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Pourty: The Potty That Pours

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Image: Pourty
We started potty training in earnest a couple of months ago and I’ve been amazed at how much you can spend on a potty. They come in a mind boggling array of styles and I’ve never really understood what they all offered over and above our basic Poundland potty.

So when I was offered a multi-award winning Pourty potty to trial, I jumped at the chance. This is what we thought…

First Impressions:
It came in purple!!! Not just pink and blue… PURPLE!!! I realise this is a small consideration in the scheme of things, but….

The potty itself looked, albeit with much more attractive curves, very similar in shape and style to our cheap traditional potty. I might not have looked at it twice in the shops without something to compare it to, but up close it was clearly a lot sturdier. Small one took an instant liking to it and insisted on sitting on it straight away.

Design – Spot the Difference:
Potty comparison
Comparison with a basic potty

The Pourty is larger than the traditional potty and the seat is higher off the ground, which is great for small one, who has long legs. The back of the potty is also higher, giving more back support, and the sides are wider. They seem small differences, but it’s definitely a more comfortable place to sit.


Generally, the build quality, as you would expect, is a lot better. For a 2.5 stone toddler, that’s a nice to have… However when you’ve been relegated to sitting on the potty as many times as I have while said toddler sits on the “big girl toilet”, you begin to appreciate a potty designer who understands the plight of an (ahem…) 9.5ish stone mummy and caters for a slightly larger load.

The 2 big differences that set this design apart are the high front which helps avoid spillage while in use, and the fact that it is designed to be easily emptied, with a pouring duct at the back of the potty and a handle at the front.

The Pourty in use:
Comfortable seating for even
long-legged toddlers!

I’ve been waiting ages to write this review as, while small one is happy to sit on the potty or toilet when she doesn’t need to go, actually getting her to do something is a whole different matter. We are getting a few successes now, and I’ve finally had the chance to trial the easy-pour features – which do what they say on the tin really! It’s easy to clean by just swishing water through, and the handle is really well placed so you can carry a full potty one-handed without unbalancing it. Which leaves your other hand free to catch the toddler who is trying to run at top speed away from you before you have a chance to wipe them.


As an added bonus, the higher seating position means small one can reach a little table to draw or do jigsaws if I am struggling to keep her on the potty, and the more comfortable seat means I don’t get pins and needles when she decides to be a big girl on the toilet.

It’s such a great, simple design that you have to wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner. The features and clever shape are well worth paying for, unlike some of the more “decorative” potties at twice the price.

The Final Verdict:
If you’re buying a potty and price really is your most important consideration, by all means stick with the basic potty, but buy really basic (I recommend Poundland) as there really is no difference between the £1 version and the £5 version.

If you have just a little more cash to spare and want to make potty training more comfortable for your child, and the associated cleaning up easier on yourself, ignore the frilly princess potty and the singing potty and try one of these instead. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
The Pourty potty retails at around £9.99 and is currently available in white, blue, pink and purple.


Disclosure: I did not get paid for this post but I did receive a product sample to test and keep. I follow the Britmums Blogging with Integrity Guidelines – I always write honest and truthful reviews and disclose any perks I receive!
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Clean hands… hands free!

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Potty training is a slow and painful process at the moment. There is definite progress – small one has spent the last week largely knickerless except for naps and bedtime and she hasn’t had any accidents…. But then she hasn’t had many successes either! It proves she has admirable control, but I don’t know how we are going to get past the fact she would rather wait and go in a nappy.

 

handwashFor now, we are doing everything we can to make it a fun process so I was excited to be offered the chance to test a Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System as a novel way of encouraging small one to wash her hands.

The handwash system is a small battery-operated liquid soap dispenser that works like the ones in nice public loos – you just wave your hands underneath and a measure of soap comes out.

First Impressions:

I am a fan of the Dettol brand – it’s full of childhood nostalgia for me, and their Mission for Health gives it the feelgood factor, supporting things like Save the Children’s Eat Sleep, Learn & Play campaign. So, I was sorry my first thought was that this product was probably a bit of a gimmick. Nothing wrong with that if it encourages personal hygiene in the small one (and the rest of the household…) but we tend to use cheap unscented bar soap in the bathroom and I haven’t felt desperate for an upgrade.

That aside, one of the things that I liked when I read the product description, was that for once the scent choices didn’t make me want to run and hide. In fact, the fresh sounding Hydrating Cucumber Splash and Cleansing Green Tea & Ginger options really appealed. I react very badly to strong perfumes and small one has had bouts of urticaria, so we are very picky about scent in our household and it’s unusual to be tempted away from the safety of fragrance free.

The dispenser came with a refill pack of the Aloe Vera and Vitamin E scented soap, which had a pleasant, light fragrance, a creamy texture and didn’t cause any problems with either mine or my daughter’s skin, so a good start.

Looks:

The design is simple and fairly inoffensive, although it does look a little more at home in the kitchen than in the bathroom. It looks a little like a travel kettle – small, sleek and silver. Being picky, I would have preferred it in a plain white or a more “plasticky” colour.

Setting it up:

It was easy to set up – just click the refill into place, switch it on and go! It takes 4 AA batteries, which are included in the starter pack.

Using it:

The dispenser works incredibly well. Just wave your hand under the nozzle to activate satisfying whirring as a perfectly measured glob of soap drops onto your palm. The on/off switch is a useful feature with younger children (although you must remember not to wave your hands underneath the nozzle as you switch off if you don’t want to have to wash your hands again…).


Having used it for a couple of weeks now, I’m a complete convert. It has saved me a lot of cleaning – we don’t have soap scum collecting all over the flat surfaces of the sink where the bars have started to go soggy, and it doesn’t seem to get clogged and grubby like normal pump action liquid soap bottles. You can also get pretty much all of the soap out without resorting to techniques usually reserved for glass ketchup bottles.


The kids love it, and there has definitely been a lot more hand washing going on. Despite this, we haven’t gone through the soap as fast as I expected, thanks to the measured doses.


The verdict:

 

The dispenser generated a lot of excitement from the children.

Small one (age 2) has taken us to the bathroom to wash her hands more times than she has actually sat on the potty.  Curly one (age 11) was beside herself, actually bringing a couple of friends to see it, which I take as a positive… The lumpy one (age 18) was obviously too cool to get excited about it, but amused himself trying to convince Curly’s friends that it was a toothpaste dispenser. Luckily, they had “seen it on the telly”, so didn’t fall for it.


My Mum has been quietly coveting our soap gadget and, although she felt the dispenser a little bit of a luxury, I suspect she may end up with one as she is a keen gardener and the hands free element for washing muddy hands really appeals.


Mr MilkChic and I rather like it too. It’s one of those surprisingly great products that we never knew we needed and we will definitely be buying another refill. In fact, if we could get a white version, we may end up with one for the kitchen AND the bathroom.


Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System (250ml) is available at RRP £9.99 which includes dispensing base, one refill and x4 AA batteries. Five varieties of refills (250ml) are available at RRP £2.99 each.

Disclosure: I did not get paid for this post but I did receive a product sample to test and keep. I follow the Britmums Blogging with Integrity Guidelines – I always write honest and truthful reviews and disclose any perks I receive!

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Toddler Talk: The Potty Training Edition

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If nothing else, potty training is giving us plenty of laughs.
Small one learned something about the difference between mummies and daddies today:
Noticing the bulge in the front of Daddy’s boxers, apparently for the first time, she looked very concerned. After studying it carefully she asked sympathetically,
“Got poo Daddy?”
Erm…….
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