Last Updated: October 2, 2020
Potty training your child can be quite intimidating for kids. Making matters worse, the toilet isn’t sized for a child’s tiny butt. The hole in the seat is too large and they can fall in! But a toddler’s toilet seat makes it much easier for your child to use the toilet by resizing and shaping the surface to better fit their little bodies.
But the potty-training experience isn’t the same with all toddler’s toilet seats. Some of them slide around and can be just as scary for your kid. Others cause messes that you’ll have to repeatedly clean.
To make potty training go as smoothly as possible, we wanted to find the best toddler’s toilet seat that kids would be comfortable and safe on that also didn’t inconvenience adults when they need to make use of the toilet. We compared a lot of units, and the following 10 reviews will share what we learned to help you decide which seat is right for your family.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||TOPSEAT TinyHiney Potty||
|Best Value||Munchkin 16143 Sturdy||
|Premium Choice||MAYFAIR 88SLOW NextStep2||
|OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty||
|Summer Infant 11530 2-in-1||
The 10 Best Toilet Seats for Toddlers – Reviews 2020
1. TOPSEAT TinyHiney Potty Toilet Seat – Best Overall
Offering a more convenient way to potty train your toddler, the TinyHiney Potty Toilet Seat from Topseat was our favorite of all the seats we tried. Unlike many seats that have to be removed for an adult to use the toilet, this seat is a permanent fixture that features two separate seats; one for adults and one for kids. When an adult needs to use the toilet, they can simply lift the kids’ seat like a lid and the adult seat is right underneath.
Unlike some seats we tested that were made of flimsy plastic, this seat is built from wood, giving it a solid feel like it’s built to last. The hinge is made from metal, which makes the seat much more durable since many other models seemed to break at the hinges. All of this adds up to a three-year warranty showing how well-built this seat is.
Since the seat is heavy it can slam, so kids need to be careful. Luckily, the toddler seat has bumpers to protect their fingers. Kids seem to feel safer on this seat than others. It doesn’t move or slide, which can help boost your child’s confidence about using the toilet.
2. Munchkin 16143 Sturdy Potty Seat – Best Value
If you’re looking for the easiest inexpensive solution to get the job done, then you might be after the Munchkin 16143 Sturdy Potty Seat. It costs considerably less than some of the other seats we liked most. Despite the lower price, it’s a great fit for kids and makes potty training easier, safer, and fun, which is why we think it’s the best toilet seat for toddlers for the money.
To make sure the seat doesn’t slip around and scare your toddler, this one has a non-skid edge that keeps it firmly in place. On the top, the shape is contoured to keep your child in place as well. And if they need a bit more stability, handles on either side give them a great gripping point.
The biggest issue we had with this seat is that it must be removed for an adult to use the toilet, which means it must be replaced if a child needs to use it again. It’s a minor inconvenience that’s made worse if your child can’t move the seat on their own. At least it stands on its own so you don’t need to install a hanging hook your kid can’t reach!
3. MAYFAIR 88SLOW NextStep2 Toilet Seat – Premium Choice
The MAYFAIR 88SLOW NextStep2 Toilet Seat is one of the most expensive toddler toilet seats we tested, but it’s also one of our absolute favorites because of how convenient it is. With this seat, you don’t have to remove or replace anything. With separate seats for kids and adults, you can just lift the child’s seat out of the way when you need to use the toilet. But the adult’s seat is a little on the small side for some people.
What really makes this seat special is its slow-closing feature. This lid won’t slam. Instead, it closes slowly every time, ensuring that fingers don’t get smashed and the loud noise doesn’t scare your kid away from wanting to use the potty again. Couple that with the enamel coating that prevents chipping and scratches and this is a toilet seat that should last a long time.
Your child will feel safe on this toilet because their seat will never slide or budge. It’s very stable but can still be removed when your child is ready to use the full-size seat. The STA-TITE fastening system keeps the seat held firm, so it won’t loosen and slide like some that we tested.
4. OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty
More than just a potty seat for toddlers, the OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty also doubles as a portable potty for when emergencies happen on the go. Just put a plastic bag on it, tucking the ends into the flexible flaps to hold it in place, and you’ve got a toddler potty wherever you need it. But when you’re near a real toilet, you can flip the legs out and place the OXO tot on the toilet for use as a regular toddler toilet seat.
Unlike some seats that didn’t fit every toilet we tried, this one seems to fit pretty much any toilet. But it’s not very secure and tends to slide around more than some others. Still, it’s an affordable toddler toilet seat with a nearly-universal fit that can stand as a toilet on its own when needed. But to be fair, the legs are a bit short, so it can be a little awkward for some kids to use.
5. Summer Infant 11530 2-in-1 Toilet Training Seat
This 2-in-1 Toilet Training Seat from Summer Infant is a great concept, but it’s not built very well. It features two separate seats; one for kids and one for adults. This is great, but the seat is constructed from thin, flimsy plastic. The whole thing feels very cheap, and if you were to stand on the lid while it was closed, it would very likely break.
We like that you don’t have to remove and replace the lid for people of different sizes, just lift the children’s lid out of the way. But other flaws in this seat’s design prevented it from being one of our favorites.
The biggest flaw we found is the cheap plastic hardware that holds the seat to the toilet. They aren’t strong enough to keep the seat still. In fact, they broke after about a week of use and we had to find some stronger replacements. Even still, the seat never felt fully secure because it’s just too flimsy. Though we like the design, we would recommend a better-built seat instead, such as the TOPSEAT TinyHiney at the top of this list.
6. Jool Baby Products TTS-A Potty Training Seat
Affordable and simple, the Jool Baby Products TTS-A Potty Training Seat is usable, though not ideal based on our testing. It sits inside of the hole in your toilet’s existing seat, providing a smaller, more appropriately shaped seat for a toddler’s tiny behind. But if an adult needs to use the toilet, they’ll have to remove the seat entirely to get access.
There’s a splash guard built into the front of this seat that’s supposed to prevent messes. But we found that was causing all of the pee to fill the space between the toilet seat and the toddler seat. Once you remove the toddler seat to use the toilet, you’re going to have to clean up all that pee each time.
Since you have to remove it for adults to use the toilet, you need to store this seat somewhere. To that end, a hook is included that allows you to hang it on the wall. Make sure you hang it low so your kid can reach! Even still, some kids may have a hard time putting this seat on by themselves, so you might have to assist every time they need to use the bathroom.
7. The First Years Y10312CA1 Disney Soft Potty Seat
Thanks to the Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck design on this potty seat, toddlers get excited to use the toilet instead of scared. The handles built into the sides help by letting your kid hold on for stability. And unlike many of the hard seats we tested, this one is cushioned to make it more comfortable for your child.
But that cushion creates a bit of a problem. It tends to stick to your kid’s butt, causing the whole seat to come off as your child stands. This can throw off their balance and cause them to fall, which won’t make them feel any more confident about using the potty. Often, this results in the cushion disconnecting from the hard plastic base. After several incidents, the cushion wouldn’t properly attach to the base again and the seat lost a lot of its usability.
We were able to fit this potty seat on every toilet we tested. But it shifts a lot, never really finding a secure fit. Though kids may like the design, we don’t like the way this seat functions, so we’d skip it for one that’s a bit more stable.
8. PandaEar Portable-Travel Toilet Seat
Potty training is an all-the-time endeavor. Whenever and wherever your child needs to go, the PandaEar Portable Travel Toilet Seat can go with you. It’s compact and dirt-cheap, with a dead-simple design.
On the bottom, anti-slip rubber ensures it doesn’t move around. A splash guard prevents pee from making a mess. Well, it’s supposed to. The splash guard is too small to be effective and we still had plenty of messes to clean.
The biggest problem though is that this seat doesn’t fit all toilets. Many times, we tried to use this seat and it just wouldn’t fit. For a seat designed to be taken with you, this seriously hampers its usefulness.
