WINNER: The winner of this contest has been determined. Congratulations to Candace! I hope that Aidan & Nadia find this product as useful as K does!
Potty Training. Ugh.
Not the most exciting part of parenting. A necessary evil.
I remember when we first decided to start, around 18 months, I did research on seemingly HUNDREDS of pottys. I read article after article and review after review on the “best potty.” We finally settled on a very simple, although not exactly “cheap” potty.
“Why can’t we just put her on the regular toilet?” my husband asked. Of course I explained to him that A) she couldn’t reach it in the precious few seconds she would have to get the clothes down and the tail on the toilet before the waterworks started flowing and B) she might fall in.
Our family was very lucky that our childcare provider worked with us and helped to potty train our daughter. She was fully potty trained at 21 months, which we were very happy with. Finally, out of the woods! Or so we thought.
See, the thing about the fancy potty chairs that we parents don’t realize as we are caught up in all the excitement of potty training is that they don’t grow with your child. So, while my daughter was potty trained before two, she hit a growth spurt and grew several inches. The potty chair I spent so many hours researching was still the same height and became more of a hassle than a help. At the same time, she still couldn’t reach the big potty and also ran the risk of falling in.
We solved the falling in problem by purchasing a potty seat, and attempted to solve the “can’t reach” issue by purchasing a cute little blue and green step stool. It’s a rectangle shape, and we put it in front of the potty…so she could step right up. It worked great….except for the times that it wasn’t there, which was becoming increasingly more frequent.
What happened to it? Well, she would move it to the sink to wash her hands and not put it back. My husband would move it to the side so it “wasn’t in the way” and not put it back. So basically, my solution wasn’t really a solution because, while she would make it to the bathroom on time, precious seconds would be wasted trying to find the stool so that she could climb up on the potty. Imagine the messes I had to clean up!
“I wish there were some sort of stool that was tall enough for her to reach the toilet, but was contoured to fit around it, so it didn’t get in the way,” I remember thinking to myself. Well…guess what?!?! THERE IS!
Mother of 3, Monica Mylet, invented just such a product which she calls The Little Looster… a booster for the loo! She came up with the design and need after parenting 3 kids through the potty training process.
The Little Looster website states, “As an extension of the toilet, the Little Looster never needs to be shuffled around the bathroom. All grown-ups can use the toilet while standing or sitting without needing to move it out of the way.”
Some advantages of the Little Looster include:
Comfort - Provides total comfort & leg support for years of use.
No more painful pins-n-needles feeling when little legs are not supported
Confidence – Promotes complete certainty.
No scary feeling of “falling in.” Kids legs do all the work.
Cleanliness – Allows children to have their hands free at all times.
No need to grip the back of the toilet seat or the inner, germ covered rim.
Monica was kind enough to send us a Little Looster to try out. When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was the size. The Little Looster is made of molded plastic. It’s a contoured stool that is steady and sturdy with a very wide step area, which I was very excited about (my daughter has fallen off more than one stool in her time.) The one thing that I wish the Little Looster had was a rubber grip along the bottom, but that’s really a non-issue because there are some many great things about it!
The Little Looster is taller than most step stools. I think this is great because it allows her to hop right up- no squirming and scooting to adjust. I would imagine that the height is also a great advantage for potty training boys- makes it much harder to “miss” the target!
Here’s the other great thing about the Little Looster- since I placed it in the bathroom, it hasn’t been moved! It fits perfectly around the toilet and doesn’t get in anyone’s way! Woooo-hoooo! We found a keeper! Thanks so much, Monica for developing this great concept and for make it available to other parents!
Currently, the Little Looster is sold at My Precious Kid in Hillsboro Oregon and online at http://www.littlelooster.com/. Also, if you’re a retailer interested in carrying this great product in your store, you can contact Little Looster for more details.
Monica has graciously agreed to send one lucky Bloggymom Reviews reader the Little Looster… a booster for the loo! This prize is a $39.99 value and a must have for any parents who will be potty-training at some point!
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