Squatty Potty Review: A Proper Way to Poo

The Proper Way to Poo- How Your Posture in the Loo Affects Your Health

I have to admit, when I started blogging, a post about the Squatty Potty and the proper position while using the restroom was not on my list to write! Lately, I’ve come across research and resources that have convinced me that this is an important topic, and I’m going to attempt to address it while keeping the TMI to a minimum.

The Idea of Squatting

The concept of squatting when defecating is not a new one. In fact, I was quite surprised the first couple of times I saw toilets designed for this purpose when traveling. At that time, I just considered it an outdated and primitive toilet, and couldn’t understand why anyone would use one.

Fast forward a few years to my toothpaste and deodorant making, organic-cooking days and the concept actually makes a lot of sense. In fact, young children often do this naturally when eliminating (I can often tell when my one year old is about to need a diaper change because she is squatting down behind the couch).

Recently, I’ve seen posts from everyone from Dr. Mercola to Dr. Oz touting the benefits of proper bathroom posture, and even Bill Gates recently held a contest to re-design the modern toilet. Experts point out that the squatting position is more natural and can help avoid colon disease, constipation, hemorrhoids, pelvic floor issues and similar ailments. Since Colon disease runs in my family and hemorrhoids and pelvic floor issues can often be an unfortunate side effect of pregnancy, I was willing to give it a try.

The correct way to poopAs this website explains: “When we’re sitting this bend, called the anorectal angle, is kinked which puts upward pressure on the rectum and keeps the feces inside. This creates the need to STRAIN in order to eliminate. Compare sitting on the toilet to a kinked garden hose, it just doesn’t work properly. In a squatting posture the bend straightens out and defecation becomes easier.

Assuming the squat position is the natural way to achieve easier and more complete elimination. Research has shown that in some people, the kink is completely gone while squatting.”

The website further explains the most common problems with modern toilet posture and how squatting can help:

5 Problems with Sitting On Your Toilet

#1: Constipation
Let’s face it: most of us don’t get the fiber we need in our diets. It’s true. And we fail to get all the water we need as well. These two things along with improper toilet posture which doesn’t allow us to eliminate completely is a bad combination that creates hard dry stools. These hard dry stools are very hard to push out. It’s called constipation, and we’ve all experienced it. Unfortunately, it’s the norm for altogether too many of us. But that’s just the beginning…

#2: Hemorrhoids
Getting those hard stools out calls for lots of pushing. And that pressure causes hemorrhoids, which can be very painful. Hemorrhoids are inflamed anal varicose veins that have swollen because of our need to push excessively to get those hard stools to pass. And as bad as hemorrhoids are, they aren’t the worst of our potential problems.

#3: Colon Disease
Eliminating completely and often helps maintain good colon health. Many studies point to fecal buildup in the colon as a cause of diseases including colon cancer. And when there is buildup in the colon, our bodies can’t absorb all the nutrients from the food we eat, leaving us without the energy we could enjoy if our colons were healthy.

#4: Urinary Difficulty/Infections
Urinary flow is usually stronger and easier when women squat to urinate. The bladder is emptied more completely when squatting rather than sitting or “hovering”. Squatting can help reduce episodes of urinary tract infections in both frequency and intensity. Now, that is good news!

#5: Pelvic Floor Issues
One of the main causes of this condition is straining on the toilet. The “sitting” position causes a great amount of pressure on the anorectal Angle of the colon causing the lower part of the colon to drop and protrude into the wall of the vagina. Pelvic floor nerves can be protected by squatting for bowel elimination. Men can also suffer from pelvic floor disorders and can readily benefit from using the Squatty Potty as a part of their everyday routine.

Interview with Robert Edwards

To help explain the concept of squatting and how it can be beneficial, I interviewed Robert Edwards, creator of the Squatty Potty:

How did the concept of the Squatty Potty come about?
My mother has suffered from lifelong colon issues and has spent years trying to find a way to alleviate them. A colon hydro-therapist suggested putting her feet up and so she started gathering boxes and stacking phone books in front of the toilet to serve as squatting platforms. The results were immediate, but the method was inconvenient and was always in the way. So, I designed a footstool that fits snugly underneath the toilet when not in use, and is the correct height and slant for use with the westernized toilet.

