When one considers this complete panic and barrage of confusing information, it was a super convenient excuse that our second child didn't sleep at all as a baby. "We're too tired to deal with this" we told ourselves every time the topic came up for discussion. Then finally, the baby started to sleep and we were ready to face my daughter's upcoming 3rd birthday. We decided to our big parent pants on and just do it. We signed up for a class at a local parenting center (The Loved Child, for the local crew), we bought some gear, and we got down to business.
Potty seat for families with only one bathroom
- 1. Standalone kids' potty (for example).
- Pro - it's easy for the child to get on and off by themselves and it adds a 'second' bathroom for those times, especially in the beginning, when the child is having to go constantly.
- Con - you have to clean it and god forbid it gets knocked over.
- 2. Separate child's seat for toilet and a step stool (screw on version, removable version, folding step stool).
- Pro - I think the screw on option is awesome if you have a dedicated bathroom for your kid and the folding step stool is easily operated by the child.
- Con - If you only have one bathroom, as we do, having an extra ring on the seat seems like a pain as does having 2 removable parts.
- 3. Ring and step stool combination (Mommy's Helper is the one we have)
- Pro - It's one piece of equipment that's foldable and easily operated by the child. It can be stored folded when not in use, thus not interfering with adult bathroom use.
- Con - It's a larger item to store than a ring and stool. Also the kid can and will figure out how to bang the stool legs on the floor while sitting on the potty.
- That said, this is the set up we've been using for months and we've been quite happy with it.
And finally, as with all child related things, you may have found the perfect piece of equipment for you only to find it rejected by the child. Thus, the best potty set up is the one your kid is willing to use.