Way back in the day when Tween was being potty-trained, I found this book called something like Potty-Train Your Child in Half-a-Day or something. I heard rave reviews from a few friends and decided to try it out. I followed the directions in the book almost to a T. I can’t say I followed them all because the author recommended having the child dump the potty seat contents into the potty herself, and I just foresaw that being a complete and TOTAL mess. At any rate, Tween didn’t like the potty seat; our half-a-day turned into a full day because she did not want to use the potty seat. I didn’t much blame her; it looked uncomfortable and the plastic kind of buckled when she sat on it – and she was a little bitty two year old.
Enter Big Boy on the potty-training scene, and I have to admit that I didn’t really have to do much to train him; he was a daycare kid, and we had a really great day care. They did the work for us.
MES, on the other hand, was a completely different child. She wanted to use the baby potty, but every time she used it, I noticed she would get up and she would have marks from where she sat on the potty seat. I also didn’t like that the flip-up lid would be right at her back and she had very little support if she needed to lean back. The hole was also very tiny and she never could get her pee or poo directly in the hole. It was kind of icky. She still LOVES her potty seat. I, of course, hid it because it takes up a ton of space in the bathroom – which we do have now that we have moved, and two, it’s just messy to empty that square potty seat into the toilet each time and it is so bulky to rinse out in the sink.
A few weeks ago, we received the Pourty Potty in the mail. This thing is genious! I can actually use the book for potty training to a T. I had MES test drive it – she is only four. It worked like a charm! She was comfortable, and the plastic was sturdy enough to hold her; it was easy to clean too!
You can pour the poo and pee through the duct out of the back of the Pourty potty away from where your toddler sits or touches with no messy dribbles. Simply clean by refilling the Pourty potty with water and dumping it out of the back of the potty again. The Pourty is a one piece potty which makes it easy to clean and more hygienic as there are no little nooks and crannies where germs can fester.
The Pourty potty is slightly higher than most one piece potties and has a large and wide seating area which is comfortable to sit on for boys and girls. With some potties the narrow seating area can be uncomfortable and leave a red ring around your child’s tush when they stand up.
The two sides of the back rest of the Pourty potty offer ample support to your child if they do lean back and are shaped for maximum comfort. The Pourty potty’s splash guard is higher than on a lot of potties to help prevent any unwanted spillage, especially when boys are using the potty.
The Pourty potty is made out of a sturdier plastic than most normal potties. This helps give the child confidence when sitting on the potty and also means that there is less risk that the potty will stick to their tush when they stand up (which can have unfortunate and messy consequences).
The funny thing is that although Clara has a couple of years before she gets to try emptying the Pourty Potty herself, I have found Big Boy, who is seven years old, sitting on the Pourty Potty at the table and coloring. Can a potty REALLY be that comfortable or is Big Boy just practicing for the days when he can take a sports magazine in the bathroom and just hang out?
|Lauralee Saad loves homeschooling her three kiddos: Ballerina, age 8, Big Boy, age 6, and MESS, age 3. She enjoys sewing when she can find a spare corner to set up her machine and dig out fabrics, cooking and baking – especially if the kiddos are helping, and enjoying a good book after the kiddos have gone to bed. She is thrilled to have welcomed a baby girl into the family on March 23, 2012.|
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