Reviewed by David Savage
Having trained both boys (twins) to use the toilet it was now on to the next step, taking them out without nappies or pull ups on which sounded like a very daunting task. I don’t drive so we walk everywhere or get the bus. While having an accident doesn’t worry me too much as I always take spare clothes with me, leaving a wet seat on the bus does. Someone suggested to me about carrying a potty to the park with me which sounded like a great idea as the toilets are always mostly closed and the boys won’t sit on a full size toilet seat anyway as they are worried they will fall in (even though I am holding them). While taking the potty with us sounded great, in reality a potty is quite bulky so I looked around for an alternative and came across the OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty (available in Aqua, Green and Raspberry). This is a fold up portable potty and toilet seat.
I was sent the OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty in green. It is a portable potty that uses disposable bags (like a nappy bag) which have an absorbent pad attached to them.
To use, you fold the legs outwards so they lock into place and put on the disposable bag and push the excess into the soft and flexible grip on each side, the child can then use it as they would a potty and when finished you remove the bag, tie it up and dispose of as you would a nappy bag. While out and about this is great as when kids need to go, they need to go, they don’t really give you much time to find a toilet. So with the potty you can put it in a discreet place for them to use.
If you are near a toilet you can pull the legs outwards but then press in the locking button on each leg to pull the legs out more so that it is flat, creating a smaller child’s toilet seat that fits on to a standard toilet seat.
So best of both worlds.
To put away just press the grey buttons for the locking mechanism and fold the legs inwards.
The potty/seat itself is solid plastic and seems very durable and stable with its non-slip grips on the legs. The locking mechanism on the legs seems very strong so should not break easily and stand up to the rigours of a lot of use. At the front of the potty is a raised lip to prevent splatter.
The 2-in-1 Go Potty comes with a plastic drawstring bag so that the potty stays clean and ready for use and makes it easier to carry around. The size of the potty/seat is just right and in its folded away position fits nicely into my backpack or changing bag. It also comes supplied with 3 disposable potty bags with absorbent pads.
We now take this portable potty everywhere with us. To be fair it has been mostly used as the toilet seat adapter but for the park when the toilets are locked is perfect.
Now some people may not like the idea of their child sitting on a potty in the middle of a park but its saves the child getting upset that they are wet and having to change them in the park anyway and you can always place a towel over their legs when seated to preserve their modesty.
The only issue I could see is with pricing, not of the potty itself (I have tried another top rated brand and although the 2-in-1 Go Potty is slightly more expensive than its leading competitor at £20 it is a far superior build quality and the locking mechanism on the legs is much stronger) but the bags; at £13 for 30 bags they are quite a bit more expensive that other brands. That said I think you should be able to use other bags without any issues.
So aside from the price of the bags (about 43p per bag) the potty itself is excellent. Good build quality with a solid construction, a secure locking mechanism on the legs, non-slip grips on the legs when in potty or toilet seat mode, totally lightweight and portable, opens very easily and quickly, easy to clean and is BPA, phthalate & PVC free.
Definitely something every potty training parent / carer should have. Although the bags are expensive (even other brands of bags with the absorbent pads are still quite expensive at around £10/£11 for 30) I would have to give the OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty top marks as you wouldn’t be using the bags all the time, so 30 would probably last a few weeks or more.
Available to buy in Aqua, Green or Raspberry colours from OXO Tots here.