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Buyer's guide to potties

From novelty potties that play a tune when your child tinkles, to basic handy models you can take anywhere, to decorative versions that your child will end up using as a storytime chair, potties come in all shapes and sizes. Here are few things to bear in mind when shopping for one.

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For a good overview, read How to start potty training.

Potties – what to look for

  • Potties don’t have to be expensive. A piece of moulded plastic that is deliberately simple to make it easy to wipe clean, the most basic potties should just be a bowl with a small back and a short raised curve at the front to avoid any unexpected sprinkling incidents from little boys! You can buy a basic model for less than £5.
  • Something pretty. Your child’s potty may well become a significant presence around your home for the next few months – as a chair for reading, a ‘car’ to put teddy in etc, as well as for the purpose it was created for. For around £10 to £15 you can choose a simple bowl decorated with a theme like a popular cartoon character.
  • A little ‘throne’. For less than £20 you can buy a potty that has a raised body and a higher back to make it more like a chair. This can work for children who are a little self-conscious about what they are doing – on a chair the act may feel more normal.
  • Novelty ‘rewards’. There are some charming musical potties which play a tune when your child uses them. These cost around £20 to £30. Try brands like Fisher-Price.
  • Travel options. Simple potties are easy to carry with you on days out, but there are fold-up versions that either sit on the top of an adult toilet seat or can be stand-alone potties if needed.


Potties to check out

Beco Potty, £7.99  A simple, small potty which will last as long as you want it, but unlike most plastic potties, this one will biodegrade (in your garden!) once you no longer need it in a year or two. www.becothings.com   Beco Potty

Potette PLUS, £14.99  This is a fold-away travel potty and trainer which comes with disposable bags to catch the results. It can be used stand-alone or on top of an adult loo seat. Available from Mothercare and Bibs and Stuff. www.potette.com

  Potette Plus

My Carry Potty, £24.99  This is a new potty designed by a British mother, currently being rolled out in the US. It comes designed as a sturdy, smoothly moulded plastic potty that can be folded up like a little carry case. It has a handy leak-proof lid so that you and your child don’t have to worry about unwanted odours or spills. www.mycarrypotty.co.uk

  My Carry Potty
Hoppop Donut Potty, £20  If you like to have nursery goods that look as funky and cool as the rest of your designer home then go for this. A simple, curvaceous, sleek and chic potty in vibrant colours like lime or fuscia. Available from stores like Mothercare. www.hoppop.eu   Hoppop

Pourty Potty, £9.99  Good for boys because it has a high splash guard, this potty is also designed so you can easily pour any contents down the loo. www.pourty.com

  Pourty Potty
Summer Infant Step by Step Potty Training System, £24.99  With a lid, a side attachment for toilet paper and a space for wipes, this is a complete loo experience. www.summerinfant.co.uk   Summer Infant

Tippitoes Soft Seat Trainer, Potty and Step Stool, £19.99  Sleek and simple, this is a useful set that all folds neatly into itself so you can take it with you wherever you need to go. www.tippitoes.com


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