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A Good Training Potty for Boys

I would like to get a training potty for my son. He is still way too young but I'd like to have it sitting in the bathroom so he can see it and we can talk about it so he won't be so intimidatted when the time comes. There are a ton out there, and they all look great for little girls. I would appreciate some input from moms with little boys and which ones worked best with them. I'd just rather not have to purchase a bunch before I find a good one. I feel totally lost so thanks ahead!!!

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I just used a plain old training potty. It was a Wal-Mart special thing. It had a blue potty seat with a little white stool and catch cup or whatever you call that. You can keep it on the little stool sittin gon the floor and when he gets bigger use the stool for him to stand on to go pee and the seat to sit on on the potty for anything he needs. It worked great for my little one.

I have two boys and neither one of them like the potty chair thing. I bought one of those little seats that fit on the toilet. They have on I beleive Fisher price makes it and it has the plastic guard for boys. . I started at 15 month with bothe of mine and I liked it better they werent afraid of the toilet . Get him used to it by sitting him up there and all.

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I have two boys and neither one of them like the potty chair thing. I bought one of those little seats that fit on the toilet. They have on I beleive Fisher price makes it and it has the plastic guard for boys. . I started at 15 month with bothe of mine and I liked it better they werent afraid of the toilet . Get him used to it by sitting him up there and all.

Hi S. i just read your post. I donot have a boy but my friend was potty training her boy and i found a little urinal at wal-mart. Its called "peter potty flushing toddler urinal". He loved it. Look on their web site. Hope this helps.

Hi S.,
I know that this is not exactly what you are asking for, but I wanted to share my potty training experience with you. I have 3 boys, ages 10,9 and 7. The older two were not trained until age 3 1/2. My youngest was potty trained at 18 months. What was the difference? With my third I learned that there is a window of opportunity from about 16 to 20 months. If you miss that window, then most boys don't get potty trained until after age 3. I don't know why. The secret was not asking him if he needed to go potty. I spent a couple of days with him not wearing any pants or a diaper. Every time I thought of it, I would just stick him on the potty. If he sat there, great, if he got up, oh well. I never, ever asked if he needed to go. The answer will always be no. Eventually he went in the potty, and I praised him a lot, and then we went on with our day doing the same thing. He was truly potty trained in two days. Of course there were accidents, but that happens, and then you move on. I hope this will help you. As far as the best potty. I don't think it really matters much.
--H.
mom to 3 boys and one of unknown gender on the way

The best one for boys (or girls) that I found is the Choo Choo Potty. It's obviously shaped like a train, which my son is obsessed with, it makes a choo choo noise and talks, but the best thing about it is that the splash guard actually works! Every other potty we tried the splash guards were a complete joke! The only problem is that I couldn't find it anywhere except www.onestepahead.com and it was pretty pricey with shipping. I just tried to look it up and I don't see it on their website anymore. It's made by Kolcraft. You might be able to find one on Ebay. The other good thing about it is that when your child does #2 they can scoot forward and note make a mess on the back of the seat. With all the other potties and toilet inserts it never seemed like there was enough room in the back and then when he scooted forward the pee went everywhere- out the front of the toilet between the lid. It would help to tell him to point down, but at that age that's not always easy! Good luck! We went through several different ones!

Just get a plain old baby potty. Nothing fancy. I have a boring plain pink one for my daughter, we went out of town and needed one where we were, so I bought a "new and improved" model. This one plays music when they do the deed, the theory is it's a reward. Ours lost it's mind. If you were in the shower, the steam set it off, if there was a humidifier in the room, it went nuts, sometimes it just decided to sing just because it can. AHHHHHHHHH.... Poor Anna was so upset, she just refused to walk in the bathroom for a few days. After pulling the batteries, I discovered there is a small seat that fits on top of the grown up toilet. Anna loved that part, and now we use the $6 part instead of the $20 potty.

I just used a plain old training potty. It was a Wal-Mart special thing. It had a blue potty seat with a little white stool and catch cup or whatever you call that. You can keep it on the little stool sittin gon the floor and when he gets bigger use the stool for him to stand on to go pee and the seat to sit on on the potty for anything he needs. It worked great for my little one.

hi, S.!

i have a 28 month old little guy and we are using the baby bjorn potty insert (goes on the big potty) and we also have the baby bjorn stand alone potty, although he only likes to sit on that one with this clothing on, but will go potty in the big potty! we purchased all of it at amazon.com and got free shipping. the potty chairs come in a lot of different colors as well!

hope this helps!
-B.

p.s. we've never had any problem with pee-pee coming out from the front of the chair!

The one I got I think was a 3-stages chair. It was white with a soft blue padded cushion for my son to sit on and had a built in cup so pee wouldn't spray out when they sat down. He loved it and I only used it for about 3 weeks, then he was ready for the toilet. It also transferred to s seat that would sit on the toilet itself and the rest of the unit could be used as a stoll. It wasn't the cheapest training seat at Walmart, but I think it was around $20.00 at the most. This was used for my 2nd son...I didn't have a good experience with my first son - but that was 10 years ago and this was a way better seat to learn on. Good Luck.

