After I got so many comments and e-mails all saying ‘go for it!’ following my first potty training post, I asked Alethea if she’d like me to get her a potty chair so she could learn to use the toilet by herself. She said, “Okay!” (And yes, I am taking that with a grain of salt. I also asked her if she’d like an Oompaloompa to go with it and her answer was, “Okay!”)
Anyway, today during my weekly trip to Target, I stopped by the baby section to look at potty chairs. Now I was hoping there would be two or three to choose from. What I wasn’t prepared for was having a dozen styles sitting before me on the shelf:
My options ranged from just a simple plastic lift-out bowl in a simple plastic seat, to chairs with lots of bells and whistles. Suddenly I was confronted with choices I hadn’t even dreamed of prior to walking down that aisle. Did I want the seat to lift off and sit on the grownup toilet to make the transition to big toilet easier? Did I want the base to convert into a step-stool? Did I want the potty to look like a frog, a racecar, a throne, or of all things, a toilet? Many played music, a couple had padded seats, a few sported toilet paper holders…
I was overwhelmed.
Then I asked myself what would be most appealing to Alethea? The answer was clearly, this one:
It plays music, has a handle to ‘flush’ and even tells you when you’ve done a good job. Yeah, I was pretty sure Alethea would like it. So, I was going to buy it, even though it was the most expensive one and it didn’t convert into a step stool (which seemed like a nice feature for when Alethea was ready to move up to using the real toilet). But then I looked at the box a little closer and noticed this:
That’s right folks. It doesn’t just play music, it has “Encouraging songs with lyrics and fun phrases”!
Suddenly in my mind’s eye, I caught a glimpse of Alethea singing those lyrics and repeating those fun phrases in a public place. Lovely.
The ‘Cheer for Me! Potty’ went back on the shelf.
I ended up selecting this one instead:
It is the Royal Stepstool Potty, which was $10 cheaper than the Cheer For Me model, and as the name implies, it does convert to a stepstool to prolong its usefulness. Plus Alethea will be rewarded for ‘contributions’ with “regal musical ditties and fun sound effects”, which sounded a lot safer to me than “encouraging lyrics”.
I think I made the right choice. Alethea is still taking her nap, so she hasn’t gotten to weigh in on the matter yet, but really… who needs a retractable toilet paper holder anyway??!?!