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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Updated Potty Reviews

About a year ago, I reviewed the Fisher-Price Royal Potty and the Fisher-Price Royal Potty Step Stool. At the time, I liked both potties quite a bit. But since then, we have disposed of the original Royal Potty after realizing that the shield didn't work that well and urine frequently leaked out onto the floor (note: this probably wouldn't be a problem with a girl).

In the last year, the Royal Potty Step Stool has worked well. Urine doesn't leak out of this version, and it's fairly easy to clean. You can also use it as a step stool for boys when they pee in the toilet while standing up. One caveat: we found that the fanfare function never worked right (and didn't make much difference to Alex) so we simply turned it off.

The second potty in our house now is the Safety 1st Comfy Cushy 3-in-1 Potty. My chief complaint about the Safety 1st potty is the lid that comes with it. It looks from the picture like they might have altered it a little so the lid is flatter, but the lid that came with the one we have has deep sides. A child can't lean back on it, and it nearly doubles the potty's footprint when it's up. Our solution to the problems created by the lid was simply to remove it. Removing the lid does eliminate the option of using the potty as a step stool, but we keep a small IKEA stool in our bathroom for Alex to stand on when he pees.

The Safety 1st stool has a rubber ring to sit on, which is fairly easy to clean and seems comfortable to sit on. However, the ring will discolor and crack if not thoroughly dried before being replaced on the potty. The potty bucket is easy to remove and clean.

Overall, the Fisher-Price Royal Potty Step Stool and Safety 1st Comfy Cushy 3-in-1 Potty have served our needs well. However, I can't help but wonder if we could have chosen better. If you have used a potty that you (and your child) absolutely loved, please let me know in the comments!



  • At 5/7/08, 7:56 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    We have the Safety-First Seat, and I agree with your thoughts about the's too big. I also find that the opening is small for my large toddler boy.

    Thanks for your other reviews. I'll be interested in what other seats your readers recommend.

  • At 5/8/08, 5:14 AM, Blogger Christina said…

    we have the baby bjorn potty chair. the small one, not the larger version. its pretty basic. my daughter can empty it herself and it is so easy to clean. i love it! it fits in our tiny bathroom, which we all share. and it fits in the van as well. i would highly recommend it bc of it simplicity and its only 10 bucks at babiesrus.

  • At 5/11/08, 3:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My girls loved the Baby Bjorn Little Potty. It is ergonomically-shaped, so it was comfortable to sit on for long periods of time. It was also small enough to tote wherever they/we wanted it.

    They graduated to the Baby Bjorn potty seat that sits on top of a regular toilet seat. It is also ergonomically-shaped, but the smaller hole means that your child will not fall through, so they stay comfortable on the grown-up potty. Accessed by the same Ikea step stool you mentioned.

    Incidentally (or not), both of my girls were out of diapers by age 2! It also helped two of my friends get their kids to potty-train in a relatively short time. Comfort, I think, is the key.

  • At 5/11/08, 9:05 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @Christina #1 - Hmm, I hadn't noticed the small opening being a problem, but Alex's is pretty average sized. My friend whose son is considerably bigger even though he is only three months older has switched to the kind of seat that Yune describes, which fits on top of the regular toilet. That might work better for your son?

    @Christina #2 and Yune - Thanks! That's two votes for the BBLP - I am going to have to look into that. The price is certainly right. Just to check - is it pretty easy to clean even though it doesn't have a removable bucket? Thanks!

  • At 5/12/08, 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    The Baby Bjorn Little Potty is small enough to rinse out in the bathroom sink for #1. For #2, I just dumped the contents into the toilet and then rinsed out the potty in the sink with the hottest tap water (120 degrees) and dish soap. Rinse and repeat, depending on, uhh, consistency. Ha, ha... Hope this helps.


  • At 5/12/08, 9:07 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    Thanks so much, Esther! Very helpful. Although I think I will follow the tip over at Parent Hacks and put toilet paper down before #2 ...


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