So, you’ve got to the stage where you need to potty train your toddler, and like most of us, you’re probably unsure of where to start. While every child reaches this point at different stages (some take a few days while others take a few weeks), the right potty is essential.
We asked Grace Tindall, founder of Scandiborn, for her best advice on choosing a potty. “Potty training can be a stressful experience for some but having the right kind of potty for your child will mean toilet training can be a breeze,” she says. “There are really three types of potties: a simple potty, one with a removable bowl, or a travel potty”.
Grace also advises asking yourself a few questions such as do you want a potty that is easy to clean? If so, choose a potty with a removable bowl, or if you want one that’s fun but fits in with your home decoration, go for a simple potty. Always on the move? You’ll need a travel potty that is lightweight and easy to take out with you.
“Having the right potty can make the whole experience go smoothly,” Grace continues. “When potty training has been mastered, transition to a toilet trainer which provides a sense of comfort and security, and much needed when a toddler first starts using an adult toilet”.
How we tested
We tested a range of potties to suit different stages including those that can be folded away in the bottom of the pram, and those that feature removable seats to go on top of the main toilet. We’ve even found biodegradable options for toilet emergencies in the wilderness. Rest assured, there’s no potty-training situation we haven’t thought of.
The best potties for 2021 are:
- Best overall – Bumbo step and potty: £49.98, Scandiborn.co.uk
- Best for encouraging potty training – My Carry Potty: £21.95, Direct4baby.co.uk
- Best for days out – Pottiagogo potty: £14.99, Direct4baby.co.uk
- Best design – Scandiborn liewood Jonathan potty: £29.95, Scandiborn.co.uk
- Best for long walks and outdoor events – Hippychick tron disposable potty: £8.50 for a pack of three, Hippychick.com
- Best for making potty training fun – Nuby my real potty: £29.99, Boots.com
- Best for every eventuality – Potette max 3-in-1 portable folding travel potty and toilet trainer seat: £24.95, Direct4baby.co.uk
- Best for price and value – Fisher-Price 3-in-1 potty: £24.94, Amazon.co.uk