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I started potty training DD quite early, about 16 months, because she was very ready. She would tell me when she needed to go to the toilet, and detested being in a soiled nappy. I started off with a normal pink potty from Boots, and she became comfortable with that being around and would sit on it, play with it etc. However she started to hate it and absolutely refused to do anything on it, and eventually refused to sit on it at all. My best friend's daughter is a few weeks older and she recommended the Fisher Price Royal Potty, as it is a bit like a chair (and my daughter loves her Fisher Price learning chair) and it plays music as a reward. So off I went and purchased the potty in the pink version from Toys R Us, at £27.99. It is not cheap, but it seems to be a good idea. The potty comes in pink or blue and green like the picture, and £27.99 seems to be a good price for it, as elsewhere I have seen it for over £30. Assembling the potty is a bit fiddly, it takes a good few minutes to get the legs on and get it all together, but it isn't difficult, just fiddly. The chair is quite sturdy, much sturdier than it looks. The good thing is that when you are ready to start using the toilet, the legs of the potty chair come off and you can use it as a trainer seat on a normal toilet. I wish I'd have thought of this before buying a trainer seat but never mind! One thing that always irritated me is that the traditional potty is quite uncomfortable, plastic and cold. It doesn't look particularly appealing. The Fisher Price royal potty is the opposite - it is shaped like a throne and is very colourful, it looks like a chair and is very eye catching and appealing to infants. The potty has a removable cup, so when the child wees in the potty, you only have to take the cup out to wash - and you literally just pick it up out of the chair, simple. It means you're not carrying the whole chair to the sink and cleaning is very simple. There is a splashguard at the front which is removable and designed to protect any splashes from the front. The chair plays a royal tune if the child sits on the potty, and a royal fanfare if they use the potty. It requires 2 x AA batteries (not supplied) and there are 4 different tunes. The other handy feature is a hinged lid, which when closed, turns the potty into a step stool. This was a huge hit with my daughter, she learned pretty quickly that to hear the tune she needed to sit on the potty (much the same as her fisher price learning chair) which encouraged her to keep sitting on it. She did manage to wee on it once, and when she heard the fanfare it did alarm her at first, but once she realised that if she did a wee she'd hear this fanfare, she kept telling me she needed to wee just so she could try! There are 2 downsides to the potty in my opinion - the first being that the batteries do not last that long and need replacing probably after a few weeks. The other downside is that it is quite bulky so not easy to travel with, and if your child will only use that potty (as my daughter does) then it is a pain to take it with you! We tend to sit it on the back seat of our car when we visit relatives as she really will not use anything else, but if you wanted to take it with you everywhere it's probably too bulky! All in all, this definitely encourages the child to at least sit on the potty, which is a good start! It does encourage the child to actually use it, but only once they have actually worked out that using it will make it play a fanfare! Very expensive for a potty, but well worth it! MAY ALSO APPEAR ON CIAO UNDER MY USERNAME PINKPRINCESS244
I bought my son a royal potty from Argos after visiting a friend when he was one year old and Although I considered him to be to young to consider potty training I did want him to have a potty around so that it was a familiar item. What is the Royal Potty? It is a potty that appears to be more comfortable than a normal potty as it is shaped liked a throne with arms and a back. It also has a splash protector at the front designed for little boys more than girls. It also has an additional function that is a fanfare sound when the child passes urine that is activated by the sensor. It is made with plastic that is easy to wipe. It also came with a sticker reward chart My experience When I first bought the potty we were living in temporary accommodation so I had to keep it in our room. This was where he was changed. I decided to sit him on it each time and ask him if he had a wee in his tinky. He astonished me that despite been only one year old, the majority of times he did wee. I did find that the batteries did seem to run down quite quickly and I had to remove them as it kept going off intermittently and this was not helpful in the room I was sharing with my son. It takes 3 AA batteries which are not included when you purchase. One of the really positive aspects of this potty is that there is a pan that slides out of the bottom so is easier to empty than the average potty This continued for a few weeks until we moved to our house then he did regress as little and stopped using the potty. For this reason I left the potty around but didn't bother until he was a little older. As he continued to show no interest at all I bought a car potty that he desperately wanted from a charity shop. This sparked his interest again so we now have the car potty downstairs and the Royal potty upstairs. He is happy to use either potty and each time he has a wee or bowel movement he tips it in the toilet and we flush the toile and wave bye bye. He does find the royal potty as easy to empty but does empty both with equal enthusiasm if not accuracy. I have found as my son is older that the fanfare is not necessarily a rewards as he has figured that if he puts his hands in then he can activate it without weeing so no longer replace the battery. He also continually removes the guard on the front but I figure that it is inbred that any male has no desire to his the target anyway. The other difficulty that I am aware of with this potty is that is quite bulky when you reach the point that you need to carry a potty with you. My son is now dry at home when he has no nappy on but he next needs to learn to manage to remember to use the potty when he is wearing pants .He will happily use either potty so did I need to spend this much money probably not however he likes it so that is that the most important aspect. The legs are also removable so that it can be used as a toilet seat as well but have not attempted this. Overall this is a comfortable potty that can be an extra encouragement but it would not be my first choice of potty if I was in the same position but there are some advantages over traditional potties. I would certainly suggest that anyone who has a child who hasn't taken to a traditional potty give this one a try. This potty is currently available at Amazon for £17.97 with free delivery.
