Thank heavens for little boys... except when it comes time to potty train!
For those of you who are parents of little boys, you know how hard it can be to find a potty seat that blocks that ever-so-powerful and uncontrollable stream of pee that will at some point hit you somewhere on your body whilst potty training your little boy.
I hate getting peed on as much as the next parent so I scoured the Internet for the best potty seat with the highest pee guard: reading reviews, looking at ratings, obsessing over it until I found the right one... you know... usual me stuff.
Normally, my way of thinking would tell me that if something is cheap, it's not the best option. "Why is it so cheap?" I ask myself... surely if it were a high-demand, popular item it would be more expensive, yes?
Well, coming in at the very reasonable price of $8.98, The First Years Soft Grip Trainer Seat (from none other than my favorite online retailer - Amazon.com) was my potty seat of choice. At first I started out with one, but after contemplating which seat type was best (this or the freestanding Babybjorn Potty Chair - which I purchased first but never used), I realized that I didn't want to make the process of potty training any more disgusting and a pain in the ass (pun intended) than it needed to be. We now have 2: one upstairs and one downstairs.
First of all, after my Babybjorn arrived, I realized that the little "pee shield" area didn't look tall enough to protect me from getting peed on. Secondly, I also came to realize that I didn't understand why anyone would want to have to clean up pee and poo from a plastic bowl every time a child needed to potty. What? Are we in the Medieval times using chamber pots? So gross and wrong!
Yes, I still got peed on a few times, but hey, it only took a few days for Leighton to learn how to "point down". And yes, he actually grips those little blue handles when he needs leverage for a good #2.
I realize that as parents, dealing with poop and pee on a daily basis is part of the job description. We have all gotten peed and pooped on when our children were in diapers, but as they get older and become more like real little people, their excrement takes on a little different meaning...it becomes more real and less cute (not that I thought it was ever all that cute), and let's face it, at some point, we'd all love to stop having close, personal encounters with children's BM's on a daily basis
Image Credits: (top) from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/The-First-Years-Soft-Trainer/dp/B006I0R0XQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396283655&sr=8-1&keywords=first+years+trainer+seat), (bottom left) from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/BabyBj%C3%B6rn-055105US-BABYBJORN-Potty-Chair/dp/B000056J7K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396283732&sr=8-1&keywords=babybjorn+potty+red), (bottom right) from liveauctioneers.com (http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/13715028_cabinet-with-chamber-pot-c-1900)
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!