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Best Travel Potties for Babies Who Gotta Go On-the-Go

by Kitty O’Callaghan


Best Travel Potties for Babies Who Gotta Go On-the-Go
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All aboard the potty train! Go ahead and get comfortable, because once you get on board with potty training, you’re in for a long journey. There will be lots of starts and stops and, of course, a few accidents along the way—and that’s just at home. But what about when you’re going to a playdate at the park or a trip to the grocery store or anywhere, for that matter, beyond a five-minute radius from your own bathroom? No worries. Travel potties, also known as portable potties, bring the bathroom to you.

 

 

Best Classic Travel Potty Seat: BabyBjorn Toilet Trainer

 

Best Packable Travel Potty Seat: PRIMO Folding Potty Seat With Handles

 

Best Light And Cushy Travel Potty Seat: Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat

 

Best 2-In-1 Travel Potty Chair: OXO Tot 2-In-1 Go Potty For Travel

 

Best Easy-To-Clean Travel Potty Chair: BabyBjorn Smart Potty Seat

 

Best Travel Potty Chair For The Car: Summer Infant Time-To-Go Travel Potty

 

 

What to Consider When Buying a Travel Potty

 

There are lots of take-along toilets on the market, and these can be real lifesavers (and car seat savers and clothing savers…). Finding the right travel potty — or potties — really depends on a couple of key factors.

 

First, your lifestyle. Where are you most likely to make a potty stop? Will you be traveling by car, stroller or public transportation? If you’re driving everywhere, for example, you can afford to bring along a larger potty chair. If you will carry the potty in a diaper bag or under a stroller, on the other hand, you’ll probably want to choose a seat that folds flat and comes with a carrying case.

 

Second, you need to consider your child’s individual preference. You’re looking for a potty that feels right, both physically and psychologically. While it’s not difficult to match your child’s bottom to the potty seat (just have him pop a squat), it’s not as easy to predict what travel potty seat your child will actually want to use. That is always, forgive the phrase, a crap shoot, so be sure to check the retailer’s return policy.

 

To start your search, you should know about the two different categories for travel potties:

 

        •  Potty chair

This is a lightweight, personal perch for your child. It stands alone as its own child-sized potty and does not have a removable seat to use on an adult toilet. A kid-sized chair is less intimidating for a child, as it’s the right height, its smaller seat and opening fits tiny bums better and there is no flush to trigger a regressive freak-out. Getting rid of waste with chair potties generally works one of two ways: It either uses a disposable bag that is secured to the seat, which is a useful design for stops along the highway or places where you don’t have access to running water. Or the potty has a removable inner basin that can be emptied into a regular toilet and rinsed out when the deed is done.

 

        • Seat-on-seat

This type of portable potty is just the seat and nothing but the seat. It’s a child-sized ring that you secure on top of a regular toilet seat so that your kid can sit comfortably without worrying about a scary splashdown. These seats take up very little room, are very light and, when tucked inside a travel bag, are very discreet. They work everywhere that offers a restroom, like a grocery store, an airport or a library. And they are relatively inexpensive, so you can always stash one at Grandma’s house.

 

Here is our roundup of the best seats that will help you keep your child’s potty training on track.

 

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Best Classic Travel Potty Seat

BabyBjorn Toilet Trainer

Price:$35.00

The iconic BabyBjorn trainer seat (not to be confused with the stand-alone chair) hasn’t changed much over the years, and for good reason: It’s simple, stylish and parents love it. The seat has an adjustment dial and rubber edges underneath to make sure that you get a secure fit to any toilet. It features an ergonomic molded plastic seat that rises in the back to keep bottoms in the right place and an angled splash guard for less mess. Finally a convenient carry handle in the back makes it easy to put on and take off. This isn’t the cheapest portable seat out there, but it is the most reliable.

Specifications:
Seat measures 14” x 11.5” x 3.5”

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“My son loves sitting on the seat because it doesn't move when it's on the toilet, he looks comfortable sitting on it, and it's just the right size for him. This was the best tool I have used so far to potty train with success.”

“We love this potty chair, its easy to clean, easy to transport with and great for training boys.”

“We purchased this toilet seat, which easily snaps on to our existing toilet seat. This gave my daughter confidence and made her more comfortable sitting on the toilet by herself.”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Packable Travel Potty Seat

PRIMO Folding Potty Seat with Handles

Price:$9.00

The PRIMO Folding Potty Seat with Handles is an ultra-slim plastic seat that offers fold-and-go convenience. Three no-pinch hinges open the seat that lies flat with four non-skid pads to keep it in place. When you’re done, just fold it up into thirds (the dirty sides stay facing in) and tuck it away in a zip-top bag or other travel bag. It also has side handles for extra balance and security. True, this isn’t the cushiest seat on the market (in fact, it’s not cushy at all), but the PRIMO is definitely the most portable, not to mention the most affordable.

