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You Will Need
- A toddler ready to potty train
- A store or web site that sells potty chairs
- A step stool (optional) (optional) (optional)
- Stickers (optional) (optional) (optional)
- Markers (optional) (optional) (optional)
Go to the store
Shop for a potty in person, and take your child with you. They're the one who'll be using it, so they should have a say in which one you bring home. If you think you'll get a better deal online, pick out the potty you want at a store, and then go on the web to order it.
Kick the tires
Peruse the store's stock. There are two types – a portable potty, and a seat that fits on top of the regular toilet. Let your child sit on any potty they seem interested in. Look for ones that fit them comfortably, and won't tip over. A high seat back is a plus.
Look for standard features
Check for features, like a removable bowl that you can lift out and empty into the regular toilet, and a splash guard – a lip on the front of the seat that will prevent urine from hitting the floor. If you have a boy, you may want to get a potty with a deflector, which will keep his urine from spraying on the floor.
Consider other bells and whistles. Potties feature everything from toilet paper holders to sound effects like flushing and music.
Set up at home
Bring the potty home, and put it in the bathroom. If your toddler wants to decorate the seat with stickers or markers, let them. The more they can do to make it their own, the sooner they'll be willing to actually use it.