I am now in the process of potty training my third child. This one is proving to be my biggest challenge yet. My first child Danica was EASY. She was just over 2 years old and we just started putting her on the potty chair and she just got it. She didn’t even have accidents at night. I thought I was an awesome genious. WRONG. My second child Kurtis was slightly more of a challenge. I started with him at 2 years old trying to put him on the potty etc. and he just wasn’t getting it. I finally quit for awhile, then one day, when he was about 2 1/2 he came to me and declared he wanted to go on the potty. We brought the potty into the kitchen (a more common area) for him and read A LOT of books until he mastered the control. I also rewarded with candy. He got it pretty quickly once he was ready. I think for him the key was bringing the potty out of the bathroom where he felt like he was missing out on something.
Now I am training Keegan. He turns 3 next week and I am convinced he will not be trained anytime soon. I think it is a combination of two things. 1. HE IS STUBBORN. He is not going to do anything unless he wants to and it is his idea. 2. I don’t think he quite “gets it” yet. He still has a really hard time distinguishing between wet, dry etc. My early childhood class has said they have to have certain cues in order to be ready. I have spent many days letting him wear undies and cleaning up accident after accident.
I recently received The First Years Disney Pixar Cars Racing Mission Potty System for review and I thought this may be our answer for Keegan. Our old potty chair was on its last life, so I thought having this new awesome CARS potty chair might inspire him to go potty. Unfortunately, we still have not succeeded, but I don’t think it is the potty’s fault. I think he just isn’t ready yet.
Keegan actually really loves the CARS potty. It has a sound button on the side of the seat that makes a loud VROOM sound when pressed. Keegan loves to press the button. He also really loves to use the seat as a step stool to reach the sink for washing hands and brushing his teeth.
I love the fact that the seat has an extra high pee shield for boys. We have had issues with my older son where the shield was not high enough resulting in a giant disaster until they learn to hold down their ‘little buddies’ as we call them in our house. It is definitely a MUCH appreciated item for Mom!
The Potty has 3 modes. It acts as a Potty Chair with a removable pot for easy dumping. The seat is extremely soft. Next you can remove the trainer seat with the soft seat and click it securely onto your toilet so they can start to learn to sit on the big potty without fear of falling in. Finally, they can close the lid and use it as a step stool for hand washing.
The potty chair itself is pretty small. It sits pretty low to the ground. This works PERFECT for Keegan who is on the smaller side, but may be an issue for a larger child.
The sound module is a fun feature. I will admit I didn’t read the directions at first and was a bit confused. You have to actually unscrew the module from the bottom of the seat and reinstall it on the top. It is a VERY touchy button and goes off easily so if you have a child who is easily startled, this might not be the seat for you. Keegan loves it.
One thing to mention, the seat clicks onto the toilet seat very securely and was actually a little hard to remove. It is nice that it fits well and it is not going to slide off the seat, but I don’t think Keegan could remove it himself if he wanted to. Also, there is a slight gap on our toilet in front of the seat. I don’t think it would be an issue with the sheild and everything it should keep it all in the potty, but I thought I should mention it.
We continue on our potty training path now. One of these days I am sure it will click for Keegan and he will be ready, then I get to start training #4. For now, we just keep sitting on the potty and waiting patiently and reading a lot of books!
Have a little girl who needs to potty train? The First Years also offers an adorable Disney Princess Magical Sparkle Potty System! How cute is this little seat?
The First Years Disney Pixar CARS Racing Mission Potty System has a MSRP of $29.99 and is available at Babies R Us and on BabiesRUs.com
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