Whew. Potty training can be a rough time. I’ll just say that potty training our firstborn took about two years from the time we purchased his first potty to the time when we could officially say he was potty trained. That said, getting introduced to the potty is usually the first step to any child’s potty training experience. When we first bought a training potty at one and a half years, because of the advice of our pediatrician (in hindsight he was nowhere near ready, and we probably should’ve waited until he was at least two), we also purchased The Potty Training Book for Boys to accompany it. (It also comes in a version for girls.) I definitely recommend purchasing a book or two in order to help explain the process and help your child to feel comfortable with it. The potty we ended up purchasing was the BABYBJORN Potty Chair, which I have reviewed in full below. Spoiler alert: It’s still going strong three years later, and we’ll be saving it to use for baby number two, coming this fall.
I also recommend a travel potty to use as your child’s main potty at home—that way it can do double duty, and you only have to purchase one item. We are able to take this one on the road with us for car trips, as well as to unfamiliar places where our child isn’t comfortable using a public restroom.
When your child starts to get serious about potty training, it’s time to ditch the disposable diapers for training pants—here’s an article featuring the top 10 best training pants for toddlers on the market.
Below, I’ve reviewed the top 10 best travel potties for babies and toddlers. Some are standalones, while others are designed to be placed on top of an adult toilet seat. You’ll want to think about your particular needs before making this decision, but hopefully the details below will help you decide which potty may be right for your child. Good luck with potty training!
1. Best Dual Use Travel Potty + Trainer Seat: Kalencom Potette Plus Potty & Trainer Seat
The Kalencom Potette Plus Potty and Trainer Seat is a dual-use potty that you can use on its own (with bag liners) or set up on an adult-sized toilet. It comes with three super absorbent, leak-proof and easy-to-use disposable liners. The surface is nonslip to keep your little one stable, and the surface is cushioned and comfy for little tushes. This potty is designed to be used for kids 15 months and older, and weighing up to 50 pounds (when used independently as a travel potty). The fact that it’s two-for-one makes the price a great deal. This potty does not have a splash guard for kiddos who stand up to pee, and it only comes with three disposable bags—after that time you’ll have to buy your own. Some consumers note that this potty seat is not large enough for bigger/older kids to use as a travel potty. Finally, some consumers have reported issues with the legs coming detached easily.
- Comes with three super absorbent, leak-proof and easy-to-use disposable liners
- Dual use as a travel potty and trainer seat
- Nonslip, comfortable surface
- No pee guard for kids who stand up to pee
- Not large enough for bigger kids to use as travel potty
- Only comes with a few disposable bags
- Some consumers have issues with potty legs coming apart
2. Best Contoured Foam Travel Potty: Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat
The Dreambaby Soft Touch Potty Seat is a travel potty seat that can be used with adult-sized toilets. It is inexpensive and made with a soft, cushioned seat in a contoured shape with high molded back and sides, designed to provide maximum comfort to your little one during potty time. This potty seat is easy to clean; it’s made from a soft, flexible foam that is durable and has anti-slip properties to keep kids safe and secure. This is a potty seat to be used in conjunction with an adult toilet—it cannot be used as a standalone potty. Some consumers have complained that it doesn’t fit some toilets with elongated bowls. Consumers note that the underside of the potty seat tends to get wet with each use and should be cleaned often. Finally, some consumers have complained that the high splash guard on the front makes it difficult for some children to climb onto the seat.
Price: from $15.95
- Soft, cushioned seat and contoured shape for maximum comfort
- Anti-slip surface
- Easy to clean
- Can’t be used as standalone potty
- Doesn’t fit toilets with elongated shaped bowls
- Underside tends to get wet and must be wiped down often
- Some consumers note that it is difficult for kids to climb over the bump on the front
3. Best Travel Potty with Legs: Infantino Up and Go Compact Travel Potty
The Infantino Up and Go Compact Travel Potty is a really cute travel potty in a fresh teal color with fold-up legs for compact storage when traveling. It works great for stashing in the back of your car for emergency potty stops. This potty does need disposable bags, as it doesn’t have a basin, so you should factor that into the cost and environmental impact of the product. The Infantino potty has a splash guard and back support, and it is designed to be used by kids weighing up to 50 pounds, though some consumers say that it is too small for bigger kids to use. Some consumers have complained that the hole is small so it can be tricky for some kids to aim. Additionally, the seat does not click into the base, so the potty comes apart fairly easily.
