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Can make a parent proud...
on February 25, 2012
Initially, my son was afraid of sitting on the toilet, but having recently seen him use one on his own initiative, I couldn't be prouder. What bugged me was the effort it took for him to hold himself up while sitting on the adult-sized seat, so as not to fall in, and that reminded me of the built-in toddler toilet seats. I narrowed it down to 3: Kohler, Bemis, and Flip Family. Your own needs and requirements may differ when it comes to choosing the one that's right for you/your child.
1) The Bemis toilet cover retains the look of a normal cover/lid with no special cutout design to access the toddler potty; the toddler potty seat is completely hidden underneath it. This allows us to keep our fabric covers on and doesn't interfere with accessing the toddler seat.
2) Bemis and Flip Family construction was reportedly more durable than the Kohler with its toilet cover made of thin plastic, although I did like its overall contemporary design.
3) Installation was a breeze: about 5 minutes from unboxing the new seat to putting the old seat away. Fit onto our ProFlo toilets perfectly.
4) Its Whisper-Close feature works as advertised, but note it's only applicable to the toilet cover and adult seat, not the toddler seat, which makes sense because your kid will probably have an "accident" while waiting for his/her seat to softly lower. (The toddler seat is plastic unlike the wood of the cover and adult seat, so if it slams, it may not be as loud).
5) The toddler seat is removable for easy cleaning or when no longer needed...it's a regular adult seat again! (You're stuck with the toddler seat with the Kohler and Flip Family models unless you replace it.)
6) Its Easy-Clean & Change feature allows for thorough cleaning around the hinges.
7) The toddler seat has specific "clean" features for boys-in-training: a piddle deflector on top (although not very pronounced) and a deflector underneath to prevent urine from tracking between the toddler seat and adult seat should his angle not be low enough!
I have only one dislike: with the toddler seat already down, after the lid closes on top of it, the magnetic closure doesn't grab the seat back into the lid; it's too far. You have to press the lid down just a couple of millimeters to grab the seat. Otherwise, the next time you lift the lid, the toddler seat is still down. I fixed this by placing a couple of silicone pads under the front lip of the toddler seat, which keeps it raised higher than originally designed, so that when the lid comes down on top of it, it's closer to the magnet and attaches under the lid again. This also attenuates the slam as well as protects from the impact if the toddler seat just drops. Another way around this is to have your child lift the toddler seat up after use then close the lid/toddler seat together as a single unit, but that doesn't mimic real-life after the utility of the toddler seat ends.
One reviewer mentioned the hinges "bound up" after a few short months of use. Whether the Whisper-Close hinges failed or gunk got stuck in the hinges, I can't speculate, but that was written almost a year ago. Hopefully, this won't happen.