A two-tiered toilet seat is such an elegant solution for the problem of kids being toilet trained that it is hard to imagine that no one thought of it before now. The patent application is dated February 22, 2013 and is translated from the Chinese.(More)

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The two-tiered seat allows for big butts and little butts to share the same toilet seat. Kids being toilet trained no longer have to fear falling into the bowl. Parents no longer need that separate potty chair in the bathroom. Perhaps even Freud is smiling somewhere. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I offer you two pictures to show this concept in my son and D-I-L’s bathroom.

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At Bed, Bath and Beyond these adult/child toilet seats go for $44.99.

I am spending the week with my grandkids. I realize that an innovation in toilets seats is a first world solution, but I totally love this idea. Since the patent is issued to a Chinese person or firm, I have to wonder how no one else thought of this. This doesn’t solve world hunger or pay for unemployment insurance. I get that but it is very cool. I have a soft spot for practical problem solvers and this does fit in that category quite nicely.

In an attempt to get my two year old granddaughter to ‘perform’ I asked her to show me how it worked. She stared at me with a puzzled look and said, “Nana, you already know how this works and I don’t have to go right now.”

Okay, kid logic usually wins in a situation like this. I’ve got to believe that if some clever person figured this out, some other clever people are figuring out real solutions to our more pressing problems.