It’s no secret that we parents deal with a lot of crap, both the metaphoric and the all too literal. A good therapist can help you clear away the former and this post can help you dispose of the latter. If you’re not flush with excitement every time you have a date with the plunger it might be time to rethink your toilet.
And there’s a lot to think about.
Today’s toilets provide many options. Some even come with apps. But let’s pretend you’re not prepared to drop $6,000 for that model, even if it does allow you to program a custom playlist as well as set the temperature of the gentle breezes that dry your derriere.
Height: Toilets seats are positioned 3-4 inches higher in newer “comfort” models, but they might not be so comfortable for children or petite adults. Potential users should sit on it, making sure both feet (shoes off) can be planted firmly on the floor during use.
Bowl shape: A traditional toilet with a round bowl takes up less space but some find elongated bowls more comfortable and such bowls may be easier to keep clean.
One flush or two? New dual flush models can provide a small or larger rinse based on what the situation demands. You can also look for WaterSense Certification. You’ll find it on toilets that meet EPA standards. These water-efficient toilets can save a family about 4,000 gallons a year over older models.
Boys or girls? We flirted with the idea of installing a urinal for our boys because some days it seems like I still need those training targets for my two junior high students. The next best thing, though, is a toilet like the one pictured above. Notice how few nooks and crannies it has. It’s going to be so much easier to keep clean.
Whatever kind of toilet you get, do not attempt to flush your tampon crafts down them.
photo credit: Kim Moldofsky