Come on, everybody! Do the toilet squat!

Come on, everybody! Do the toilet squat!

Everybody’s doing a brand new dance now! And it’s not the locomotion (although that was my favorite song growing up… yes, even in the 80′s). No, the dance I’m talking about is the toilet squat!

The toilet squat!

Maybe you remember my post on how your toilet might be a health hazard. Maybe you even watched the awesome little video for the squatty potty. Maybe you thought it was a solid theory. I mean, remember how sitting on a toilet has been linked to things like constipation, hemorrhoids, colon disease, and pelvic floor issues? And remember that our body was designed to squat while eliminating because it provides the needed release of certain muscles and organs?

But maybe you are still hesitant to switch your toilet ways because…. well, because who wants to squat on the toilet? Trust me. I get it. I understand the hesitation. Not because I was really hesitant myself (I love a good squat!), but because my husband was.

Here’s something you should know about my husband: He’s one of the most supportive people I know. I never try to push my hippie-natural ways on him. But he has pretty much been on board with everything I’ve done. He’s my number one advocate for real food. And even when I stopped using conventional shampoo, sunscreen, tampons, and pretty much said “so long, sucker!” to all cleaning/personal care products… he was always cheering me on.

Here’s another thing you should know about my husband: He’s one of those weird guys who gets really proud about his bowel movements. TMI? Sorry. But it’s true.

So I figured that when I stumbled upon the squatty potty that Tom would be SO on board. Seriously, I was so excited to tell him. I thought he’d do a jig to celebrate!

Uh, yeah. It didn’t go that way.

When I showed him the videos, the science behind it, and the actual product, he just sort of stared at the computer screen in a weird daze. He wasn’t upset or anything, but he looked kind of freaked out. Apparently, he needed some time to consider the idea of doing a toilet squat.

But guess what? Even when he’s not sure about my wacko ways, he still supports me. You know what that means? Even with his hesitation, he tried doing the toilet squat. That’s right, we got our squatty potty on. What a champ, right?

And that’s how we became experts at the toilet squat in no time.

So…what does Tom think about it? I think I can sum up his thoughts in a super short text conversation I had with him while he was away at work:

 Me: How are you doing?

Him: Doing well. On the toilet. Wishing I had some paint cans right about now.

Paint cans?

toilet squat with paint cans

Yep. My husband wants paint cans at work. Well, actually he wants a squatty potty at work, but he’s not sure how to bring it up without looking super weird. Paint cans would at least help.

Why? Because he loves the toilet squat. He loves it. I hear about it all the time. Seriously. All the time. (It’s actually kind of ridiculous how much he loves it.)

Why the toilet squat is the way to go.

Using a toilet stool, like the squatty potty, helps you eliminate faster and more completely by putting you in the squatting position right over your own toilet. And without getting too heavy in the details, when in the “toilet squat” position you have more complete evacuation of your… er… waste. There is less pressure on the veins. Less bloating, gas, and constipation.

Something that both my husband and I noticed right away is that squatting really did reduce the time required to do our business. It was just… easier.

But do I really need a squatty potty?

 

 

 

 

 

Of course not. You can find other simple ways to improve your bathroom habits. In fact, while we were waiting for our squatty potty to arrive we used our daughters little step stool. It was a little cumbersome because it doesn’t conveniently slide under the toilet like the squatty potty, but it did help do the job (although for me I like having the height of the tallest squatty potty). Yes, you could also use paint cans. I’ve heard of people making their own, too.

Someone asked if they could just bend over and get the same results. Not quite. While this may be more effective than just normal sitting, having your feet propped up helps with the efficiency of having a solid ground for your feet. Otherwise you might start straining other muscles in the process. No bueno.

So what do I think of the squatty potty?

I like it. I like that I can keep it out of the way. I like that my daughter can use it when it comes time for potty training. I like that my husband really likes it.

But mostly, I like that it helps me use my body in a more natural way. I like that it keeps my colon happy and keeps me spending less time in the bathroom. So, yes, I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up.

What do you think? Are you ready to try the squatty potty? I know some of you already have. Share your experiences below!

