Which is better for potty training in your opinion?

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Okay we've got DD her own potty that sits beside mommy's big potty with her favorite character on it. Today while we were in intermission for the Dora Live show my friend, who came with us, was asking me how potty training was going. I told him that since she's only 22 months I'm not pushing it but she has her own potty that she sits on. He laughed a small laugh and suggested that I buy one that goes on my potty. When I said it converts for make her more comfortable on the big potty when she's ready he said I should just say screw the small potty and put it on the big potty. That way I can use the bottom of the small potty as a step stool for her to wash her hands......soooo. He got me curious to see which one you guys think is better for potty training. I know I know.....to each their own but I'm just curious to your train of thoughts on this.



Their own little potty vs a seat that sits on the big potty........hmmmmmm.

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Sherri - posted on 09/07/2011

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I do not like small potty's they need to learn how to use the big potty's eventually why not teach them how to from day one. Also who in their right mind wants to clean one of those things. Yuck!!!

I have potty trained 15+ kids and have only ever used the adult potty. We have Never had a problem.

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All of my kids used the toilet with a seat to make it suitable for them, however, I've been nanny to children that use a potty, and my grand daughter now prefers the toilet. It's pretty much a case of mother's choice. It certainly is easier on the toilet provided the child has a stool to rest its feet on so he/she can use his/her bowels properly, but some children are frightened of being so high off the ground and prefer a potty. If a potty is preferred then care should be taken that it is very stable and that there is no danger of it tipping the child onto the ground, the one you have sounds as if it is one of the more stable ones. You can't expect a child to use the potty if he/she is battling to keep upright after all. It's more a case of letting friends have their say and doing what suits you and your child, there will always be people expressing other views, no matter what you are doing. God bless.

Yolanda - posted on 08/16/2009

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My son was scared of the little potty, But liked sitting on the big potty like a big boy. Now I have a 2 year old daughter who don't really care where she sits... she just won't go on any potty. Mess wise the little potty is a pain. But I am not as worried about her falling of by wiggling to much.

Patty - posted on 08/16/2009

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Hi..I had a boy and a girl. Just before my daughter turned three I told her a magical thing was going to happen! You would go potty on the big potty and sleep in your own bed all night and you wouldn't need those silly baba that my mom kept sneaking her. The big potty with the small attached seat work for her but we needed a little step stool for her to do this totally independently. My son on the other hand used a little potty until her was big enough to hit the cheerios. GooD luck!

Nikki - posted on 08/16/2009

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A potty never came no where near my house for both of mine i hate the things !!! A toilet for the seat plus it makes them feel grown up

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I use a potty seat that goes on my toilet but my child is training a bit later(3yrs) and she can handle sitting on the adult size toilet . I didn't like to use the potty as I feel they are a bit gross, but everyone has their comfort zones about these things.I guess in the long run it's just one less transition. If your ch9ild is comfortable that's the main thing. Good luck!!

Jessica - posted on 08/14/2009

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My daughter had a little potty at first but she hated it, she preferred the big potty. So we got her one of the little seats that sits on the big potty and she was very happy about it. She is now 25 months and totally potty trained!

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i had the same question-potty seat that fits on big potty or own little potty? my sister swears by the seat on the big potty.

Tamberly - posted on 08/11/2009

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I think if you have a small kid, they are much more comfortable with the small potty. My son is small for his age, he just turned 3 and I see him having a hard time stepping up and then balancing while turning around on the step stool to sit on the big toilet, and he really can't sit his butt down very accurately onto his potty seat insert on the big toilet. I can totally see how he would prefer his little potty for now. He also can't reach to wash his hands - I had to buy a very big and tall step stool for him to reach the sink. I haven't noticed him prefer one over the other, but I do know that he wants to do things himself, and I think it's easier for him on the little potty. Of course I will always have the insert to use if he starts preferring the big toilet - Hey whatever incentives work, I will use them! Good luck!

