Try THIS Tuesday: One of Erica’s Favorite Bathroom Gadgets for Toddlers
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Note from Collin:
Do you have a product you love? We definitely have many favorite products here on the Hip2Save Team, and thought it would be FUN to share some of them with you! I personally love product recommendations and I’ve also had a few requests from readers, so I have asked each member of the team to think of products they love (cosmetics, kitchen gadgets etc.) and to write up a post that will be shared here every Tuesday. Erica, my sidekick, is sharing one of her favorites…
Hi all! It’s Erica here, one of Collin’s sidekicks!
I bought this Mommy’s Helper Contoured Cushie Step Up Ladder about 2 years ago when my oldest child turned 2 years old. This potty is super helpful if you have an independent child who likes to use the “big potty”. It has definitely become a permanent fixture in our household!
When I started potty training…
I tried the little potty seats that sit on the floor that you have to clean out EVERY TIME – like this one. AND, I tried the seats that just sit right on the toilet – like this one.
However, the Step Up Ladder Seat is SO much better because it’s like both of them combined in ONE (and you don’t have to bend over after every trip to the bathroom to pick the toilet seat off the floor and clean it out). Actually, you don’t have to clean anything because everything goes straight down the toilet!
It features a small cushie (great for any little toddlers tooshie 😉 ) that fits right on the toilet seat, and it helps them get up onto the toilet – easily AND safely.
It was not fun watching my daughter take AT LEAST 15 different touches to the toilet seat to finally get herself situated. Seriously, YUCK. 💩
This ladder seat not only helps with potty training, but my daughter (4 years old now) still uses it because it is just easier getting onto the potty and she is not touching the actual toilet. It is secure, and has handles that they can grab to get up – so they can do it all by themselves!
Also, if an adult has to use the bathroom, it can easily be removed and set aside. OR, stowed away for long periods of time in the closet (if you’re not needing it for a while).
As you can see, my son (who just turned 2) fits perfectly on the seat and can get up there easily! We are currently potty training him, BUT let’s just say we may need more time with this one! 😳
If you’re about to start potty training OR have a toddler at home and are interested in this product, they have it available on Amazon. And as you can see from some of the reviews, it appears that I’m not the only mommy loving this product!
Had that seat and book!
We used the same potty seat and book! I seriously couldn’t have lived without that seat. I absolutely loved that it folded up against the wall.
I agree Amanda! 😀
This is good idea
I was considering purchasing this last week but read reviews saying it was unsafe and flimsy. Usually I’m not a mom who worries about things like that but my son is really into a “jumping off anything he can” stage. Anyone have experience with this product and think it’s unsafe?
Well it is unstable if you keep it like it is in picture. If you put it directly on toilet and not on seat, it is pretty stable
Ugh, same. The review where the little girl’s teeth got knocked back into her gums and now they have to be surgically removed?? That poor baby! I think I’ll pass on this one even though it looks like such an awesome idea!
I just taught my daughter to shake the seat to be sure it’s stable before climbing up. She has done this every time even in the “I have to go really badly” run to the bathroom. It’s just part of her routine. I love this seat!
Nice! I’m surprised that there so many malls, restaurants, and grocery stores than don’t have a step stools under the sinks! Soo annoying (ok rant over lol)!
Good idea! I have the same shower curtain 😃
LOL! Too funny! 🙂
Seat is amazing. Got it for my oldest when she turned 3 and she would willingly running up to the bathroom every chance she got because she felt like a big girl. In addition my youngest started to use it and was potty trained at 18 months. It stays put, doesn’t slide around like the floor stools, very sturdy, and not much more in cost than stools. Highly recommend.
Awesome, happy to hear you love it too Frannie! Thanks for sharing!
I had this for my both my kids (now 14 and 7) and if I end up with one more kid(hubby keeps asking) then I will use it again! They were happier about using the potty and no accident butts in the potty or needing help! I was worried about my son wanting to jump off the stairs but he saw it as an actual potty and I didn’t have to worry. Best investment ever and I recommend this to everyone who is potty training
Happy to hear that you’ve made use out of yours Sabine! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
If you leave it like this you can’t put a toilet lid lock on. Just a thought. Only takes one incident to drown a child. You don’t want to be the one parent who says “but he never played in it before”
No offense but I would bet the majority of parents don’t use those locks. You can try to lock up everything, but proper supervision goes a long way.
I agree. Parents should watch their kids. I never used any kind of toilet locks or child proofing with any of my kids. I watched my kids and made sure they didn’t get into anything they shouldn’t be getting into. It’s not hard to teach kids right from wrong.
I’m sure many other parents have thought the same thing while burying their children. You don’t ever poop, sleep, shower? Where are your kids during that? Every single child can’t have an eye on them every second of the day.
