It’s fair to say this won’t go down in history as the most glamorous thing I’ve ever blogged about (and I tried and failed to make the photos look nice). But The Boy is currently potty training, and – in the manner of someone who’s never done this before – I’ve shelled out a small fortune on stuff that promises to make my life easier.
As such we’re now the proud owners of 2 potties, 2 toddler toilet seats, a couple of (unread) ‘how to’ books, loads of fancy pull-ups, several boxes of absolutely useless toilet training pads (half of which were stuck on the living room wall when I wasn’t looking), and the Potette Plus Travel Potty. And out of everything, the last one has definitely been the most useful when we’ve been out of the house. Here’s why I love it…
Potette Plus travel potty
What is it?
A portable toilet for toddlers that you can either use as a normal potty with disposable liners (when you’re out and there’s no toilet in sight), or as a toddler toilet seat on a normal loo (for public toilets, for example).
How much is it?
£14 from Mothercare and loads of other places.
What makes it Pretty Cool?
With the legs folded away the potty is really small and light – I’ve had no trouble carrying it around in my baby changing bag or stowing it at the bottom of the buggy. It comes in a plastic drawstring bag, too, so you can store the liners with it. To use it as a normal potty you just pop the legs out and pull one of the liners over (there’s a little absorbent pad in the middle), then throw the bag away when you’re done. To use it over a normal toilet – which is definitely where you’ll get your money’s worth – just pop the legs out flat and put it over the top of the toilet seat. It’s got a rubber base to stop it slipping.
What would make it even cooler?
I can’t imagine the disposable liners are particularly eco-friendly, so we tend to use them in emergencies only (ie, when there’s no bush to pee in). They’re also an expensive option at £10.25 for 30, although you can buy non-branded versions a bit cheaper.
Getting the bag hooked over the legs can be a bit fiddly when you’re in the midst of a wee emergency, so it’s worth putting a fresh liner back on every time you’re finished and storing it like that.
Find out more about the Potette Plus here.