Many types of toilet seats, or "potties," are available to choose
from as you prepare to toilet train your child. Although the design details
vary, the two basic options are a potty chair or a potty seat. Some seats are
designed for dual use.
A potty chair is a self-contained miniature version of a toilet. It
is placed on the floor and provides easy access for your child. The toilet seat
where your child sits is similar to a normal toilet seat, although the waste
collects in a pan or bowl beneath it and must be emptied and cleaned after each
use. These potty chairs allow your child to:
potty seat attaches to your regular toilet, and waste goes into the toilet
bowl. A potty seat requires a solid step stool (often included). Many potty
seats have a backrest and grips or armrests. The seat needs to be firmly
attached to the regular toilet; a loose seat can scare a child and hinder
March 24, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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