No, you couldn’t put a lock on while the seat is in place but it’s so easy to take off and on. We all share a bathroom so it is never on the toilet until my daughter goes to the bathroom.
I was so proud of my 2nd boy it was easier for him cuz he had an older brother to help teach him. But ya he was pretty easy now that I think about it. But my kids were definitely older than yours when they got potty trained so congrats to you!! Good job I know it’s a tricky thing but it seems like you’ve mastered the potty training ☺
Thanks for the post! My daughter is 3 years old and I also have a 21mos old. I was looking at the exact same thing on Amazon yesterday. Thanks to your post and reviews, I’m going to order one. 👍😀
Awesome Autumn! I’m sure you’ll love it! 🙂
Yes, you are supposed to use it with the seat up. I had one when my oldest was 2 & he didn’t like it at all. The ladder felt very flimsy & it didn’t fit well on our elongated toilet.
Sorry…but no, you are supposed to use this with the seat down (girl style, NOT boy style). If you flipped the seat up the potty seat would fall in. I used this potty seat with two kids!
Actually the product pictures show it both ways, you can check. I guess it may depend on your seat & shape, but with the seat down, it usually doesn’t sit flush & will move around. We had an elongated toilet at the time & it didn’t work either way, wasn’t sturdy with seat down, too big of a gap with it up. People can look at reviews & pictures to get an idea of how it might work with their setup.
I find it much easier to just use one of those kids potty seats that go right over the toilet and to put a step stool in front it. My son uses a squeeze bottle to clean himself after he pees, but we come in to wash him after he poops. Either way, when he’s done then he just pushes the step stool over to the sink, so that he can reach the faucet to wash his hands. Works extremely well for us!
That’s fantastic that he can do that!
I am starting to potty train my 21 month old daughter. Any tips?!?
My best advice is to each their own… don’t force it on them and make sure you use constant positive reinforcement. It’s easy to get sucked into the “my kid did this” or “you have to do it that way”… try to make it fun for them. 😊
Very true (what Julie said) I felt really pressured to start my son at 18 months, but he didn’t get it. It was very frustrating and I just stopped all together. I tried again at 2 years, and he still was not interested. It wasn’t until his first week after he turned 3, I sat him down we read the books, he had been watching the Elmo potty video that he went and was super excited about the whole thing (we did the whole cheering and stickers bit, LOL). He caught on after a couple of days and I realized that it really is when they are ready to go forward.
This is exactly what was happening with my 3.5 girl twins! I am on my seventh time trying and the Elmo potty app got them both excited! One girl has gotten it down after 7 days and the other is still too terrified to go pee in the potty so we put her back in pull-ups. She still goes to potty with sissy and encourages her but wont use it herself. She still has a ways to go but it really is when they are able and willing that it should be tried. And love this concept of a potty aid but have an elongated toilet so wont buy.
My advice is that boys are harder than girls. Like my daughter is almost 3 and just getting the full swing of potty training like really getting it. My 2nd got it at almost exactly 3 but with veerrrry few accidents ever. Then my firstborn son didn’t get it till 4 I know I know embarrasing for a mommy… But in my defense my hubby was staying home win him at the time lol. So, not sure how true my statement is, but thats just how i feel. Boys harder than girls. Best of luck to ya!!☺
I beg to differ. I have 6 boys and my first was fully potty trained just before he turned a year old. The one that took the longest was fully potty trained about a week after turning 2. My boys are all quick learners though.
Oops meant to post here I posted somewhere else on this thread lol!!!😄 see comment above
I would say give them lots to drink and every 20 min or so try to get them to pee. Keep them drinking because the repetition really helps it sink in. Reward them with a gummy or little treat to keep them excited!
My son has that book! He loves it! 🙂
I used this exact seat for both of my daughters and we all loved it! There was no way I was dumping poop out of one of those little training potty’s! Yuck! Plus this one teaches them how to use the actual toilet and how to flush. I NEVER had any issues with it being flimsy or with anyone even coming close to falling off the toilet with this seat.
So happy you love it too Stephanie!
I had something like this but with a plastic seat. It scratched up the toilet seats real bad and I had to replace them all before selling our house and I won’t use it anymore. It was really helpful though, so maybe I will try this one with my younger daughter if it is “cushy”.
Cute bathroom style 😍
And cute kids!!😊
You are too sweet.. THANK YOU so much! 😀
Have used this seat for both of my kids (boy and girl) and plan to use it for my 3rd also! It’s amazing! I hate those little potty seats that you have to clean out (yuck). This is such a better idea!
Agree! Happy to hear you love it too! 🙂