I agreed to review the Karibu Step up Cushion Potty Chair because we have TWO in the toilet training range, and I have to say it’s one of the best toilet trainers we’ve ever tried. For the price of a little kid toilet, you get something so much simpler to use.
Why I Love the Karibu
Unlike one of the little sit-down potties (which my kids call “baby toilets”) the Karibu goes on your regular toilet. This means nothing that will collect yuckies that can then get knocked over, kicked, spilled, dumped in the sink, the bathtub or generally become the cause of, as the commercial says, “bleachable moments.” *ahem* The kids love that it’s a “real” potty on the real toilet instead of a “baby potty.”
I love that it is on the actual toilet. Instead of keeping kids scared of the toilet (many kids have a natural and understandable fear of the giant toilet openings, which can actually hinder toilet training) this Karibu makes it easier for them to physically manage. Child size seats are cushiony and colorful, plus the steps make it easy for them to manage on their OWN – which is, as any parent knows, key. Adam, at three years old, can put the Karibu on and off by himself.
When it’s not in use, it sort of folds up and stands against the wall behind the door. Less awkward and potentially messy than a big bucket of slop in the middle of the bathroom.
Other Toilet Training Resources We Use
A bag of skittles. Yes, I bribe my kids with candy. A pee is one skittle and a poo is two skittles. They get a dozen throughout the day, and it’s a rare treat for them and a very small price to pay for me.
Superstar underwear. The whole point of having amazing Spiderman undies or super fun My Little Pony panties is to keep them dry! Don’t get Spiderman wet!
Potty Pirate book. Cute book that encourages kids to use the big kid toilet. Any time you can make a new challenge fun and explain the details that matter to them, you’re ahead of the game.
Bottom line – Karibu is now part of our overall toilet training strategy to simplify our lives and make things easier for the kiddos.
Disclosure – I was sent a red Karibu kid’s toilet to test so I could give an accurate review. All opinions and bleachable moments are my very own. Yay me.