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
READERS’ CHOICE | Fisher-Price Cheer for Me! Potty
If your child needs a little (or a lot of) celebratory encouragement, and stickers just aren’t cutting it, you might be tempted to try something over the top. A little obnoxious, even. And that’s where we think the Fisher-Price Cheer For Me! Potty comes in. We wanted to hate this potty, with its smiling cartoon face, chrome flusher, and encouraging music. Really, we did. Yet it unfortunately does get toddlers psyched for potty time.
However, there’s a very real possibility of blurring the line between potty and toy – not only because of the music, but also because the potty is incredibly easy (and tempting) for toddlers to take apart. Plus, having such an obvious toilet paper dispenser is just begging for kids to start unrolling and shredding. Moreover, we wish that the splashguard were a little wider for boys, although it’s a good option for those who stand to pee.
What we did like, however, is that the toilet seat can be removed and easily snapped into the big toilet, making it a seamless transition. And you might be tempted to make that transition sooner if only to make the thing stop singing! Especially since it likes to play at random times, like at 3 a.m. when the house is sleeping.
Get it from Amazon, $30.13