Itching to get your kiddo out of diapers and onto the potty? Awesome. All you need is a potty training game plan, some patience and the right gear. After all, getting the perfect training potty—whether a potty chair or a potty seat—is key to your child’s comfort, confidence and ultimate success. Here’s all you need to know to make the right potty pick.
Training Potty Seat or Potty Chair?
If you’ve got a child who is under 3 years old, your training potty of choice is probably a potty chair. The toddler-sized potty sits on the floor, making it super-easy for your child to access it independently. The best potty chair will have an inner basin with a splash guard that can be easily removed and emptied out. Of course, the downside here is that you have to clean out said basin after each use.
That icky step is avoided when you opt for a potty seat. That’s because it sits directly on top of your toilet. The drawback? The littlest of potty-trainers will often need a stepstool to get onto the potty seat. It’s no surprise, then, that many parents wind up with both—starting their journey with the best potty chair for when their toddler is very little, and then graduating to an on-the-toilet potty seat as he grows bigger.
Before you make a bee-line for the toddler potty aisle, take a gander at our top picks. From pink potty chairs to cushioned potty seats, our round-up will please even the most persnickety of tiny tushes.
Best Potty Chair That Looks like a Toilet
The Summer Infant My Size Potty is the best training potty to make transitioning from a training potty to the real deal much smoother. The reason? This toddler potty looks like a shrunken version of the porcelain kind grown-ups use, complete with a handle that makes a flushing sound when pressed down. We love the built-in top-of-the-tank wipes compartment (genius!) and the movable splash guard to keep things neat.
Buy it: Summer Infant My Size Potty, $25, Walmart.com
Best Classic Potty Chair
The BabyBjörn potty chair is a classic for a reason: The decidedly unfussy and ergonomic design (complete with splash guard) comes in nine colors and parks pretty seamlessly most bathrooms. Kids appreciate the comfortable high back and armrests, and because it’s easy to clean and super-durable, it can easily be passed down from sibling to sibling when needed.
Buy it: BabyBjörn Potty Chair, starting at $14, Kohls.com
Best Modern Potty Chair
Can something this sleek also be practical? Yes! The Joovy Loo Potty Chair sports a sensible hovercraft-like design with a seamless built-in splash guard. The removable basin is deep and smooth for an easy clean-up. And it’s got a sturdy, non-slip base to protect against messy tipping.
Buy it: Joovy Loo Potty Chair, $30, BuyBuyBaby.com
Best Multi-Use Potty Chair
If you love cute products that serve more than one purpose, this is the best training potty for you. Unlike most 2-for-1 potty training toilets, the sBUBS 2-in-1 potty chair doesn’t convert into a stepstool. Instead, it turns into a regular kid-sized chair that can be used in the playroom, living room or wherever. We love that the high back keeps kids comfortable and that the inner basin is easy to remove. Plus, it comes in three eye-catching shades of pink, green and blue.
Buy it: sBUBS 2-in-1 Potty Chair, $19, Amazon.com
Best Adjustable Potty Chair
This Fisher-Price training potty grows with your child, allowing you to adjust the seat to two heights. Adding to your toddler’s comfort: This potty chair sports a high back to rest on, plus handles to help little ones get up and down independently and build their confidence.
Buy it: Fisher-Price Custom Comfort Potty, $20, ToysRUs.com
Best Whimsical Potty Chair
Potty-training needs to be fun for kids to want to do it, right? Well, you can’t get much more fun than a neon egg-shaped training potty. Children will adore the cartoony design and colors, while parents will dig its anti-splash design and potty lid.
Buy it: Lil' Jumbl Baby Egg Potty With Cover, $20, Walmart.com
Best 3-in-1 Potty Chair
The Ubbi 3-in-1 Potty is another multi-use training potty that offers great bang for your buck. You get not just a potty chair and a potty seat, but also a sleek step stool. The training potty features a deep bowl to counter splashback and integrated handles to keep kids stable. The removable potty seat has adjusters to secure it to most standard-size toilets. Finally, the step stool sports a cool design made from non-slip rubber. How smart is that!
Buy it: Ubbi 3-in-1 Potty, $35, bedbathandbeyond.com
Best Cushioned Potty Seat
With it's squishy anti-slip foam we've dubbed this the best potty seat for comfort that will convert any cold porcelain toilet into a cozy spot to sit and take a tinkle. While many potty seats lie relatively flat, this one has a high molded back and sides to keep kids secure.
Buy it: Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat, $14, ToysRUs.com
Best Sturdy Potty Seat
The weePOD Toilet Trainer is one of the most stable and easy-to-use potty seats around. Here, you’ve got secure-grip handles on either side, so little ones can hop on and off all by themselves. We also love that you can choose from four iridescent colors.
Buy it: Prince Lionheart weePOD Toilet Trainer, $15, princelionheart.com
Best Adult-and-Child Potty Seat
Short on space? The Summer Infant 2-in-1 Toilet Trainer is the best potty seat for you. Simply replace your regular toilet seat and lid with this one, which features both an adult-size seat and one that’s specially sized for kids. Simply flip down whichever one you need.
Buy it: Summer Infant 2-in-1 Toilet Trainer, $20, Target.com
Updated November 2017