(image source 1, 2, 3, 4)

 

 

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25 comments

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  2. Dawn @ Small Footprint Family

    This is awesome! I’ve been wanting to try one of these ever since I first saw it. I lived in South Korea for a year, and all the potties in Asia are squat potties over the floor. When I first got there, I couldn’t squat and balance to do my business without holding onto a wall or something. It was very comical. By the time I left, I didn’t want to go any other way.

    Will have to get one of these now that I know they work so well!

    1. Sam

      I was stationed in Korea for a year and I am very familiar with the toilet in the floor… we called it the kimchi squat. I am going to try the squatty potty. it sounds logical and I haven’t been happy with the fact that when I “go” I don’t eliminate everything. It sounds like this could be a good thing!

  3. Heather

    Soooo I watch the video, it made sense to me! Today I tried it with my kids stool and boy was there a difference!!! I’m so glad you posted this because recently giving birth I’ve had some issues and I think this will help clear things up. Thanks Robin!


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      robin

      Awesome, Heather! This makes me happy. I’m actually really excited to know about the squatty potty before I get pregnant again. I hear it can be really useful for avoiding hemmorrhoids. (Uh, not that I would know anything about that). ;)

  4. Autum

    I can so relate to your entire post! In fact, I thought I possibly wrote this and forgot! haha Really, though, this sums my husband and I up quite perfectly.
    We too have become advocates for the squatty potty. Now we just need a fold-up, portable version. Ah, I can imagine the look on his face the day I add that to the travel packing list. :)

  5. maggie

    OMG,I think i will give a try,looks interesting,my husband is going to say that I’m getting crazy, I have change so many things(for good anyway )


    1. Post author
      robin

      I know what you mean. My husband thought I was crazy… but then eventually he realized how “back to basics” everything was. He’s totally on board and just as crazy now. ;)

  6. Courtney @ The Polivka Family

    Frank and I had been using an upside down dog-bowl to prop our feet up for around two years before we found the Squatty Potty. We’ve had it a couple months now and love it! And yes, we did pack it with us in the trunk when we traveled one time. Hahaha. But I was thinking, you could just use this folding step up stool for a travel one.

  7. Cheryl Magyar

    Okay, I am going to have to try this, or something like it anyway. We have a dry compost toilet, built by ourselves…and a previous WWOOOFer turned us onto the idea of squatting from his time spent in India, so perhaps now, finally, we are going to give it a try!

  8. Kelly B.

    Ours just came today! This week I propped my feet up on a long basket, which helped quite a bit. I wanted something sturdier, so I went ahead and made the purchase. It’s awesome! And, an unmentionable side effect of having babies, that has plagued me since my first pregnancy, has started improving! Sigh… (of relief).

  9. Leila

    Robin, I was soooo with you. Right up until the end, when you said “I like that my daughter can use it when it comes time for potty training.” WHAT? Have you never heard of EC–Elimination Communication? How old is your daughter? I haven’t really been around your site, so maybe she is super-tiny and you still hold her for pottying…? Or maybe she has her own little potty? I apologize if this sounds rude, but I’m just in disbelief that you understand your own (adult) need to squat for pottying, but your baby would be in diapers. Gosh, I’m sounding really rude and condescending now. I don’t mean it! Gonna go check out more of your blog and see what I’m missing. Love the blog! Really!


    1. Post author
      robin

      I actually have heard of EC, and we did try it. For nine months. And finally gave in when we realized our little girl wanted nothing to do with it.

      1. Leila

        Bummer! Well maybe with any luck she will decide to potty train early and her body might remember all your EC efforts. You’ll certainly be setting a good example for her with the squatty potty. I’ve been using my kids’ stool for about 6 months now, as other posters have, and can’t wait for a squatty potty. Also getting ready to make your yogurt fruit leather and reposting the barefoot posts as well. Thanks for the great blog.


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          robin

          Thanks, Leila! Hopefully potty training will go smoothly… we’ll see. She’s definitely a “do what I want” person. ;)

  10. Penelope

    Stumbled upon your fabulous blog when I googled travel squatty potty. I have one and love it so, so much….makes a wonderful difference. But I really need a travel size and emailed the folks at SP to plead with them to make a folding/travel size product. No response, but I’m hoping they’ll get around to it. In the meantime I’m going to try that folding stepstool that one of your fans suggested. Thanks, Robin!


    1. Post author
      Robin Konie

      The step stool works pretty good! That’s what we used until we got our squatty potty. :)

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