- Has a splash guard and back support
- Works for kids up to 50 pounds
- Cute modern design and pretty teal color
- Legs fold up for travel
- More expensive
- Needs disposal bags
- Hole is small
- Seat doesn’t click into the base, so it comes apart fairly easily
4. Best Travel Potty to Keep Stashed in Your Vehicle: OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel
The OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel is a super inexpensive dual-function travel potty that works as a standalone potty (with disposable bags) or as a training potty seat that you can use on adult-sized toilets. The potty-seat function is great for using at home or in public restrooms, while the travel potty is good for car trips and emergencies, and even longer trips. This potty opens quickly and easily for easy access during emergencies. The legs fold up for compact storage, and they lock securely when using the potty as a standalone. Keep in mind to use as a travel potty you will need to purchase disposable bags. Some consumers complain that the carry bag that comes with this potty is not very high quality. It’s also not very stable when used on top of an adult toilet seat, and it is pretty low to the ground when used as a travel potty, which can make it difficult for bigger kids.
- Opens quickly and easy for emergencies
- Legs fold for compact storage
- Legs lock securely for use as a standalone potty or on public restroom toilets
- If used as a standalone potty, needs disposable bags
- Carry bag is not great
- Not super stable when used on top of an adult toilet seat
- Too low to the ground for bigger kids
5. Best Ergonomic Travel Potty: BABYBJORN Toilet Trainer
On the pricier side, the BABYBJORN Toilet Trainer is nevertheless a favorite toilet training seat among reviewers. Consumers love it for its comfortable and secure seating with an ergonomic design. It features an adjustable dial that locks it securely your adult-sized toilet seat (it is designed to fit most toilets), which only needs to be set once. And happily, it can be readjusted to fit other toilet seats if you need to move it or take it with you when traveling. This potty seat also comes with a handle for hanging when not in use, as well as a splash guard to prevent overspray. The soft edges of the seat are easy to wipe clean. Some consumers have complained that the lock system does not work with all toilets, and it comes unlocked after a few uses. Urine tends to collect under the potty seat, so it may need to be removed and wiped clean often. This potty seat is designed for use only with an adult toilet and cannot be used as a standalone.
Price: $21.99 (37 percent off MSRP)
- Comfortable and secure seating with ergonomic design
- Easy for kids to set up and use on their own
- Handle for hanging when not in use
- Easy to clean and has splash guard to prevent pee getting everywhere
- More expensive
- The lock system does not fit all toilet seats
- Pee tends to collect under potty seat and it must be cleaned often
- Doesn’t work as a standalone potty
6. Best Travel Potty to Make Them Feel Like a Big Kid: Summer Infant My Size Potty
Okay, so how adorable is the Summer Infant My Size Potty? It is designed to look and feel just like a miniature version of an adult toilet, which kids go absolutely gaga over. It even has a handle that features a flush sound, so your kiddo can get that instant gratification for “flushing” after going to the potty. It has a clip-on splash guard, so you get to decide whether to use it or not. This product also has a built-in compartment to hold wipes, which can be highly convenient, especially when using this potty on-the-go. This potty can still work for travel, just like the others in this list, but it is a bit bulkier and doesn’t fold down compactly, so it may not be as ideal—you definitely can’t fit it into your diaper bag! Some consumers note that this potty is a bit difficult to clean, based on all the cracks and crevices. For some reason the pink version of this potty is currently quite a bit more expensive than the white.
Price: $24.86 (29 percent off MSRP)
- Looks and feels like a mini version of an adult toilet
- Handle features a flush sound
- Built-in wipes compartment
- Has a clip-on splash guard
- More expensive
- Not as compact for travel
- Pink version is more expensive than white
- Somewhat difficult to clean
7. Best Travel Potty to Grow with Your Child: PRIMO 4-In-1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer & Step Stool
The PRIMO 4-In-1 Soft Seat Toilet Trainer and Step Stool is a versatile potty product that includes a standalone potty, soft toilet seat and step stool. It grows with your kiddo, helping them learn the potty skills they need and practice them in several ways. Starting with stage one, it can be used as a standalone potty with an extra large, easy-to-clean basin. Stage two, your child can move on to the adult toilet with help from the PRIMO Soft Seat Reducer and step stool. Third, your kid can reach the bathroom sink to wash her hands, using the step stool. And finally, stage four allows your child to reinforce toilet training skills learned at home by bringing along the Soft Seat Reducer when traveling. As a bonus, this product comes with toilet training tips, reward stickers and discount coupons for training pants. This potty includes five separate pieces, which can be a lot to keep track of and clean. Some consumers have noted that they wish the blue seat piece was not separate from the basin, as it makes it more difficult to clean. Currently this product is only available to Amazon Prime members.
