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Ds is 2.75yo. He has just started pee'ing in the toilet on his potty seat (the cushy kind, kwim?) the last couple days. (I unintentionally bribed him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Is it really bad if I didn't mean to? lol). We have a step stool that he can put his feet on, and it seems like he's perfectly comfortable sitting on the toilet. He sits there LONG after he pees, and asks us to keep reading books (he knows we'd read books anywhere. lol)<br><br>
Should I bother getting a potty chair? Is it a good idea to have one that he could use totally by himself?<br>
I'm not sure at this point that he'd be able to move the step stool in front of the toilet, put the seat on, and get up on the seat over the splash guard. So maybe a potty seat would be a good idea?<br>
I just don't want to waste money if its hardly going to get used, kwim?
 

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I don't think you need to bother. They can be a pain to clean, I've heard, and it's not like using a potty chair is a skill he'll ever need in the future.<br><br>
If you're going to do a lot of car trips this summer, on of those foldable potties you can put grocery bags in could be worth having.
 

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hmmm...yeah, I guess if he's already happy going on the toilet, why mess with success, right? lol<br><br>
But then I wonder if a potty chair would be easier?? Maybe by the time he's interested in doing it himself, he'll be able to get on the toilet by himself anyways, though.<br>
Thanks!<br><br>
Any other opinions?
 

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As long as he can get on and off himself, I would say no. We have the opposite problem where DD can get on and off the regular potty with a stepstool but won't at home because she seems to be afraid of it. The problem is that she won't use the potty when we go out so we have to stick to pullups then. She will use the big potty at school so I am not sure what is up with that.<br><br>
Your DS will have to use the big potty IRL so why use a little potty?<br><br>
Oh, and I used an M&M once with DD and it got us over the hump. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: She now uses the potty without bribes/praise. Although she does brag afterwards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Alright, cool. I can deal with saving $30 lol. He can't really get on and off by himself, but I think by the time he wants to, he will be able to (he's really close as it is).<br><br>
Yeah, the candy kinda did get us over a hump. I think he really was ready to get on the potty, he just was maybe afraid of something maybe? I have a feeling he was thinking that once he used the potty, he had to give up his diapers? Even though we told him otherwise. So the candy kinda made him forget to be afraid. Something like that. lol<br>
Ah well. I guess if he wasn't ready to go potty, he wouldn't have been so keen on taking my bribe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We bought a potty seat, but never really used it. They learned how to use the big potty from the beginning. If you only have one bathroom it might be a pain, but we just left the step stool where it was and potty seat on the toilet all the time. Now they don't need the step stool, but the Dora potty seat is still on all the time.<br><br>
I did keep the little potty in the back of my car for road trips for a while though so in that respect it was good to have. There were plenty of times my DD's needed to go potty while I was getting gas and it was nice not to have to unstrap them all and go inside.
 

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DS can't get on the insert-seat by himself either, but since he pees standing up it's not an issue -- he can go pee by himself, and we just help him get on the seat for pooping.<br><br>
I wouldn't want to start cleaning out a potty chair -- I much prefer having the waste going directly into the receptacle, so if your DS is okay with doing it that way, using a potty chair seems like a step backwards to me.
 

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We have a baby bjorn little potty for ds (now 3.5). We started using it occasionally when he was only a few months old and we'd catch an occasional pee and poop. We still have one in the bathrooms and one in the living room. He prefers to do all his business in the little potty and doesn't like to use a regular toilet. He's obviously too big for it, but I guess it's more familiar and comfortable, plus we have another baby around now so I'm just leaving them all out so baby #2 can see how the whole potty thing works. I guess if your child is perfectly happy on a regular potty seat on the toilet, that's a lot easier for the parent, and I wouldn't worry about a little potty (though ours has come in handy on MANY occasions while we're traveling...). Kids learn to use what they have available.
 

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Good point. I hadn't really thought about that!<br>
We have (had) 2 baby bjorn little potties, but I sold one today, and the other one I'm holding for someone else. Ds won't sit on them for anything. lol.<br>
Though I may keep my eye out for a potty on craigslist or something, just to keep in the van when we travel- that's a great idea!
 

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You might see if he could climb up onto the toilet and sit backwards, facing it, to go. My DS is just over 2 and SHOCKED me by doing that himself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He can even do it without a stool <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He can't climb up onto his potty seat b/c it slips (even with the supposed non-slip sticker things) so he just gets on and faces backwards. It works great! We also didn't put the splash guard on the seat since he doesn't seem to need it - I'm sure boys are different but if you don't need it it could help to remove it.<br><br>
HTH a little <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I also agree with not going to a chair <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
OH I also have to add that we also have a couple of BBLPs - they've been in my closet since I stopped attempting EC <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Well DS found them a few days ago and has enjoyed peeing in the living room <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I say whatever keeps my floor clean, since he has a lot of naked time and would pee on the floor if he didn't want to stop what he was doing. SO in that respect, a little potty is better than the floor! But again, if he'll go in the big potty, stick with that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We only ever used the toilet - my son was never interested in the potty chair but was really interested in imitating his Dad. He therefore never learned to pee sitting down either, which seemed like it made things easier in the long run. My son toilet learned very easily and I think part of it is that he watches us.
 

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I never bought a potty seat - they totally ick me out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> My kids PT'd very early too - DD1 wore her last diaper at 19 months & at that age did just fine on the big toilet.
 

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The only reason we have a potty chair is for the car and park. Dd hass learned on the big potty. The only time it was a problem was when I was 8 months pregnant and needed to pee and dd would insist on going first. I peed in many a pair of pants as a result <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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ooohhhh, backwards! good idea!
 

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My son trained just after he turned 2, and never had interest in the potty seat. He wanted to use the big toilet like mom and dad. That being said, we trained him to sit backwards on the seat, adn he'd spread his legs apart. He never fell in and it worked out great! He doesn't do the backwards thing anymore, but it was handy for when he was smaller.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only time it was a problem was when I was 8 months pregnant and needed to pee and dd would insist on going first. I peed in many a pair of pants as a result <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I know, I've had times when I'm dying to just move a dawdling DS off the potty because I feel like I'm about to burst! Or we'll walk in the door and I'll race to the potty while telling DS to take his shoes off just so that I can go first. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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