Pros: Toddles that love cars, will love this.
Cons: Will quit working if the noise machine gets wet.
So you have a son who is almost three years old, who loves hot wheels, NASCAR, and monster trucks. What do you do? Go out and by a potty chair (well I didn't know about this chair before going to the store). I was just planning on getting the regular red, blue, and white, potty chair/foot stool. We had miss placed the one my daughter had used. I remembered it was like 15.00$ and it held up rather well.
Now my son is the stubborn sort, and it was not a happy trip to the store. He had already informed us he had no interest in going without a diaper. Well it was still worth a shot. My daughter was really easy to potty train, so I figured my son might be easy. He might like it.
When we went to Wal-Mart I went to the baby department and started looking at the potty chairs. Then I saw it, a NASCAR potty chair that makes noise! Now what toddler that loves cars and trucks wouldn't love that. This potty chair didn't really cost anymore then the others, 19.95$. I see that it says on the Epinion page that it is 39.00$, but it wasn't that much, really!!
It's set up just like the Safety First Potty N' Step Stool (just with some extra's). It has yellow handles on each side, a black and white checker lid that has the NASCAR logo on it. Open the lid you have your pull out tub part (never really thought about what this is called). Comes with the little cup thing for boys, so they don't pee on the floor. The step stool part is red, so flipping this over to use as a step stool, there are two little feet so your child knows where to stand without falling off. Of course it slip proof. Blue is the top part color. Very easy to clean.
Let's talk about what this thing does. When lifting the lid there is something a little different about the tub, two little metal dots at the bottom. When lifting the tub, there is a plastic box, that is where the sound comes from. When the child sits down, these two medal dots touch the plastic box that has metal lines on it for the connection. When the warm pee hits these medal dots a vraoooom vraooooom (that is how it's spelled on the box, haha) comes from the speaker in the plastic box, it sounds like a real car racing. When he is done peeing and stands up, sounds like the end of a race and applause from a crowd. Don't forget the 2 AA batteries. Pouring cold water in it won't make the sounds go.
Here is the down side. My son put water in the plastic box area so now it won't work. There is no way to keep this from child's sight. Of course I didn't see him do this. So unless you put the potty chair up, or always follow you child around the house, or lock the bathroom door, this could happen to you (all these options would defeat the purpose in potty training).
When it did work it was fun. He got a kick out of the noise.
Would I buy it again, if I knew then what I know now? It didn't really cost any more then the other potty chairs. It still has it's NASCAR logo. My son goes around telling people he has a NASCAR potty chair, even though it doesn't work. So yes I would buy it again, but I would explain to my child that pouring water under the tub part would break the noise. Didn't think of telling him that before. Darn.
Now did it make him want to use the potty? Like I said at the beginning he the stubborn sort, and no it didn't make him want to use it in the beginning. He is three and a half now and we are still working on using the potty chair. He does it part time. All children are different so it might inspire another child.
Thanks for reading!