Is A Potty Seat Essential For Toilet Training?

By: Jill Brennan

Deciding when and how to potty train your child can be an arduous task for parents. Especially if this is the first child, parents have to decide how to go about it, how to do it, and how to deal with problems. A potty seat may be the ideal way to go for your toddler.

Potty Seat Or Potty Chair: What's The Difference?

Potty seats look and feel a lot more like the regular toilet than a potty chair. This may be a plus in your toddler's mind, since he is using the big guy's toilet and not a baby one. When deciding how you want to potty train, keep in mind your toddler's personality and motivation.

A potty seat is simply a smaller, usually cushioned, seat that fits on top of and around the regular toilet ring on your toilet at home.

You can find a potty seat in just about any color your toddler is partial to. You can also find a potty seat with many popular characters on them, including Sesame Street characters, Blue's Clues, and Dora the Explorer.

Another reason to choose a potty seat is simply the space required to store the seat. If you buy a potty chair, it will need its own spot in the bathroom. With a potty seat, the only thing you will need is a small area to store it when it's not in use. Usually you can fit the potty seat under your bathroom sink or even just on the floor next to the toilet.

One of the only negative aspects to a potty seat is that since they are on the regular toilet, they may be more inaccessible to your toddler. It ends up being pretty high, so you will probably have to provide a step stool to help your toddler access the potty seat.

Also potty seats usually have to be positioned in place and there can be a risk of them moving around which may make your child feel unsafe or it could pinch their skin if it gets caught between the two seats.

Regardless of how you choose to potty train your toddler, they will - believe it or not - be successfully trained. It may still be a while before they are completely able to use the toilet on their own, but at least you are on your way to one of the major goals in life.

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