Potty Chair vs. Potty Seat

During the initial stage of potty training, we bought a potty chair from Kiddy Palace for Little Edison. This potty chair is a standalone product that is completely separated from our toilet. Thus, it is more accessible and quickly reached by Little Edison without much assistance from us.

The only disadvantage of using a potty chair is the cleaning part – which we can’t simply flush that “pee” or “poop” down the toilet. We also have to clean and sanitize the potty chair frequently as Little Edison gets up close and personal with it few times a day.

Few months later, he turned this potty chair into a toy. He asked the Grandfather to attach a string on the handle and pull him as he sat on the chair. He will giggle happily when the Grandfather pulls him on his potty chair and walks around the house.

During the interim period, the Grandmother offered him a small plastic mug for him to urinate in it. When he needs to urinate, he will pull down his pants, hold the mug under his penis and urinate into the mug. When he is done, he will pour his urine into the toilet bowl himself. He can do it very well, except once an accident happened – he ran too fast to the toilet and at the end, he splashed the urine all over the floor!

Obviously, the plastic mug is not a practical solution. We moved on to a potty seat instead. The potty seat (picture) is a smaller seat that fits on top of our regular toilet seat.

It feels more like a real toilet seat. Thus, I’m confident that the transition from potty seat to the toilet seat will be easier at the later stage. The waste can be easily disposed as we can just flush them away. It’s definitely cleaner. In addition, it’s portable, easily stored away and takes up little space in the bathroom.

The disadvantage is that it is a little too high and Little Edison is unable to plant his feet on the floor. We need to help him to climb up the toilet seat and ensure that he is seated safely during the ‘process’.

Nonetheless, this potty seat proved to be a good buy for us. Little Edison loves it so much that he doesn’t allow us to remove his potty seat from the bathroom. So there it is – his potty chair is placed nicely in our common bathroom – solely for his use!

Read more about our potty training methods HERE.

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Sam April 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Hi Emily,

Alternatively you could get those toilet seat (cum cover) with dual seat sizes (regular + mini) from those hardware (bathroom related) shops. easier to flip up and down comparing to removing. The advantage of yours is the cushion.

For Darius, when he was younger.. we had a step stool (from Ikea) for him to use when he needs to pee (of course with supervision).

Maegan uses the step stool to help get to the seat (again with supervision as well).

The step stools for us is multi functional.. the kids using is for washing up and tooth brushing as well.


Emily April 13, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Hi Sam,
Thanks for your recommendation. I’ll check it out if I happen to passby the hardware shops.

Hi Jen,
Oooh, really? We just started using it. It seems easy at the moment. We have to be careful and not let the urine goes into it. Otherwise, it will definitely stinks!

Jennie April 13, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I bought the potty seat too but it can get “mis-aligned” and drop into the toilet bowl. Also, urine gets trapped in it and hard to clean. After a while, it stinks! =(

Rachel April 15, 2010 at 2:03 AM

We have a potty seat in the house too and serve us well for the past 3 years. We too have the ikea stool to help Dylan getting up and down from the toilet seat when he was shorter back then. Now he can do his business all by himself.


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