I have realized pretty fast that a portable potty is a must - both I and my little pumpkin thought that public toilets were sketchy. Once I was in the market for a travel potty I was surprised at how many different options exist - disposable potties, stand alone potties, potties to use on top of a toilet, folding, twisting ARRGH!
Here is a great summery of what are your options when you want to continue potty training your toddler while on the road. Actually those some of those contraptions will last you well beyond the potty training years. And if neither of those options suits you - just keep a regular small potty in your car, simple.
Most fit in a diaper bag without too much fuss and come with a small supply of liners to get you started. The disadvantage is that that many carry case systems are small, which certainly adds to portability but they may actually be too small for your child. Check the weight limitations as the suggested age range might not be always accurate. I bought one of those - it was a disaster and I returned it to the store the next day. It definitely works better for girls and smaller munchkins. Here are the 3 brands making a buzz in our play groups.
This type of portable potty assembles with locking legs, a contoured seat and disposable liners. Bear in mind that construction is very important here – you want to check that legs fit securely or your child will wobble.
Fisher Price gets consistent praise because it’s larger (over 12” square) and has a carrying case.
Mind you, the larger size limits walking around with it, such as a hike in the woods.
Overall Fisher Price is better for families looking for car and town systems that don’t require long-term toting.
Gotta Go Now Travel Potty and Trainer (Walmart). While slightly on the high side price wise, this portable potty is sturdier and functions even with a 6-year old child thanks to expandable legs. The removable trainer seat fits standard toilets so your child feels comfortable. The bowl collapses and the lid comes off for cleaning and portability.
Feelings on the Kalencom portable potty have been mixed, but it seems to work well for children up until kindergarten.
Parents like the small, lightweight design, measuring 7x7 inches.
A folding travel potty collapses neatly for easy carrying. These are smaller than cary case systems and very light weight as well as being very affordable (often under $10).
This, in turn, leaves a child without adequate support making them feel like they’re going to fall in. While it’s better than just using toilet paper on the surface in a public restroom, the flimsy construction it may not support confident toileting.
An alternative that’s getting better parent feedback is the Mommy’s Helper Folding Padded Potty Seat. Where many other folding systems tend to pinch, this has a comfortable cushioned top.
The manufacture added a great feature – underside brackets – that keep the seat firmly in place.
Unlike some portable systems, this was designed to fit even most elongated toilets as well as standard sizes. The padding does make it a little larger than other folding options.
The best part about this portable potty system is that it grows with your child while also providing security and comfort.
Twisting travel potty chairs like the one by Graco bring another level of innovation to the design by having a seat that twists down or up so it fits your child better depending on their height.
Twisting it down compacts the chair for fitting in a diaper bag. Made to fit children up to 50 pounds, this system includes disposable bags (if desired) and cleans up with little fuss.
The idea behind this toddler potty is having a cloth or disposable diaper in place and ready for when your child needs to go.
An example is the Bonaco Caboose Travel Potty. Because the toilet and diaper catches waste, you can keep your child from sitting in wet or soiled diapers while traveling.
It fits neatly in a diaper bag being only 2.5” tall x 4” and weighing less than one pound.
About the only problem parents report is that the size is very small, the lid sometimes slides off and if the seat isn’t properly assembled the inserted diaper may leak.
If you want to avoid public toilets altogether, then disposable potties are definitely worth considering. You don’t need a toilet to use these, which makes it great for those urgent needs or camping retreats with limited facilities. The systems are lightweight and very easy to use.
One example is the Potty Scotty that’s ecologically friendly because it’s biodegradable and friendly for compost piles.
The average size is 7x7, making it comparable to other potty styles.
This is another clever product designed to avoid accidents when you’re on the road. I came across it while searching for a disposable potty for boys. I was never brave enough or needed to use one but it gets favorable reviews. About the only complaint is that girls and women find unisex urinals a little more difficult to operate than boys and men.
If you take your young child or toddler with you anywhere, a portable potty comes in handy – be it for those unforeseen emergencies, for public restrooms or just to help keep your child on their training regimen. For the ecologically minded household some portable systems offer green-friendly construction too.
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