When we first set about the process of potty training we purchased pottys from Ikea for around £1.50, naively assuming that all pottys are pretty much the same and do the same job. After several unsuccesful attempts at potty training, our sons were still reluctant to sit on the Ikea potty and we decided a little more encouragement was needed. After looking around to see what other pottys were available on the market, we decided to buy the Fisher Price Royal Potty. This is a larger-than average potty in the shape of a throne. It is a two-stage system so when you want to move on from the potty to using the toilet, the legs come off and it acts as a toilet seat, making your toddler feel more secure on the big toilet. This potty had several advantages over our no frills pottys- the first being that it is higher off the ground, and has a back and arms so that it looks much more comfortable to use. The potty is bulky compared to a traditional potty, however it has a pot which slides out from underneath for easy emptying and cleaning (you don't have to put the whole thing under the tap). The potty also has a handy guard at the front, which is removable, but very handy to protect against anything spraying out of the front. By far the most exciting feature of this potty for your average two year old is the fact that it will play you a royal fanfare. Sensors mean that your child is rewarded with a tune for sitting on the potty, and if they use the potty they get a full blown fanfare. This novelty feature was a real hit in our house for the first week or so that we owned the potty, and I think it really did encourage its use. The musical feature did not last long however- the sensor started to play up after a few weeks of use so that the fanfare stopped, and the potty would sit on its own in the bathroom repeatedly playing the tune that it should make when someone sits down on it. This began to get really annoying until finally the batteries ran out! The fanfare did last long enough to encourage the use of the potty though, so it was a handy feature. The purchase of this potty coincided with success on the potty training front in our house, so I would recommend this product. I think this was partly due to the novelty fanfare, but more to do with the fact that this potty is much more comfortable to use than a more traditional potty. We purchased this potty from Kiddicare, where it is available for just under £18. When you compare this to the £1.50 we paid for our original basic style potty it is obviously an expensive potty. Other down sides to this potty would be the fact that the fanfare feature did not last long, and finally the fact that it is bulky- if your child becomes attached to this potty and will not use anything else (as was the case in our household for a while) it is a very large potty to carry around with you! Overall, this is a nice novelty potty which can engage a toddlers interest in potty training, however it is relatively expensive, and not without its faults.
When potty training our youngest daughter we first went out and bought a small traditional potty from Mothercare for around £5. After trying to train her I began to realise that she found the potty uncomfortable as it was hard and also she looked really uncomfortable when she was crouching down to go. We also tried her with a seat on the toilet which she didn't like, due to the fact it would move easily when she sat on it. We decided to go potty hunting to see what we could get. We decided on the fisher price royal potty, we paid £25 for it on the high street but you can get it cheaper on the internet. It is Royal blue and green so unisex and is basically a chair with a back and a removable pot - this also has a raised front so if you have boys is really useful. It is also really sturdy so there is no chance of it toppling - it also has rubber feet for added grip. It basically works by rewarding the child with music when they sit down and then an elaborate Royal tune when they go (you need 3 AA batteries for the music) my daughter she enjoyed the music, however I do think the fact that the chair was comfortable and that she could sit on there, while she was getting used to it all helped. When they are ready to progress to the normal toilet the legs can be removed and it fits to the seat - still playing the music if necessary. £25 seems a lot to pay for a potty but we wished that we had bought this one first, the more you speak to parents the more you realise that they have had the same problems and bought a similar potty to this. £25 will soon be saved on nappies not being bought.