Specifications:
Seat measures 2” x 14” x 1.5” and weighs 9.6 oz.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I absolutely love this folding potty chair. I purchased a small bag to carry it and I also have a zip-lock of Clorox wipes in the bag with me whenever we leave the house. I just wipe it down after we use it and throw the chair back into the bag. I feel confident taking my child to any public toilet knowing she will stay clean.”

“This is one of those "must have" items because it's IMPOSSIBLE to get a toddler to go #2 while sitting uncomfortably on a public toilet without this. I originally bought this for a long trip that involved air travel (and lots of public restrooms), but we use it everywhere now. It's a permanent staple in my ‘going out’ bag.”

“It folds up small enough to fit in our small diaper bag (a kids mini backpack) and nobody even knows we have it. In the bathroom, I just open it up and put it on the seat. I love the handles for her to hold so she doesn't touch the dirty toilet.”

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Best Light and Cushy Travel Potty Seat

Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat

Price:$19.00

The Dreambaby Soft Touch ditches hard plastic in favor of contoured foam, which is a comfy option for little bottoms. Another plus: Foam isn’t ice cold! (Hey, it’s the little things.) The foam helps the seat stay in place without needing rubber grips, and the high sides and tall splash guard lessen the mess. You’ll need to help your child climb over that to sit, but we’re assuming you’re going into the stall with her, right?

Specifications:
Seat measures 10.2” x 12.6” x 2.4” and weighs 14 oz
Holds up to 40 lbs.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“I can put this seat on our toilet and take it off with one hand, it does not slide, easy to clean, and looks simple and nice.”

“This was the first one that my son didn't, um, shall we say, ‘spray’ up and over, and onto my bathroom floor on!”

“It's nice and soft and once they're on it, it seems comfortable and safe. It also doesn't slide all over the toilet like the plastic ones do”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best 2-in-1 Travel Potty Chair

OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel

Price:$20.00

This potty really works wherever you need it, from roadside to restaurant or even going camping. For pit stops when you can’t find a restroom, the OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go works as a chair, with two sturdy flip-down legs and disposable bags with absorbent pads (it comes with three) that cover the seat and are attached at the sides. When a bathroom is handy, like at a park, the grocery store or a neighbor’s house, the legs pull up and the seat fits on the regular toilet. When not in use, the legs fold in and the seat is stored in its own travel bag.

Specifications:
Potty measures 3.3” x 10.6” x 12.1” and weighs 1.5 lbs.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“For potty training this really is essential. Now we can leave the house and not worry. Toddler says ‘pee!’ and we can accommodate. Useful in a public bathroom, parking lot, side of the road, etc.”

“An unexpected plus is that my daughter likes to hold the side of the toilet seat when she goes to the bathroom and its nice because she can actually put her hands on the flip out legs and I don't have to worry about her touching the public bathroom at all.”

“Seriously, I keep in my car. So easy to pull over and let the child use this and not run into a store.It folds out and can use on any potty to keep them from falling. It is VERY easy to take to the beach, or camping or even to a friends house.”

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Best Easy-to-Clean Travel Potty Chair

BabyBjorn Smart Potty Seat

Price:$20.00

This low-back version of the BabyBjorn classic throne is perfect for bigger kids who need a sturdier seat. It’s also good for kids who aren’t fans of using adult-size toilets yet or who are more comfortable using the same potty seat they use at home. The outside is made with one piece of molded plastic — no flimsy legs. And the base has a rubber grip surround to keep it in place. The only other piece is the removable interior basin, which is easy to empty and clean.

Specifications:
Potty measures 10” x 12.5” x 7” and weighs 18 oz.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“Our son enjoys using it and his feet are able to touch the floor in a proper position.”

“I have a 40 lb two year old. This potty is very sturdy, well made, and is easy to clean.”

“My son is able to use it all by himself and it's easy to clean. I love that it's only two pieces. Plus, it fits like every size of child. Perfect potty chair!”

Image Credits: Amazon

Best Travel Potty Chair for the Car

Summer Infant Time-to-Go Travel Potty

Price:$10.00

This travel chair is great for emergency stops or for times when your only choice of restroom is less appealing than going in the woods. This is a very low chair, with a very low price tag, which means you can stash it in the car, the stroller and your travel bag. It assembles easily (two pieces) and comes with five disposable liners and a carrying case. The seat may not be ideal for a bigger kid’s bottom. That said, comfort isn’t always a top priority and when the **bleep** hits the fan, this mini potty has your back. Specifications: Potty measures 8” x 4.8” x 7.8” and weighs 8 oz.

Specifications:
Potty measures 8” x 4.8” x 7.8” and weighs 8 oz.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
“It comes in a travel case and it's small, so we keep it in the back of the mini-van. Several times over the past couple of weeks we've had to make a quick exit and pull into a nearby parking lot and set it up so she can use it in inside the mini-van. It works in a pinch and means we can avoid entering a fast food place provoking a tantrum over french fries.”

“It is a game changer when there is no bathroom around. Great for newly trained kids who can't hold it until you get to a bathroom.”

“Love love love this potty seat! Small enough to fit in the back of the car and very practical for emergencies. We used it all summer long at the beach”