For us it didn't really matter which one. I would recommend to get one that doesn't have a detachable pee guard. My son would pull it off and throw it in the pee. And they can scrape their little bottom on it when they go to sit down and won't want to go anymore.

Just finished potty training...after about a year of off and on trying. There is a dvd that I got from the Mesa library called "It's Potty Time" (really goofy...it's this little boys birthday and there is a clown involved and a guy who looks like Al Roker...and just awful songs) but Charlie LOVED it. Huggies also just put out a dvd for potty training that I got for free in the mail. If you can't get a copy, you are welcome to have mine. Just e-mail me. This one also helped and encouraged parents to be consistant with training...oh, and to buy huggies brand diapers:) Best of luck to you. A.

We also introduced the potty really early to our son. We got the Baby Bjorn potty chair...I think I found it at Babies R Us. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it worked really well for us. We also purchased the DVD Once Upon a Potty for Boys, and he started watching that while sitting on the potty. He practically potty trained himself by 2 1/2. It took very little effort on our part. I think a lot had to do with introducing it early.

Hi! I am also going to reccommend the baby bjorn potty. The first years one we tried frist was way to little. My son would sit down and at the edge and so nothing would go into the potty. We love the baby bjorn one. I got it online because I couldn't find anywhere to buy one around here. Good luck, M.

Here is a link to the potty we swear by!! We did not have it with our first boy and when he would stand up he would scrape his little boy parts on the detachable "lip" of the other potties (you know the one you attach for boys or take off for girls.
This potty is one simple molded piece. So it cleans up nicely and there are no parts for them to get hung up on.
Letting boys run around outside naked also works great if you have a place where you can do that. That way they can see what is happening and all the sensations that go along with it.
HOpe this helps. Good luck.

http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Bjorn-050005US-BabyBj%C3%B6rn-...

Hi S.,

I am sure you are sick of advice now, but I just thought I would give my two cents. I never bought one of those kid potties. I would just sit my boys on the toilet facing backwards (face facing the back of the toilet)and have them lean forward so there is pointing down on it's own. That way the pee wouldn't go anywere and it was easier for them to balance themselves while sitting. No mess that is what I liked!!! Easier for everyone. Good luck.

Hi S.,
The problem I had with the potty I had for my son, is that the "cup" (not sure what it would be called) that needed to be emptied after being used was a pull out from the front. I had to clean the mess everytime due to the fact that his pee would shoot right out the crack. I would suggest any potty that has a drop in "cup". You are going to have messes until he learns to push it down while going, but once he gets the hang of it, things will get easier! (I am assuming that you will teach him to sit first, if not then I don't think it really matters which one you get!) The one I had problems with I think was called "The Musical Toilet" or something like "The Royal something". It's been a couple of years but I see it on the shelfs still. Good luch I hope I was some kind of help.

The babybjorn potty chair is the best! The bowl comes out for easy rinsing, and the design is simple and functional. It worked great for my son who just turned four and potty trained about a year ago.
www.target.com/Baby-Bjorn-BABYBJ%C3%96RN-Potty-Chair

we also have a potty seat that goes onto the big potty that my son uses now he is a little older.

I haven't had the greatest luck with training potties. I had 2, but both of them leaked when my sons used them. That can get really old, really fast. With both of my boys, I started off with them, but got so fed up. I ended up putting my kids on the regular toilet to use the restroom. I always put them on backwards facing the tank. I see that is what someone else who responded did too. Some people might think it strange, but that is the way they will face when standing up to pee. Also, many small kids feel unsafe sitting on the big toilet because they feel like they will fall in. There is no chance of that sitting the way I had my boys sit. My youngest, deciding to do it by himself, now stands up like a big boy to pee (obviously my 8 year old does too). It wasn't confusing to him at all. Also, if you use a potty chair and go over to someone's house without one, they are intimidated by the big toilet and you will probably have to use diapers constantly. One thing that is fun for them to do is to put a couple cheerios or fruit loops in the water as aiming targets. Then you can just flush them down! Well, I hope you find something that works well for you. Good luck potty training!

S.,

I don't have a suggestion for a potty seat. I have 3 girls and 1 boy...I used a red unisex potty chair for my first child, but didn't bother with the rest. Just a little stool so my son could aim into the toilet instead of on it :)....which happened anyway! LOL
Mostly, It's great that you are thinking ahead and want to get your son used to a potty....however, unless you have a reason that he has to use the potty by a certain age...really, don't worry so much about it right now. He is only one year old...and from my experience, not just with my own son, but other boys I know as well, boys tend to learn to use the potty later than girls. So don't be surprised if he's just not interested or uses it every time until age
3-3&1/2! (It WILL go by fast!) When he gets older and actually is interested in it, just have him go in with your husband so he can see how boys do it. This is potty LEARNING- not potty TRAINING. We are not in charge of our children's bodies, except to help keep them as safe as possible...but rather, they are in charge of their own bodies. When we encourage our children to be in charge of thier own bodies, they learn how to understand thier own instincts better, have better self control, and higher self respect and esteem.

Much good energy for joy and peace,
A.
mom of 4, Birth and Parenting Mentor
www.birthingfromwithin.com

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