About a year ago, I reviewed the Fisher-Price Royal Potty and the Fisher-Price Royal Potty Step Stool. At the time, I liked both potties quite a bit. But since then, we have disposed of the original Royal Potty after realizing that the shield didn’t work that well and urine frequently leaked out onto the floor (note: this probably wouldn’t be a problem with a girl).
In the last year, the Royal Potty Step Stool has worked well. Urine doesn’t leak out of this version, and it’s fairly easy to clean. You can also use it as a step stool for boys when they pee in the toilet while standing up. One caveat: we found that the fanfare function never worked right (and didn’t make much difference to Alex) so we simply turned it off.
The second potty in our house now is the Safety 1st Comfy Cushy 3-in-1 Potty. My chief complaint about the Safety 1st potty is the lid that comes with it. It looks from the picture like they might have altered it a little so the lid is flatter, but the lid that came with the one we have has deep sides. A child can’t lean back on it, and it nearly doubles the potty’s footprint when it’s up. Our solution to the problems created by the lid was simply to remove it. Removing the lid does eliminate the option of using the potty as a step stool, but we keep a small IKEA stool in our bathroom for Alex to stand on when he pees.
The Safety 1st stool has a rubber ring to sit on, which is fairly easy to clean and seems comfortable to sit on. However, the ring will discolor and crack if not thoroughly dried before being replaced on the potty. The potty bucket is easy to remove and clean.
Overall, the Fisher-Price Royal Potty Step Stool and Safety 1st Comfy Cushy 3-in-1 Potty have served our needs well. However, I can’t help but wonder if we could have chosen better. If you have used a potty that you (and your child) absolutely loved, please let me know in the comments!