Reviewers say the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer is an ideal "next step" in the potty-training process for kids who are too big for potty chairs and too small for adult toilets. The seat adjusts to fit most toilets, and parents say it's stable and easy to clean, too. Some say the splashguard doesn't do a good job of containing boys' messes, though. A few parents report that their boys required stitches after getting caught on the splashguard when they tried to get off the seat too quickly.
Not ideal for boys. Reviewers say the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer is easy to adjust using a dial on the bottom of the seat. The hard plastic is easy to clean, but urine sometimes still gets caught under the seat, parents say. The seat has an integrated splashguard, but some note that it's too low to contain boys' messes. Most owners say their children were able to place and use the seat on their own with the aid of a stepstool and a bit of practice. However, a few say their boys were injured when they got caught on the splashguard while trying to get off the seat, requiring stitches.
Space-saving design. The Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer has an integrated handle that reviewers say makes it a snap to carry or hang, saving space. A rubber ring keeps the seat stable once it's properly adjusted -- important for kids to feel comfortable, parents note. The seat is available in white with a red, blue or black rim. It is made from recyclable plastic that also has no PVC, BPA, phthalates, cadmium, lead, bromine or chlorine, according to Baby Bjorn.
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1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent "Baby Bargains," a comprehensive book by Denise and Alan Fields, reviews baby gear and common baby brands. The authors offer a brief overview of potty chairs versus potty seats and recommend a few specific potties. Their website offers up-to-date information, additional reviews, recall information and forums for parents to discuss baby products.
Review: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails and Safety, Denise and Alan Fields, Tenth Edition, 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good Michelle Horton names the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer Babble.com's pick for best potty ring over the Prince Lionheart WeePOD, praising the hard plastic's slim, anti-germ design. She also likes that the seat adjusts to fit any toilet and provides a more stable feel for little ones. There was some urine caught under the seat, she warns.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Training Potties, Michelle Horton, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer receives 4.7 out of 5 stars in more than 550 reviews on Amazon.com. Reviewers say it's easy to clean, easy to adjust for a secure fit and more sanitary than seats with softer plastic. They also like being able to hang the seat when it's not in use, saving space. A handful say the seat didn't fit their toilets, and some say the splashguard isn't tall enough for boys. Some also say urine easily gets trapped under the seat. A few parents report that their sons were injured when their penis became trapped when they tried to slide off the seat.
Review: Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2013
Review Credibility: Good Alina Soler praises the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer as a "comfortable and convenient" step between potty chairs and adult toilets. She likes the contoured seat and built-in handle, which makes it easy to carry or hang. The seat is also adjustable, she notes. The short review does not note any cons or compare the seat to others.
Review: Best Potty Training Products, Alina Soler, Not dated
5. Apartment Therapy.com
Review Credibility: Good ApartmentTherapy.com's Elisabeth Wilborn calls the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer the "ultimate solution" to potty training, saying it made her kids feel secure enough to do their business. It's a very short review, and there are no cons listed or comparisons to other seats.
Review: Potty Talk: 10 Best Potties, Elisabeth Wilborn, Oct. 24, 2011
Review Credibility: Good Brooklyn Presta likes the Baby Bjorn Toilet Trainer as a middle step between potty chairs and adult toilets, saying it's adjustable and easy to move for kids. The very short review does not note any cons or compare the seat to others.
Review: Creative Potty-Training Gear, Brooklyn Presta, Not dated
Review Credibility: Good BabyGizmo.com offers a general overview of major types of potties, including important features. It also lists five editor's choice picks, including the Boon Potty Bench, but it does not review the potties or compare them to other models.
Review: Potty Training, Editors of Baby Gizmo, Not dated