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The only strategy that worked for my 3 yr old was to sit on the adult potty. He wore underwear and I explained to him what he has to do and if he does not go in the toilet he will pee on himself. He has a few accidents for 2 days and he figured it out. I also downloaded a potty chart and he earned stickers every time he went, etc.We made up a song and dance and called family and friends. At the end he earned a prize....a package of hotwheels. Everyone that was close to him got involved and rewarded him, we made a big deal. I carry a portable potty in the car, just in case. Babys r us has a cute one that folds and has liner bags, but you can use sturdy grocery bags that does not leak. Good Luck.

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2009

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my daughter is 20 months old and has just begun the potty training, and I find the seat on the big potty is better. It gets her used to the big potty with out the fear of falling in, she loves to get her seat and put it on. :)

Dawn - posted on 08/11/2009

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I think the big potty seat is the way to go. They like copying us at that age so it's just one more thing they can copy.

Emily - posted on 08/11/2009

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I really think it is up to the child, each is unique. My older daughter usually went to the potty everytime I or my mom went and learned that is what you are supposed to do when you feel the urge. My youngest, thought the potty seat to the little potty was a crown to put on her head while she sat on the big potty. Just have to roll with the flow, listen to the kids, I figured out long ago they have all the answers, I'm always the one asking the questions.

Deena - posted on 08/11/2009

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We used both and potty trained very quickly (prior to 2 years old in fact). It was a combination of them both. When I was in control of potty time (set a timer ever 20 minutes until we had success!) I would put her on 'big' potty. We left the smaller potty that SHE picked out right in the living room for her access at all times. She would even carry it around with her! This gave her the independence she didn't get with the big potty.



Between both her going when she wanted and me sitting her on the big potty 2 weeks and we were done! She was very proud of herself and she prefers the 'big' potty but we use the small one in her room so that if she wakes up from nap or in the morning she can go right in her room without having to wake me up!



Good luck!

Susan - posted on 08/11/2009

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We tried the little potty and after a few days my daughter refused to sit on it. I went out and got a Dora potty seat that sits on our potty and it has made all the difference in the world. I have seen a fast improvement on the number of timesa day she will go to the potty on "mommy's" potty as she calls it. I vote for skipping the little potty as well, especially when you are away from the home and they need to go and you don't have the little potty.

Cathralynn - posted on 08/11/2009

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I haven't started potty training yet, but plan on just using the big potty. I read somewhere that it kind of depends on your childs height. One of the things that scares kids about potty traing is the dangling feet thing. So if your baby is tall enough to sit on the toilet using a stool, try it. But if they are on the short side a lil potty might be the way to go. Mine is already at the 99% for height at a year and always has been long since birth so I'm hoping to cut a step and jump straight to the big toilet. We'll see!

Amy - posted on 08/11/2009

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I did both, the little potty helped with his "poop phobia" and the big potty came in handy when he wanted to assert himself as a big boy. You have to find out what your child is comfortable with, she will let you know which one she likes more

Jelissa - posted on 08/11/2009

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my daughter never liked the small potty.she always had to use the one mommy did. I think im going to go with the seat for my son. (if he'll use it.)

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I got my DD a small potty and also a ring for the toilet. My reasoning for that was it was easier to take with when we headed to Grandma's. When we started the potty training, she had to use her's. But since it was a frequent topic in the house, she also wanted to watch me go potty. It helped wonderfully with speeding the process along, but within 2 days, the small potty was old news and she had to use the "same potty mommy uses." Let your DD decide.



On a side note, when she showed interest for a few weeks, I decided it was time and took away the diapers all together. We went to the store and I let her pick out special underwear that she could wear when she was staying dry. I also grabbed the cheapest pack of 6 I could and she wore those until she could stay dry and use the potty. I literally spent 2-3 days cleaning the floors and her several times a day, but since the accidents made her wet (legs, floor, and all), it quickly ended and we were finished. It worked out really well, although it was stressful and a lot of work the first few days. (So, make sure you are well rested and not stressed when you start, last thing you need is to have that extra burden.)



