy. One thing is for sure though, you'll need the right equipment (ahem) to get started. Here are our top ten potties that won't assault the visual senses (as for the olfactory, that's another story). They all have various attributes, and you may even have to try a couple to see what works best.
Parents, for us newbies, do you have any suggestions for what works? Did you have multiple receptacles, or use an insert on the family toilet? Were you able to make potty training fun? Please do share your tips!
1. Hoppop Donut - The minimalist's answer. Small and lovely, best for a beginner. The top is removable for easy cleaning. ($25)
2. Boon Potty Bench - A sleek, modern 2-in-1 potty that doubles as a step stool. The most elegant option if you're trying to impress company. ($40)
3. Baby Bjorn Little Potty - As is evidenced by this roundup, Baby Bjorn has cornered the market here. We love their Little Potty because it's light and relatively inexpensive. You could put one of these in every room. ($9-$15)
4. Baby Bjorn Potty Chair - For graduates of the Little Potty or those training a little older, this potty chair may be your answer. Good if the toilet itself is scary, we actually like the white one best because it looks like the one the grownups use. ($28)
5.Trendykid BecoPotty - None of us want to contribute to the landfill. Feel good about your purchase with this eco-friendly biodegradable option, made from bamboo and rice! ($13)
6. Baby Bjorn Smart Potty - Similar in function to the Hoppop, this petite potty also has a removable bowl. For small bottoms only. ($20)
7. Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer - Our ultimate solution wound up being a topper to the regular toilet. They need this to feel secure so they don't fall in(!) ($25)
8. Prince Lionheart Weepod - Prince Lionheart also makes a viable option in a range of pearlescent colors. ($33)
9. Potette Plus - Potty training is all the more important when you're on the go. This genius invention by Potette fits in the car, can be used with baggies on its own, and fits over a public toilet. ($15)
10. Once Upon a Potty - A classic by Alona Frankel, your child may be able to relate to Prudence or Joshua's trials and tribulations. Parents will get a kick out of the 70s illustrations too. The potty in this kit is light and ergonomic, but the book could be invaluable. ($20)
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