Babble Best Picks: Training PottiesWhen the time comes to potty train - whether that's at 12 months or 3 years - there are dozens and dozens of potty seats to choose from. And while we wish we could tell you what the unequivocal best is, a lot has to do with your child's age, your personal preference, and simple trial and error. Some toddlers prefer the security of a tiny potty seat, while others will step up to the big toilet from the get-go. Some parents don't mind cleaning out a plastic potty, while others gag at the mere thought. That said, we did find top contenders in various categories, whether your main concern is price, aesthetics, or overall performance. Read through to find our favorite potty seats on the market - and don't forget to check out close runners-up in our Readers' Choice section. Don't see your favorite on the list? Nominate your favorite training potty here. - Michelle Horton
BEST LOOKING | Boon Potty Bench
Unlike other teeny, tiny, round potties, the Boon bench is roomier for kids to sit on (perfect for bigger-than-average toddlers) and includes two side compartments – one for toilet paper, and another for books, undies, wipes, etc. Not only is the unique design convenient, but it adds a level of intrigue and excitement for little learners. And then when the potty isn’t in use? Flip down the top and, voila, you have yourself a step stool. Brilliant or what? Sturdy, attractive, and comfortable, it just might be the next best thing to the actual toilet.
While we’ve established that this is the best looking, most multi-functional potty seat out there, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. We’ve heard some grumblings about the small, flexible splashguard (designed to thwart urine from spraying all over the floor), and we agree that there’s a bit of a learning curve for boys. But as long as your son can direct the flow downward, there shouldn’t be a problem. Also keep in mind that the potty opening is smaller than most potty seats, although we haven’t had any problems yet.
And as for cleaning, there are more parts to wipe down and sanitize when compared to potties like the IKEA LÄTTSAM, but we actually found the pullout drawer to be easier than lifting and dumping an entire seat. In fact, this is my son’s favorite potty to use on a daily basis.
Plus, if your child isn’t comfortable with the Boon Potty Bench, you can always use it as a step stool.
Get it from Amazon, $29.99