Best of luck and let us know how it goes!

Sara - posted on 08/09/2009

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Go get one that snaps on. Leave the little one on the floor and see which one she likes. She will tell you. Also, unless she is showing intrest dont push her too it. With mine I would just take her to the bath room with me every time. Let her sit and when she did pee the 1st time I praised her and then put panties on her. The plastic linner is great. Let her pee on her self. But do not go back to dipers. after they have got it down they will kinda test you and start peeing on them self's again. Just have them change thier clothes and wash up. Always let them clean up the mess if they do make one. You can go back behind them and do the real cleaning but this way they understand. My daughter was trained in no time. We did wet the bed for a really long time though and I think it was because I would put pull ups on her. So we stopped that and it was about a month of peeing in the bed almost every night but at 5 we have not had a accident in well over 2 years. She will get up and go pee almost every night. Its almost like she is sleep walking cause she does not talk or anything just goes pee and gets back in bed.

Rabecca - posted on 08/09/2009

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Quoting Rebekah:

If it is working for you, why bother making a change? I would say don't rush!

My son currently uses a little potty, but he's only 15 months and is scared of sitting on a big potty, even with a little seat adjuster thingy babopper. I have looked at the ones with the ladder, since he is all about climbing lately and am undecided whether it is worth the money.



I would say dont waste the money, itll only be useful a short time, and then its boring anyways!! Good Luck!

Rabecca - posted on 08/09/2009

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I had a potty that I actually set in teh living room for months. When the girls would start to play with it or sit on it, I moved it to teh bathroom. After a few sessions with me and the girls "pottying" together. I used the attachment on teh big toilet with teh bottom for a step stool. At about 2 I started using timers. Every 15 minutes (when we were home) we would go in and try to potty. ( I would read a story or talk with them while they tried) if they went they got cheered on and clapped at and hugged like crazy, if they didnt go they got a shrug and a Thats ok, maybe next time. I know some people recommend candy as a reward, but I tend to avoid food as a reward.

Liz - posted on 08/08/2009

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We used the little potty to begin with, then both for a while, now just the seat on big potty. I let my son decide which he wanted to use, as long as he was going!

Lana - posted on 08/08/2009

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I'm a preschool teacher in a 2's classroom and we use miniature big pottys (they're just shorter with a smaller seat. It would emulate the seat on top of the big potty and works great. They just need to get comfortable and you train them to sit and when you get them on a schedule you "catch" them before they wet their diaper. We do it every 1 1/2 hours. You could try 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Growing Kids God's Way offers a suggestion to give them a bunch of liquids to get them primed and do the training in one weekend. When you do that it gives them the feel of the release and they get it right off. It worked for my daughter real well. I hope this makes sense. God bless, Lana

Rebekah - posted on 08/08/2009

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If it is working for you, why bother making a change? I would say don't rush!



My son currently uses a little potty, but he's only 15 months and is scared of sitting on a big potty, even with a little seat adjuster thingy babopper. I have looked at the ones with the ladder, since he is all about climbing lately and am undecided whether it is worth the money.

Jodi - posted on 08/08/2009

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I found that both were the best way with my kids. I had a potty for them, which I intorduced early, but when it came to seriously just giving up the nappies altogether, putting the seat on my "potty" was much more effective. My daughter, in particular, loved her toilet seat - it was a Pooh Bear one. She rejected the potty totally once she got that, and was trained in no time.



But I do know different things work for different kids. My daughter, for instance, was in daycare 2 days a week, and they have proper (but miniature) toilets there, so to her a potty was regressing.



I do think you are right though, not to push it. In my opinion, you just work on it gradually, and then, one day, when they are older, they are trained in a heartbeat without the stress. I didn't find potty training a stress at all because I just took the approach to take it as it comes :)

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