Find the best potties for you and your child to get potty training off to the best start, from a £2 potty that does the job to a leak-proof portable potty
From a toddler-sized toilet replica to a hassle-free travel option, when it’s time to potty train your toddler, every mum wants to make the transition as easily as possible and find the best potty for the job.
Once you’ve done all your potty-training prep and you feel that your little one is ready to make the leap out of nappies, you need to decide which will be the best potty for you? As with all things baby-related, there are so many products out there designed to lure little bottoms onto seats, so it can be tough to figure out which really is the best one for you.
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What if your little one skips the potty stage? Will a musical toilet make everything easier, or distract? What will you use when you’re out and about? Even once you’re almost there with potty training, it’s important to make the right choices when you’re leaving the house.
Life happens and you have to go out! What happens then? Do you take the potty with you? What if you can’t find a toilet in time and they’re desperate to go? Are you going to be on your hands and knees, mopping up their wee in the aisles of Asda? So we’ve found the best travel potties too, so you don’t get caught out.
Choosing the right potty is all about finding the one that works for you and your toddler; one that’s appealing AND comfortable, easy to clean and affordable.
Some of the more expensive potties will actually grow with you and turn into a step or a child’s toilet seat that fits onto your toilet. Some are very basic, and that’s all you need – especially if it’s little more than a fiver. Others are just out-and-out fun and are guaranteed to keep your easily distracted toddler coming back for more (and hopefully learning as they go).
Intrigued? Have a browse through our edit of the best potties…
Want a potty that's fun and functional? This one from Fisher-Price is just that. The friendly colour and duck face encourages little ones to take a seat, while the removable insert helps parents and carers to clean up after. It also has easy-grasp handles for toddlers and a splash guard, so perfect for boys.
This understated potty is great if you don't want to make a song and dance of the occasion. Its stripped back and minimalist design will fit comfortably into any home so well, you won't even notice it's there. It comes with a comfy seat, non-slip base, splash shield and easy to remove bowl for an easy clean though, so it's still reliable and practical.
For those looking to give their children a experience much like the real thing, this potty is a good place to start! It has a attachment for toilet paper and a built-in lid, which helps parents to teach good hygiene habits from the word go. But a soft, contoured (and colourful) seat will provide cushioning for your child and make them feel comfortable during the experience.
Rated 5-stars by almost 500 people on Argos, this potty chair is a no fuss approach to training. It's easy to use and easy to empty as one buyer said, "Value is more than the price." If you're looking for a basic, serves its purpose, practical potty then this one might be for you.
This award-winning design must have been the brainchild of a frustrated parent! The clever design of the Pourty Potty incorporates a pouring duct and anti-drip lip, making it so easy to get rid of the potty contents. There's no spillage and no need to pull out an inner bucket. It's also got a wide flat seat, which is comfortable to sit on and helps limit the red ring that children can get around their bottom when they have been sitting on the potty for a long time. The Pourty Potty comes in four different colours.
This potty has three uses in one - it's a sit down potty, and also turns in to a potty seat for when your little one is ready to sit on the big toilet. Then, the main bulk of the potty can be used as a step to help your child up on to the big girl's or boy's toilet. For £26, it's a great way to account for all stages of the potty training process!
With its no frills, no spills approach, the Baby Bjorn Potty Chair certainly delivers on comfort and practicality - plus, it's very chic. The back and arm rests mean that your little one won't decide he's uncomfortable before the job is done, while the splashguard helps prevent against any misdirection - always a good thing with little boys. There's a rubber strip on the bottom which stops the potty skidding around (and tipping over), while the inner potty is easy to lift out, empty and clean. This is a robust, thoughtfully designed potty chair, which should also appeal to green-minded mums as it's made from it is made of recyclable, PVC-free plastic.
This Boots potty is simple but oh-so-sweet. It's a brilliantly affordable option at just £4.99, but perfect for toilet training, being lightweight and compact - perfect for travel!
This simple potty does the job, it's easy to clean and even has non-slip material on the underside so that it stays right where you want it - and it's only £2! Yes, for less than the price of a coffee you can buy a spare potty to keep somewhere that your toddler visits regularly, such as their grandparents' house. It's one less thing you need to plan for and for that kind of money, you can't go wrong.
This interactive potty provides lots of fun features designed to reward each successful milestone on the journey towards becoming potty trained. There's a sticker dispenser at the side so that your child can be rewarded for his efforts, as well as musical greetings and rewarding sounds to provide extra encouragement. The potty also has a removable trainer seat that fits most adult toilets.
A seat to be used on top of your toilet for when your child is that little bit older, this John Lewis option is padded, for extra comfort for your little one. There are also some helpful handles for extra grip, and it's easy to clean and remove for one someone a bit bigger wants to use the toilet!
This incredibly slick potty would fit right in in a modern home, with a stylish neutral taupe or white colour! But practically, it's also handy, being lightweight and portable with a removable bowl for easing cleaning. It also features a raised splashguard at the front to minimise mess.
Now this is a potty your kid will want to use! With 83% five-star reviews, it's highly rated on Amazon. The potty transforms into a carry case for travel, so your little one can take it on holiday, to school, or to their grandparents. There are more fun designs too, including a bee and a penguin.
A seriously convincing replica of a toilet, in toddler size! One to keep in the bathroom and ensure a confident transition from one to the other. It's not the cheapest, but also isn't too expensive, and it really does look and feel the part. The toilet handle has a realistic flush sound and there's a built-in wipes compartment to encourage good habits. It has a removable bowl and a clip-on splash guard for boys.
This handy travel potty is a best-seller on John Lewis & Partners, with plenty of glowing reviews explaining that it's great for potty training. One customer wrote, "This travel potty has been so helpful during potty training," while another said, "Great little potty when you are out and about, easily collapsible and easily converted to use the “big toilet"