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Ask a plumber: Find fun features for new child-friendly toilet seat

The Transitions Family Toilet Seat from Kohler.
The Transitions Family Toilet Seat from Kohler. TNS

Q: We have two young children now using the bathroom alone. Needless to say, our present toilet seat has been run through the mill and I plan on installing a new toilet seat. I was wondering if you can please give me some child-friendly features to look for when choosing a new seat?

Jerry, New Jersey

A: Installing a new toilet seat for new bathroom users is always a good idea in my book, especially now that today’s toilet seats have more fun features available than the old standard seats. For example, you can find seats with built-in fresh air filters, grip tight bumpers to stop seat sliding, even nightlight toilet seats.

For young children, there are three new toilet seat features I have worked with, and I find them very useful:

▪ Slow-close technology to avoid seat slamming.

▪ Quick-release hinges to easily remove the seat for cleaning.

▪ Transition-type seats to accommodate adults and children. These new style toilet seats have double lid seating sizes, so anyone on the throne can feel like a king.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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