Many types of toilet seats, or "potties," are available to choose
from as you prepare to toilet train your child. Although the design details
vary, the two basic options are a potty chair or a potty seat. Some seats are
designed for dual use.
Portable potty chair
A potty chair is a self-contained miniature version of a toilet. It
is placed on the floor and provides easy access for your child. The toilet seat
where your child sits is similar to a normal toilet seat, although the waste
collects in a pan or bowl beneath it and must be emptied and cleaned after each
use. These potty chairs allow your child to:
Get on and off the potty without
Place his or her feet flat on the floor. This supports the
feet and allows your child to push his or her feet against the floor while
passing a stool.
potty seat attaches to your regular toilet, and waste goes into the toilet
bowl. A potty seat requires a solid step stool (often included). Many potty
seats have a backrest and grips or armrests. The seat needs to be firmly
attached to the regular toilet; a loose seat can scare a child and hinder
Primary Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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