Im ready to introduce my almost 2 yr old to the potty,but whats better,the softseat or floorpotty?

Harmony - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Im ready to introduce my 21 month old son to the potty, but i dont know whats better to start with.. the softseat that goes on the big potty or the floor potty?? any helpful tips?



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Brandi - posted on 09/24/2009

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It is actually recommended that you start with a floor potty (it helps the child bear down during a bowel movement if his feet touch the floor), but some actually come apart so that you can use the top of the floor potty on the big toilet. Most importantly, don't get discouraged if he doesn't get it yet. he's still really young. If he doesn't seem interested, just back off a little and try again in a few weeks. Trust me, he'll get it when he gets it.

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My daughter hated the floor potty. I tried for weeks to get her too use it, finally I just got a softseat toilet and she loved the idea of pottying on the big toilet.
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Paula - posted on 09/24/2009

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i found my son love the floor potty because he can see when he has done anything in the potty and he loves the attention he gets when he uses the softseat he thinks he has done something even when he hasn't. if you child likes to flush the toilet let him flush the toilet after you empty the floor potty

Eileen - posted on 09/24/2009

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I used the floor potty until she got the hang of it and then switched her to the softseat potty b/c she was scared of the big potty.

TYLA - posted on 09/23/2009

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I bought the floor one for my son the one that sings and does all that stuff and i found that he wanted to use the big potty cause he felt like a big boy. So i think it depends on each child, but i know my son perfered the soft seat on the big tolet verus the free standing one just got him a stool so he could get up

Amanda - posted on 09/23/2009

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i have one that just turned three and we babysit her cousin most of the time who is her same age. i bought both of them soft seats and they never used them . little kids all want to grow up to fast it seems. i never uses a floor potty either but if you must have one or the other i think a floor potty is less intimadting for one his age also its great for midnight potty training untill they are no longer scared to go on their own . im even thinking about getting one for my toddler to cut down on night time accidents. also i tryed pullups they were a waist of money! i bought my girl and me both some tinkerbell underpants and the little boy and his dad have matching scooby boxers . if they peed in them we put them up and made them wear baby diapers again. all kids want o be like (step)mommy and daddy so no more diapers if you want to wear tinkerbells like me..

Barbara - posted on 09/22/2009

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For my daughter we got both because everyone seemed to have their own experience. She at first liked the potty on the floor (I think because she could reach it on her own). After about 2 months she strictly would use the soft seat (I think because she thought this made her a true big girl). It is hard to guess which one your child likes best.

Tiffany - posted on 09/22/2009

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i found with my son that he thought the little floor potty was a toy. he kept taking it around the house trying to use it as a chair. so it wasn't a total waste of money but it was weird to see him stashing his snacks in it (he never used it for the intended purpose). the big potty can be an adjustment though. it takes time even with the soft inserts. the kids have to be comfortable with whichever option so put him up there a couple times a day before you really start pushing training so the potty doesn't become a negative and let him hear and see it flush. also i suggest with a boy to master sitting on the potty before teaching him to stand up.

Adrianna - posted on 09/22/2009

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start with the floor potty. its the best way to start. he has to be able to see what he is doing and be comforterable and safe adn in control... the other way he has to depend on you and is a little sketchy about being up so high.

Mallory - posted on 09/21/2009

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my son loves his own potty seat he thinks is special .. i made a big deal about going to buy "big boy underwear" i put them on him with out a diaper and he caught on very quick it was about a week of accidents lol still has training pants at night

Kristen - posted on 09/21/2009

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my daughter is 22 months she says potty and likes to sit on the toilet, wipe then flush although she has only successfully went potty a few times. I bought the little seat which can convert to a soft seat and a step stool I try to leave all options open for her but she is used to the big toilet now so my $20 training potty is only useful as a stepstool for her. I recommend whatever you are comfortable with the training one is easier for them to use alone but if you are going to get one don't introduce to big porcelain bowl first.

Jennifer - posted on 09/21/2009

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we started out with a floor potty but wyatt did not like it. he likes to actually flush it. so since he loves elmo we bought a soft seat and his old potty turns into a stool. so he can climb on the big potty all by himself. also we bought the elmo potty time videoand coloring book.the coloring bookhelped themost because it came with a chart and stickers. wyatt knowseverytime he goes potty in the potty he gets a sticker. he picks it out and sticks it on his chart.

Carmen - posted on 09/21/2009

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I have both. But keep in mind that unless you just have every 15 seconds to dedicate to taking him to the potty once he starts to get a hold of this whole potty thing you may want to have something available to can readily use on his own. 1x an hour I take my daughter to the "big" potty but keep a seat in the living room that she can just get on herself when the need should arise. Which has proven very helpful because her erg always seems to happen when I'm @ the stove, doing laundry, or completely occupied some other way.

Andrea - posted on 09/21/2009

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The safety first potty chair is a good one for boy's and girl's, and it can be taken apart to where the softseat sits on the toilet. When I started potty training with my son I put it in the bathroom and sat him on it. After time he wanted to sit on it. With keeping it in the bathroom it shows where he has to potty at. Now he only uses it for the step stool so he can pee standing up.

Alison - posted on 09/18/2009

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ive got both for my daughter who is 2 on the 19th of this month , so she has the choice of using which ever she wants when she needs to go , a few months ago she wouldnt actually do anything on the potty or toilet but would ask to go on there , she just liked to sit , but in their own time children will get confident and start going to toilet in potty or on the toilet ,all u need to do is keep encouraging the child to sit on a potty or toilet but dont force it if they refuse to do it just put the potty where the child can see it , my daughter started asking to use the potty 3 wks ago and is quite good now

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