9. BABYBJORN Toilet Trainer Seat
The BABYBJORN Toilet Trainer Seat is a simple place-on seat that sits on your existing seat. But it costs several times what similar devices go for. Part of that is due to the adjustment ring that helps to hold this seat snug on toilets with different sized holes. This did prevent the seat from sliding around, =but we noticed that it wouldn’t hold sizing well, which makes it a lot less appealing.
Since you have to remove this seat for an adult to use the toilet, a hanging handle was built-in for easier storage. There’s also a splash guard in the front, but this one isn’t effective. It’s too short and seemed to cause more mess than it prevented.
10. Potty Training Toilet Seat with Step Stool Ladder
Finding a seat that fits your tiny toddler is only one part of the potty-training battle. Just getting all the way up to the seat is difficult for most little ones, which is why this seat has a step stool built-in. Plus, it’s got a design and color that will be appealing to children.
On the other hand, that step makes this a very large seat, so it will take up a lot of your bathroom. And it’s more of a pain to remove each time an adult needs to use the toilet because of its larger size.
We also noticed that this seat isn’t very universal. It wouldn’t fit several toilets we tried it on. And the splash guard in the front was completely ineffective, leaving mess after mess for us to clean.
When you’re purchasing a toilet seat for your toddler, you have to consider how that seat is going to affect everyone who uses the bathroom. After trying so many of these toddler toilet seats, we’ve found that there are two main types. They’re both useful, though they each offer different advantages, which we’re going to discuss to ensure you pick the right seat for your family.
Removable Toddler Toilet Seats
These are the seats that most people are likely familiar with. They sit on top of your existing seat with some part usually sitting inside the seat to hold it stable.
Generally, removable seats tend to be the cheaper choice. They’re also very simple and don’t require any installation.
The downside is that for anyone else to use the toilet, they’ll have to remove the toddler seat. If a child needs to use the toilet, they’ll have to replace the seat. But if they can’t do it on their own, then you’ll need to help them each time.
Once you remove the seat, it must be stored somewhere accessible without taking up too much of your bathroom. Many have hanging handles, but this requires putting a hole in your bathroom wall.
We also noticed that this type of seat tends to trap a lot of pee between the toddler seat and the toilet seat. You’ll have to clean that up before you use the toilet each time. Hopefully, you don’t get it all over your hands when you remove the seat!
These seats can be taken with you when you leave the house since they’re not permanently attached to your toilet. But they might not fit every toilet you encounter, so keep that in mind. Also, many of these seats don’t sit very steadily, so they can slide and move, scaring your child.
2-in-1 Toddler Toilet Seats
The other kind of toddler toilet seat, and the style we prefer, are the 2-in-1 seats. These seats replace your existing toilet seat. They have two separate seats attached to the same hinge; one for adults and one for kids. When an adult needs to use the toilet, they just lift the kid’s seat like a second lid.
These types of seats are far more convenient since they don’t need to be removed. But they also tend to be much pricier.
Since they’re permanently attached, this type of seat is more secure than a removable one. They don’t slide around and your kid will feel safe on it. But on the same note, they aren’t portable since they can’t be removed.
Finding the right toilet seat for your toddler can make a major difference in how well potty training goes. Like us, you’re searching for the best tool to help get the job done. Hopefully, our reviews have helped make the decision easier, but we wanted to close with our final thoughts.
For us, the top choice is the TOPSEAT TinyHiney Potty Toilet Seat. This seat replaces your normal toilet seat, providing you with separate seats for kids and adults so you don’t have to remove and replace the kid’s seat like a traditional toddler toilet seat. It’s secure, safe, and protected by a three-year warranty so you know it will be around to help finish the job it started.
When you need the simplest, cheapest solution, we think the best option is the Munchkin Sturdy Potty Seat. It’s got a non-skid edge to keep the seat in place and the top is contoured to keep your kid in place.
If you want the most convenient option and you don’t mind paying a bit extra, we recommend the MAYFAIR 888SLOW NextStep2 Toilet Seat. You get separate seats for adults and kids and a special slow-closing hinge so it never slams.
Featured Image Credit: Munchkin Sturdy Potty Seat, Amazon