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*The* potty, not *to* potty...
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hungry_worm wrote in parenting101
I've checked the tags and didn't find exactly what I was looking for, so I thought I'd ask for some personal experiences (well, or personal-by-proxy) to my luxury problem. :P

Currently we've had this seat (linked to Amazon) in our main toilet for a while. (I originally saw it in the IKEA family toilet for customers - they're not selling it - and wanted to have it right away, haha, so best husband of all got us one. It does the trick when we put him on it, and has the advantage of not adding extra items to our bathroom, only the little stool we got from IKEA is a bit too small with 13cms.

With a higher stool (which would be the logical conclusion) like the one from Baby Björn or any other brand, he is able to climb up on his own, but I've seen that he keeps accidentally grabbing into the toilet/at the inner edge of the seat for stabilizing himself when climbing up... :| I'm not paranoid about bacteria at all, but it got me thinking how to optimize that. I've been wondering if any of you could share their experience with one of these kiddy ladder thingies (linked to Amazon) , or similar builds.

Originally I liked most that there are grip holes at the top for climbing up, and thought it was just a ladder (unfortunately, "just a ladder" doesn't seem to exist). I'm not exactly needing the seat, since son can just use the other bathroom, but thought about getting it for our second toilet anyway, which has no kiddy seat so far.

Or is it totally useless? Please share your experiences if you have them, because the reviews on Amazon Germany are really mixed, and many people complained about a similar product from another brand (which I linked to in the comments) that had quality issues, namely breaking of screws and the lower plastic step. The one above seems to be okay so far, but I'm not sure if it's really practical or if I'm just a victim of another marketing gag.

As I'm usually holding his hands, we're also fine with just the normal seat in the second bathroom and getting a regular stool, but the ladder thing looks neat, if a bit bulky. My husband will be dancing dances of joy when he doesn't have to see yet another addition to our apartement, so be honest! :-)


Background:
We're very leniently potty training, i.e. encouraging son (turning three in january) to use the toilet (or shower, or potty), but since he doesn't seem to be fully ready and is still young, we're not forcing anything. So far he'll mostly notice that he's got to pee and pipe up, and then pee into the toilet, but with exception of yesterday he prefers to poop in silence, into diapers, and to hide afterwards. We're noticing that he's doing good when we leave him naked waist down, but since he's been having colds on and off I haven't been able to let him run free as much as I'd have liked so far (I'm always thinking there will be a next summer after all...).

I hope I didn't screw those LJ-cuts up.

Your 8 month old is potty training? Or an older sibling? I can't offer much help but I'm very interested in the ladder seat! That looks like it would really help

I'm sorry for the confusion, he'll be turning three but we've been using the seat sporadically since we moved in, at that time he was eight months old. I realized it's not relevant to my question, so I'm editing it.

I'm sorry, we've been using the double seat since he's been about a year, but he'll be turning three in january!

The ladder seat looks so good, and apparently works well when it fits your toilet. I haven't had the chance to see and touch one in the store, but yeah... I think it looks really promising for a kid who needs to climb with rails. I'm actually surprised that there aren't more products like that from other companies like fisher price.
Another manufacturer (namely this that I only found on Amazon.de: http://www.amazon.de/Keter-Kids-Toilettentrainer-Treppenklo-Farben/dp/B009ODHNZY/ref=pd_ybh_5 ) got scathing reviews on Amazon.de, because parts kept breaking. The one I linked in the entry got no negative reviews about the quality so far.

Edited at 2012-11-07 03:06 pm (UTC)

We have this one and really like it. My daughter is very petite but is still able to climb up on it. The only thing that's a pain is having to take it off and put it back on all the time when an adult has to use the toilet, but that's a minor issue as it take about 5 seconds. :p

Edited at 2012-11-07 03:52 pm (UTC)

I've seen that, and the only thing difficult about it seems to be that some customers reviewed it as impractical for boys, something about pee escaping. I might ask if a brick and mortar store here has it, so I can see it for myself. Son is tall but really skinny. I guess you don't get around the hassle of taking it off with either model. Thanks for your input!

I know this isn't *exactly* what you were trying to find, but have you considered just a plain two-step stepstool (I know Ikea has one) with a big top step that is big enough and high enough to turn around on and sit down on the toilet facing forward like an adult would?

Thanks, I will probably end up getting that or just a one-step stool that has a better height than my present one (around 18, 20 cm maybe instead of 13), but yeah, I found the idea of handles so neat. I suspect this is one of those things where my son wouldn't care in the end, and it's just me who finds it interesting.

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