Pros: Provides positive reinforcement and is a fun way to go potty.
Cons: Although the chair is small, can be tight if very limited space.
The Bottom Line: Cute, easy to use and clean. Provides positive reinforcement. Remember, don't depend on any chair being able to do all of the training.
Potty training is an exciting time as reminds a caregiver that there is an end to thousand of diaper changes that will take place with a baby. It is not an easy task and will require much practice for a toddler to master. It is important to have many tools available during this time to allow for a stress free training period. One of the critical pieces is having a toilet that is easy and will not intimidate a toddler. A toddler is much accustomed to using diapers and a major change such as this can be a difficult adjustment for some. The key is to use a combination of tools for a happy and pride filled potty training event.
When we decided it was time to begin potty training for our toddler, one of the first investments we made was in a potty chair. We wanted to find a chair that was ideal for her size as well as provide some form of positive reinforcement. After looking at the different models, we decided on the Fisher Price Royal Princess Potty. We purchased this girl-centered potty chair for approximately $23 at a known retail store.
Fully assembled, the chair sits approximately 8 inches high and has a length and width of about 10. The potty chair is made up of three primary pieces, the base of the chair which includes a flip top lid, a cup that holds the body eliminations and a removable seat. The cup fits in the middle of the base that sits on the front making it easy to remove for cleaning. The seat is removable and has four poles that fit into the base preventing it from moving while the chair is in use. The seat can be removed and used on a regular sized toilet once the toddler is ready to move up to the larger facility. The base includes a lid that has the appearance of crown. The entire Fisher Price Royal Princess Potty is made of a sturdy plastic material that can hold up to 100 pounds.
The base of the potty chair has been colored in a bright pink and is supported with 4 legs. The legs have been given a rounded shape with indentations mold into them to give a "royal appearance." The seat is white and has small handles on each side for a toddler to hold onto. The cup is done in a light pink with metal sensors on the bottom. These metal sensors are used to alert the chair once a toddler has had a successful potty session. The lid of the chair is done in a light pink as well and has two functions. The lid acts as a back for the toddler to lean on while they are on the potty. When the lid is in this position, the crown design is visible. Three purple plastic gems have been added in order to elaborate on the princess design. When the lid is down, the chair can act as a step in order for a toddler to be able to reach the sink or to sit on the "big" potty. Slats and holds have been added to give a textured platform that will help prevent falls. The chair itself weighs only a few pounds and is easy to transport to another room or grandma’s house.
Once of the nice features of the Fisher Price Royal Princess Potty is its ability to play 4 different sounds when the potty is used. When the sensors at the bottom of the cup are touched by the waste material, a song is played by the chair providing some positive reinforcement for a job well done. The metal sensors react to the mechanisms underneath the cup thereby telling the chair to make the song. These songs only last for a few seconds and provide a nice moment to celebrate. Once a toddler is finished, the cup is easily removed for cleaning and goes back into its place very easily. Three AA batteries are required for the sound features to work. We have had the batteries in the chair for nearly 8 months now and they seen to be going as strong as ever.
We have had success with the Fisher Price Royal Princess Potty as my daughter enjoys sitting on "her" potty and is not intimidated by having to use a large toilet. She will use the large toilet but does not seem comfortable. We are able to store this potty chair easily in the bathroom as it takes up a small amount of room. The chair itself is very easy to clean as it has smooth lines and very few crevices. I prefer to use the antibacterial wipes when I clean the chair. Potty training is still a work in process, but it is going well.
In addition to using this potty chair, we have initiated a program in which every time my daughter uses the chair, she gets a sticker that she places on a piece of paper just for her achievements. The combination of the chair, stickers and the various potty books seem to be a winning combination. The most important thing to remember when potty training is that the toddler will not be ready before their time.
I highly recommend that you let the toddler investigate the chair thoroughly before its first use in order for the novelty factor to wear off. You want the toddler to be focused on the task at hand rather than seeing how the chair can be put together and taken apart.
The Fisher Price Royal Princess Potty is tailored to girls however; they have another version that is suited for boys.
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Now your little majesty can enjoy a throne of her very own! You'll love training your little princess with this pretty pink potty because the reward system is built right in! It plays different tunes to reward your child for their potty progress. The Pink Princess Stepstool Potty can also be used on toilet seat complete with royal tunes. Bowl removes easily for cleanup. Removable legs for easy storage. Requires three "AA" alkaline batteries (not included.) Please dispose of batteries safely.