For parents who want to transition their child from a potty chair to a potty seat, the Graco Soft Seat Potty Trainer functions as both in one unit. It works as a potty chair when all pieces are assembled together, but the seat can be removed and placed on a toilet for use as a potty seat. It also converts to a stepstool, and since it doesn't require the potty seat to be used in this manner, it can be used in conjunction with the potty seat as an aid to help a child climb up onto the toilet. The inner potty bowl is removable for cleaning when used as a potty chair, and handles on the sides make it easy to maneuver. The Soft Seat Trainer is mostly white, which parents appreciate, because it's not obvious that it's a potty when it's being used as a stool. On the downside, the soft cushion can absorb wetness and odor, and reviewers say the three-piece design has plenty of crevices where waste can accumulate. This potty chair comes in two versions: One comes with reward stickers, and one does not. Otherwise, the two models are identical. Parents looking for a simpler design may want to consider the two-piece Baby Bjorn Potty Chair (*Est. $26), which is constructed of hard plastic and is easier to keep clean.
The Graco Soft Seat Potty Trainer is discussed in one formal review of potty chairs that appears on Bestcovery.com, where Jenny Wagner describes four recommended potty chairs. Beyond this, we found most reviews of the Graco Soft Seat Potty Trainer on consumer-review sites. Owner opinions are valuable when it comes to potty chairs, because parents can attest to how well a potty works for boys versus girls and how well they hold up over time. At the time of our visit, we found approximately 40 owner-written reviews each on Epinions.com and Amazon.com. Further parent opinions are found on Target.com and in a thread on the Berkeley Parents Network forum.
Jenny Wagner recommends and reviews four potty chairs, including the Graco Soft Seat Potty Trainer, which places third. Wagner likes the built-in seat handles, which allow for easy removal for cleaning and give toddlers something to hold onto while sitting on the potty.
Review: Best Potty Chair, Jenny Wagner
The Graco Training Rewards Soft Seat Potty and Stepstool is one of the highest-rated potties on Epinions.com, where it has an average rating of four stars out of five, based on nearly 40 owner-written reviews. Many reviews there are more detailed than on most other consumer-review sites.
Review: Graco Training Rewards Soft Seat Potty and Stepstool, Contributors to Epinions.com
More than 40 owners post reviews of the Graco Soft Seat Potty Trainer to Amazon.com, where it has an average rating of four stars out of five. Parents like the multiple functions offered by this potty, but they do say it's harder to keep clean.
Review: Graco Soft Seat Potty Trainer, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 20 owner-written reviews are available for the Graco Soft Seat Trainer Potty Chair on Target.com. Feedback is similar to that found on other consumer-review sites, as is the average rating of four stars out of five.
Review: Graco Soft Seat Trainer Potty Chair, Contributors to Target.com
5. Berkeley Parents Network
A thread on the Berkeley Parents Network forum addresses potty-training concerns, and parents weigh in with feedback and recommendations for potty seats, as well as offer potty-training tips.
Review: Potty Seats, Contributors to Berkeley Parents Network