- Includes standalone potty, soft toilet seat reducer and step stool
- Integrated handles for child to hold onto
- This product includes toilet training tips, reward stickers and discount coupons for training pants
- Easy to dump basin into big potty when full
- Currently available only to Amazon Prime members
- More expensive
- Has a lot of pieces to keep up with and clean (five)
- Some consumers wish that blue seat piece was not separate from the basin
8. Easiest Travel Potty to Clean: BABYBJORN Potty Chair
As I stated above, the BABYBJORN Potty Chair is the one we opted for with our firstborn. It is a two-piece plastic potty that comes in several fun colors (but unfortunately some cost more than others!). It’s designed to be comfortable for kids with a high back and ergonomic design to help them sit up straight. It also has a built-in splash guard to prevent overspray. It’s super lightweight and compact for travel, though it doesn’t have foldable or removable legs. This potty is super easy to clean—just pull out the basin and dump into the potty, then wipe clean or disinfect with your favorite cleaner or wipes. Speaking from personal experience, this potty can be used well into preschool—my four-and-a-half year old still uses his when we are traveling. This potty is a travel potty only and cannot be used in conjunction with an adult toilet seat. This product is currently available only to Amazon Prime members.
- Easy to clean—just pull out basin and dump into toilet, then wipe clean
- Comfortable, ergonomic design
- Built-in splash guard to prevent spills
- Lightweight and compact for travel
- More expensive
- Some colors cost almost twice as much
- Currently available only to Amazon Prime members
- Can’t be used with adult toilet
9. Best Bargain Travel Potty: Summer Infant Lil’ Loo Potty
The Summer Infant Lil’ Loo Potty is similar to the BABYBJORN Potty Chair, reviewed above, but it is a more inexpensive version, and some consumers have noted it is not as sturdy as the BABYBJORN. This potty is a two-piece travel potty with a removable basin that is a breeze to clean. It boasts a high back for support and comfort, and has a built-in splash guard. It comes in five cute colors, all available for around 10 dollars. Some consumers have noted that the Raspberry color looks more red than pink in person. Consumers have complained that it comes with a large sticker attached, which is very difficult to remove. This product has four rubber feet, which some consumers say slide around on the floor, making it difficult for children to keep still when on the potty.
Price: $9.61 (13 percent off MSRP)
- Super inexpensive
- Cleans up easily with removable basin
- High back for support and comfort
- Built-in splash guard
- Less sturdy than the similar BABYBJORN potty
- Raspberry color looks more red than pink in person
- Sticker on product is very difficult to remove
- Has four rubber feet which are easy to scoot around on the floor
10. Most Compact Travel Potty: PRIMO Folding Potty with Handles
The PRIMO Folding Potty with Handles is a budget pick for a travel potty that can fold up and go anywhere with you. It folds up compactly and fits into most diaper bags for easy on-the-go use. (Note: The bag pictured in the product photos is not included with this purchase.) This toilet training seat cannot be used as a standalone potty, as it is designed for use with an adult-sized toilet only. The PRIMO Folding Potty with Handles contains four handles for gripping, as well as non-skid gripping pads on the bottom to ensure the seat is secure on just about any toilet. The folding hinges are designed to prevent skin pinching, although there are some consumer complaints that children can still get pinched by this seat if they’re not careful. Other consumers complain that this seat does not fit all toilets and that it is not sturdy enough to support older/bigger kids.
- Super inexpensive
- Folds up very compactly and fits into most diaper bags for on-the-go
- Has four handles and non-skid gripping pads on bottom
- Folding hinges are designed to prevent skin pinching
- Does not include bag
- Cannot be used as standalone potty
- Doesn’t fit all toilets
- Not strong enough to support larger kids