Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Tried and Tested Potty Training Aids

Product: Sainsburys Little Ones Pull On Pants
Price: £4.29 for 22
Available from: Sainsbury's Supermarkets
Suitable From: Whenever your little one is ready for potty training. 

Initial Reaction: My initital reaction of these pull ups was the packaging is bright and attractive and the pants were cute in design and soft to touch. 

  • Easy to pull up. 
  • Soft on your babies skin and neat fitting. 
  • Keeps them reasonably dry for extended periods of time with little accidents. 

  • Leaked ever so slightly once.

Value for Money:  These were pretty reasonable value for money and much cheaper than the leading brands. 

Overall Reaction:  Overall we liked these Pull Ons. They were very soft and very cute. Caleb liked trying them out. We only had the one leakage but this may be due to him not really being that ready for potty training. We were really just giving it a go with no pressure. I think if your little one was really ready they'd be great value for money and a good cheaper option. 

By Julie 

Product: Pampers Easy Up Pants.

Price :They retail in around £6.49.  It may seem slightly more expensive to some people but I've used Pampers for both kids and swear by them.

Available from: They're widely available from mostly all chemists and supermarkets which is very handy.

Suitable from: They are suitable from whenever you're little one shows the first signs of being able to potty train.

Pros: The pants were super handy for pulling up and down easily when I was taking him to the toilet and we loved them when Daddy took him swimming as they're a lot easier in a changing room to pull on rather than lying a squirming toddler down to try and put a nappy back on. They kept him super dry too with accidents and as Caleb is only starting out we had lots of them. They're lovely and soft and the cute design is fun. 

Cons: The only down side I can find to pampers is the price. They are pretty steep price wise and in this current financial climate that's not always a good thing. People are always looking for a bargain. Top tip though would be find out where the offers are and stock up.

Value for money: Personally though I love them and generally stick to Pampers for nappies and pants regardless of the price as I believe they're worth the money. I've yet to be persuaded otherwise.

Overall reaction: We love pampers and use them mostly all the time and as Caleb's at the stage of thinking about potty training I thought this was a great opportunity to try out some pants.We were super grateful to be asked to try these pants out and loved them. Lets hope the potty training goes well.

By Julie

Price: £8
Available from: Jojo Maman Bebe

Initial Reaction: Small , cute looking

Pros: It is eco-friendly , ridged , high backed for extra support and a large splash guard.

Cons: Rather small

Value for money? Yes

Overall Reaction:  It looks nicer than plastic potties, I loved the high back and it looked comfier than normal ones and the fact that it is eco-friendly. Was heavier than plastic potties (but not to heavy) and less likely to be accidently knocked over. My kids all liked it and wanted the old one thrown away straight away. My son (age 2 ) thinks it is great fun and loves sitting in it and carrying it around – now if I can just find a way to make him go in it lol 

Product: Pourty Potty – The Potty that pours
Price: £9.99
Available from: Tesco Direct, Amazon, Jojo Maman Bebe, NCT, Bump to 3 and independent retailers.

Initial Reaction: It looked really solid, make from quite thick plastic. The pourty looks strange to start with because of the pourer at the back but you get past that quickly. BG’s said “wow a purple potty”

  • Pourer on the back
  • No spills
  • No Splashes
  • No mess
  • High sides so no splash back
  • Good size
  • Sturdy
  • Good height
  • Comes in a range of colours

  • Rather large when taking out

Value for money? It is a bit more expensive than some potties though I have seen them much more expensive. It’s made from thick sturdy plastic and the pourer out the back means its well worth the money.

Overall Reaction:  BG likes using this potty, she loves the colour and its supports her even when she twists around it doesn't buckle or tip. My OH laughed when I said we were getting a potty that pours, but after using a standard potty and getting splashed he loves it now! Even the in-laws think it’s a great potty.
By Carol

Product: My Carry Potty – The portable potty

Price: from £17.50
Available from: Jo Jo Maman Bebe, Kiddicare, Amazon, Born, Cheeky Rascals

Initial Reaction:  It looked nice and compact but I was worried it would leak but I shouldn’t have. BG wouldn’t put it down and carried it everywhere!

  • Lightweight
  • Leak proof
  • No smells leak out
  • Seals really tight
  • Has a handle to carry around
  • Comfortable to sit on
  • Easy to Clean

  • Hard to open, it does say in the instructions that it can be difficult to open but on a few occasions I have had accidents when opening it.

