Should I Use A Potty Seat Or Chair When Starting Potty Training?

Posted by Potty Expert on December 1, 2011

When you begin potty training, you will need to have a potty chair or potty seat for your child to use. The easier it is for your child to use the bathroom, the more likely they will be to want to go.

Which one you choose will depend on your and what their needs are, as well as their size too. There are pros and cons to both and ultimately it will become your decision in the end, since neither is better than the other really.

Potty chairs are good to have because they are so low to the ground. They are the perfect height for children to get on and off, as well as they feel very safe on them. Their feet can touch the ground and they do not need to struggle to get on the toilet. However, potty chairs are larger and do take up more space, which can be difficult in smaller bathrooms.

They are also slightly more expensive than a potty seat too. So if you have multiple bathrooms in your home, than you will need multiple potty chairs for your child to use so they can always use the bathroom no matter where they are at or what they are doing.

However, there are potty chairs that are convertible though too, which is very convenient. They are called multi-functional potty chairs, and they can be a thrifty parent’s best friend! There are some available that work as a potty chair with a back on them, than they can be converted to a step stool, using the bottom of the chair and the top of the chair becomes a potty seat to place on the toilet, once your child has outgrown the potty chair.

This can be a good in between option to choose since the potty chair grows with your child and eliminates the need to buy a potty seat later on to place on the toilet. As well as the fact too that you have a step stool for them to use to get on the toilet or to use at the sink as well.

However, potty chairs do not always work if your child is already taller or bigger for their age. They will than outgrow the potty chair very quickly. The convertible potty chairs can still work, since they may be too big for a potty chair, but still need a potty seat on the toilet and a step stool to get up there. Potty seats come in a variety of choices, colors, patterns and characters just like the potty chairs do.

They do have handles on them so your child still feels secure when sitting on the toilet. Plus, some of these are portable which is great when you are leaving the house and you can take the seat with you everywhere.

If you buy a potty seat, you will most likely still need to get a potty step stool too so that your child can reach the toilet and the sink. However, there are sets available that come in matching patterns or characters and there are also very traditional potty seats and step stools to use that will work everywhere.


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