So, you've got them on the pot but it's time to move to the big toilet. We round up what to look for in toilet training seats and our best buys
Getting your child from a potty on the floor to the giddy heights of the grown-ups’ toilet seat can be a bit of a challenge. Even if they’ve now made the break from nappies to potty, the next step may need encouragement from you. This is where a well-fitted toilet trainer seat can help bridge the gap – literally! Here are some tips on what to look for when buying a trainer seat for your toilet-ready tot.
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Most children take the move to the big toilet in their stride but some are a little more apprehensive. If you think your child finds the idea at all daunting, opt for a toilet training seat that offers a greater sense of security. Moulded seats can help give this sort of confidence or, if your little one wants something to hold on to, then choose one with handles.
We recommend: The Moulded Toilet Trainer from Tippitoes, price £14.99.
While it makes sense to start with an encouraging seat that is designed with comfort and security in mind, if you've got several young children you might want to consider investing in a family toilet seat.
We recommend: Family Toilet Seat from John Lewis, price £39.00. Available in beech or white.
As with choosing a potty, sometimes you've just got to tap into your little ones psyche! Whether Thomas the Tank Engine floats their boat, or Peppa Pig perks them up no end, then look out for colourful, appealing toilet trainer seats decorated with their favourite characters to encourage them to use the loo.
We recommend: Comfi Trainer Seat from Mothercare, priced £16.99.
This seat comes in a variety of character designs including Thomas the Tank Engine, Peppa Pig and Mickey Mouse. It has a soft padded seat for maximum comfort and side handles for that added security and support. The padding makes it warm so it's also a good choice for children who don't like the cold feel of a plastic toilet seat.
A wobbly seat that moves and rattles is going to make your child feel nervous and insecure when they first make the move to the bit toilet. That's why it's important to find one that fits well and stays put.
We recommend: BabyBjorn Toilet Trainer, price £28.99
This product only needs to be adjusted once in order to securely fit your toilet seat. After that your child can simply put it on and remove it herself. Its soft lines make it a comfy place to sit while ensuring that your child is correctly seated.
The day you pack your first baby changing bag, is the day you realise that there?ll be no more dashing out the door with just your bag and your lippy! But if you were hoping that the move to the big toilet would mean you could start travelling a bit lighter?no such luck! Many children will refuse to use a regular toilet when out and about so you may not be packing the kitchen sink, you will be lugging the loo seat with you! But where there?s a problem there?s often a clever solution?
We recommend: The Cushie Traveller Toilet Trainer Seat from JoJo Maman Bebe, priced £14.00.
This fold up trainer seat comes in its own washable carry bag. It?s nicely padded so no pinched botties and provides the comfort and familiarity of the seat your toddler uses at home.
So your child is now toilet trained and will happily pop off to the toilet when the need takes them. They are also becoming fiercely independent and don't want to be lifted up and plonked down on the toilet by you. What they need is a step up stool so that they can get onto the toilet unaided and then reach up to the basin to wash their hands. Make sure you have something with a rubber bottom so that it doesn't slip on a wet tiled floor.
We recommend: Baby Bjorn Safe Step, priced £17.99
With little boys it may be wise to choose a trainer seat with a high splash guard.
We recommend: Disney/Pixar Cars Rev and Go Sounds Potty Trainer from The First Years from Tomy's, priced £20.99.
What little lad could ignore the need to pee when waiting for him in the bathroom is a trainer seat that really does put him in the driving seat. With its Cars design and fun sounds it's got everything a little boy could want from a trainer seat, plus the added bonus of a high splash guard meaning less mess for mum.