I'll be honest - I own two of these, but have never used either myself :) Got the first one for my son when we started potty training when he was about 2. When it started in earnest, we picked another up as it was much easier to keep one in the car for 'out and about' trips, gran's house etc. We were initially drawn to the Royal Potty because of the shape of it. It's throne like, but without the frilly embellishments that make many similar items seem girly. This would be suitable for a girl or boy, but is especially good for boys because there is a detachable green section at the front to prevent anything sprouting out over the top. We've tried a few other potties, and this was by far the best for keeping all liquids pointing firmly downwards. This potty has good sturdy legs which don't wobble or slide around. I've seen others which aren't as secure, but this one is quite solid. The little arms are a nice touch as well, and may help some children feel secure in the seat, and less likely to fall off the edge. There's no lid, which is a disadvantage as you can't just shut it over to keep the stench inside if you can't empty it immediately for any reason! But it's also a good thing as it's one less thing for the child to forget to do, thereby preventing 'cling-film toilet rim' type incidents. Underneath the white seat, there is a removeable green bowl which slides in and out like a drawer. Handy, as you just need to pull it out and take it to the loo to dispose of the contents without having to take the entire potty, but it can sometimes stick on the runners slightly, causing a little bit of a jerk as you pull it out. On any other item, you probably wouldn't notice, however if there's rather a lot of sloppy mess inside the bowl, that little judder can be enough to cause a bit of a splash...and when junior tries to be helpful and empty it himself...say no more! The bowl is a good enough size (sorry, TMI alert here...) for holding two or three wees and a poo or two, but when my son was out of nappies at night but still not using the bathroom toilet, we kept the potty in his room. On a couple of occasions, we would return in the morning to find it very close to overflowing, and the annoying little catch on the slider when you pull it out meant that we used rather a lot of anti-bacterial spray on the floor during those months. I'm sure this could be avoided, and we ended up standing it on a plastic sheet just in case, but it's worth thinking about if you've got a child who produces more than the average amount. One of the main features of the Royal Potty is that it plays a little tune to reward the child every time they 'do' something. I can't really say too much about the merits of this feature as we removed the batteries after the first week. For some reason, our potty would just play the little ditty at random throughout the day and night, and didn't always respond to something being dropped into the bowl. If my littl'un was fidgeting around while sitting on the potty waiting for something to happen, the movement would also set if off which defeated the object of the supposed 'reward', so we decided against this altogether. To be honest, I think it's a bit of a gimmick. Perhaps some children would be pleased to have a tune played for them every time they used the toilet, but for most the novelty would wear off quite quickly, and it may even get a bit annoying. Certainly for their parents! The main drawback of the potty is that the rear of the seat-hole doesn't extend quite far enough back. My son has fairly average toilet habits, but every time he did a Number 2, it managed to smear itself all over the back of the bowl. To make this worse, there's a little ridged sensor for the tune-playing device, which is right in the firing line! This needs cleaning often (almost ever poo) as it gets very dirty, and unlike the smooth seat, the little ridges do trap mess and make it much more difficult to keep clean. The potty is lightweight and sits quite well on the seat of a car (handy if you're out and about and have an awkward child who won't use public toilets!). The models I have are identical to that shown in this picture, except that where there's a large sticker on the back, mine are hollow so there's a handle for carrying it about. I'm not sure what they've replaced it with, but it would be far more difficult to carry without the handle. In the box, you also get a reward chart and some stickers - again a bit of a gimmick, but maybe handy for some people. We never used it. All in all, I still think it's the best that was available in this price range (I paid about £20 each for them in Argos) but there are a few drawbacks that prevent it from being absolutely perfect. If you're really efficient then it's probably ideal, but if you think there's any chance that it might overflow, or the cleaning of the sensor on the back will annoy you, then forget it!
Two-step system plays royal tunes as a reward! Two-stage musical reward system.