Value for money?  It is more expensive that a standard potty, however it can be used at home and on the go.  Also with standard travel potties you have to but liners etc with this you don’t.

Overall Reaction : This is a great potty, BG loves to use when at home and when she is out. It’s great to be able to shut it and not worry about leakage if you get caught away from a toilet, trust me it’s not fun. I would say make sure that you keep it flat once it is full as it can get messy when you open it. 

 By Carol

Price:  from £4.95
Available from:  Bambino Mio, Kidicare,

Initial Reaction:  When we were choosing a potty for BG we bought two this one and Winnie the Pooh potty. I thought this one would be ideal to take out with us and the other would be for at home. BG preferred this one!

  • Compact
  • Sturdy
  • Splash Guard
  • Handle at the back

  • None

Value for money? Yes

Overall Reaction:  This is a great no frills potty, BG took to this one straight away. I was a little concerned when we got it home she would be too big for it but she isn’t.  Does what you need it to do. 
By Carol

Product: Disney Winnie the Pooh Potty
Price:  £5.79
Available from:  Kiddicare

Initial Reaction: Nice high back, I thought this would be ideal for BG as she loves Winnie the Pooh.


  • High Back


  • Flimsy
  • Buckles when BG sat on it
  • Made from thin plastic

Value for money? No

Overall Reaction:  I really thought this would be the potty for BG but it’s really flimsy and as soon as BG sat on it, it buckled to one side. I was really disappointed as both me and my MIL bought one and it was useless. 

By Carol

Price:  From £3.50
Available from:  Amazon

Initial Reaction:  I thought this was the answer to my problem with BG having accidents in the buggy and car seat.

  • Easy to fit
  • Catches crumbs
  • Keeps seat clean
  • Washes well

  • Liquid pools on top of the protector and then drips onto seat.

Value for money? Yes

Overall Reaction:  As a seat protector from dirt and crumbs it’s great. BG often drops raisins etc on to her and seat and it’s great to be able to whip this off and clean it off. As a seat protector when you are potty training I found it useless, liquid pooled and then leaked on the seat on several occasions. It’s just not absorbent. 
by Carol

Dry Like Me is a disposable toilet training pad that fits in a child’s own pants, designed to capture small accidents, and help parents and children manage the stress and mess of toilet training
Price:  £3.49 for 18
Available from:  ASDA, Morrison and Wilkinson

Initial Reaction: I was worried they would hamper BG’s potty training as we have gone cold turkey on nappies during the day, however they didn't. 

  • Easy to fit
  • Great for little accidents
  • Quickly Absorbed
  • Catches solid matter
  • Comes with a plastic pouch to carry them in.

  • Quite bulky
  • Won’t take a full bladder

Value for money? Yes

Overall Reaction:  These are great for those long journeys when it’s not always easy to stop and get the potty out straight away. It catches small accidents and fits into knickers/pants. They are really easy to fit and remove. 

By Carol

Price: £4.46 for 12
Available from:  Most supermarkets

Initial Reaction:  They looked a good size though a little thin

  • Really absorbent
  • Can be used a changing mat, under potties, under sleeping toddlers and to mop up mess.
  • Folds up small to fit in bag.

  • None

Value for money?  Yes

Overall Reaction:  These were a saviour for that first week of potty training, I had one under the potty and it absorbed all spills and accidents. I also slipped one under BG when she was napping and it saved my sofa. We have also used them in the buggy and the carseat, you just need to do some fancy folding. A must have product for potty training. They also make a bigger size for beds but we haven’t braved a nappy less night yet! 

By Carol 

Price: RRP £35.99
Available from:  Amazon, John Lewis, Toys Direct, Toys R Us 

Initial Reaction:  This arrived after a disastrous first day of potty training and I prayed this would help.

  • Comes with a potty
  • Comes with feeding equipment including food
  • Wee’s and Cry
  • Water proof
  • Clothes can be removed
  • Colour changing effect on face
  • Durable

  • Scary looking
  • Cost

Value for money?  I find all dolls expensive. It does come with a lot of accessories. Expensive for a potty training aid.

Overall Reaction:  This doll really helped with BG’s potty training. We tried putting her dolls on her potty but she didn’t like it but she liked that baby had her own potty. She wanted to copy the baby and started to use her potty as well. It’s actually a great little doll, BG likes feeding and cleaning her. BG carries her around with her a lot. The only downside is BG tries to use the baby potty!!
 By Carol 

If you have any potty training aids you would like the panel to test email Carol at 

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