Whether you are potty training or your little one is potty trained, it may be a little while until they can safely or independently use the “big potty” on their own. I know that even though my daughter is very tall for her age I still prefer her to have a toddler seat or potty to use as it asllows her more independence and reduces the fall-in the-toilet-bowl risk (which we have thankfull avoided thus far).
I had the opportunity last fall to review the Prince Lionheart PottyPOD (see PottyPOD review here) and it has been the toilet my daughter has predominantly used until this point. My husband, on the other hand, believes that “it” smells worse in the separate toddler potties than in the toilet water so he would often grab for a potty seat when he helped her go to the bathroom. I rarely if ever used the potty seat, because it wobbled, had seams for all sorts of ickies to get stuck in and didn’t hang on the potty hook I bought, because the handles were on the sides. When I had the opportunity to pick my review items from Prince Lionheart this winter I decided the WeePOD may be the a great option to review for our family and to compare the two potties for families who are deciding which to purchase.
The beloved PottyPOD moved to our master bathroom so my daughter had the option to use it when we were reading stories or hanging out in the master bedroom, and the WeePOD went in the hall bathroom to be put to the test. I love that it has a comfortable seat, is generously sized with a knob to adjust the fit (no wobbling here!), is smooth so it’s easy to wipe clean and the seat can be separated from the base to get any runaway messes so you know it’s clean. Since my toddler loves to do things “all my by myself” we have managed to get some of the base portion dirty, but as I mentioned before the seat cushion is removable so I can get it cleaned up and know that none of it is hiding in an unreachable crevice. The WeePOD also hangs on the potty hook I had purchased forever ago so guests can still use the bathroom.
The WeePOD saves a lot of space in our hall bathroom so we don’t have to trip over or take the potty chair out of the bathroom for bathtime, which has been a big plus. My daughter can climb up on it with her step stool and because it doesn’t wobble she sits securely and doesn’t get her delicate bottom or fingers pinched. It seems equally comfortable for her as the PottyPOD (both are made of the same cushy material) and rather than having the removable “splash guard” the front of the WeePOD contours up higher for added protection. This is nice, because my daughter would fiddle around with the deflector shield on the PottyPOD and remove it from time to time—not a huge deal, but another pro for the WeePOD.
If I had to choose between the two models I would lean towards the WeePOD for our family, but my main reasons are to save space in the small hall bathroom and because my daughter is old enough and tall enough to climb up on it without assistance (most of the time). If you have a younger or smaller child you will either have to lift them up on the chair every time they need to go, or consider the PottyPOD instead. Now that I have both models I plan on using them in the two separate bathrooms and when my baby boy hits his potty using days I will probably start him on the PottyPOD, although both would work well since kids are heavily supervised in the early training stages anyways, so lifting them on the WeePOD versus having them sit on the PottyPOD may not be that much more effort.
So in summary, the two potties are pretty comparable and it really comes down to space and personal preferences when deciding between them (or you can get one of each for different bathrooms like we have or start with the PottyPOD and graduate to the WeePOD).
*Toddlers can get on and off by themselves and the height can also be adjusted slightly as they grow.
*Sturdy and comfortable.
*The easy to grab removable bowl is treated to inhibit the growth of microorganisms.
*Takes up a bit of space compared to an on-the-toilet seat like the WeePOD.
*The catch bowl does have a limit to how much it can hold. Although this is not an issue 95% of the time, they will occasionally have a large bowel movement and pee that may end up touching their little bottoms or making a mess.
*Sturdy fit on toilet seat and comfortable.
*Pee deflector is built in to the contour of the front of the seat, so there are no removable parts for curious hands.
*#1s and #2s go straight in the toilet water, minimizing odor and clean-up.
*Most children will need assistance getting on the WeePOD especially when they are young and even some older kids will still need a stepstool.