To create the best possible product, I consulted with doctors, nurses, alignment specialists and natural health experts to identify the perfect height, position and angle ideal for squatting in addition to reading numerous studies on the subject and working with pelvic floor clinics and gastroenterologists nationwide to develop something that they would (and do) recommend to their clients
We started selling Squatty Potties in fall of 2011 out of our St. George headquarters. We are proud to say that our products are manufactured in the USA.

What are some of the shortcomings of the current way most of us use the restroom?
The colon doesn’t fully relax in the sitting position. It isn’t until the colon is in the squatting position that the strain (to go) is eliminated. The kink in your colon maintains continence. Squatting properly aligns the colon and peristalsis is normalized (or quickened). [The above video explains more.]

In short, what is the benefit of using the Squatty Potty compared to just using the restroom “normally?”
The Squatty Potty helps create a squatting position while on the toilet which lends itself to better toilet posture, helping users prevent colon disease, constipation, hemorrhoids and similar ailments.

Are there any studies or research that explain the concept/science behind why this type of position is so much more beneficial?
Yes, this study addresses how body position impacts proper elimination (PDF).

Can anyone use the Squatty Potty or are there people who won’t be able to use it?
Everyone can use the Squatty Potty! Because we have styles that range from 5-9 inches, most everyone can find a height that works for them. It’s an easy solution for women with pelvic floor issues, seniors with constipation and everyone else in between.

Any other info you would like my readers to know?
Physiologically, we are designed to squat. I think a great example can be seen in children that are still in diapers who squat to poop. Many of them then struggle to poop when sitting on training toilets because it is unnatural – they instinctively squat.

The Squatty Potty: My Experience

The concept made a lot of sense to me, especially after seeing with myself and other laboring women, how relaxation and proper positioning of the sphincter muscles can make a night and day difference in labor (and babies are much bigger!). I’d noticed in the past how the relaxation techniques I used in labor (relaxing the jaw, etc) can help elimination be a lot easier, and it made sense that position would have an effect as well (as squatting often makes labor faster/easier as well).

After reading several accounts of people whose elimination was greatly improved by simply changing their position, I attempted to try it their way and just squat on the toilet seat. Sounds easy enough, but when pregnant, it is not. Hilarity ensued.

I was excited to have the chance to try the Squatty Potty, as it is much more convenient that trying to balance on the toilet seat (and more sanitary!), and it looks a lot better than the empty coconut oil buckets I had tried using.

What surprised me with the Squatty Potty was the immediate difference I noticed. The first time I used it, things moved much more quickly (there I go starting with the TMI). Within two days, this position felt so natural that it was strange to sit in the “normal position” anymore.

Another advantage, as we currently have a newly potty-taught little one is that it is the perfect height for kids to use to climb up to the toilet. Between the Squatty Potty and the convertible toilet seat for little ones that we just installed, we’ve had a lot fewer “I-couldn’t-get-there-in-time” accidents. My husband is also very happy that we’ve gotten rid of the free standing kids potty, as it had gotten permanently gross after being used for multiple kids.

Though I don’t struggle with constipation during pregnancy, (thank you probiotics!) I have struggled with hemorrhoids at the end of a couple of my pregnancies and my midwives are often reminding of the importance of maintaining pelvic floor strength since I’ve had my babies so close together. I’m excited to see what effect the Squatty Potty might have in both of these areas.

If you haven’t tried it, I’d definitely recommend modifying your restroom posture to see how it will effect your bowel health. I was surprised at the difference and think you will be too!

If you want a good laugh, check out the squatty potty commercial below…it’s hilarious!

What do you think? Crazy concept or does it make sense? Have you tried it? Share below!

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  1. Thank you for the article! I first experienced real squat toilets while traveling and thought they made a lot of sense for pooing. Hated them for peeing, though–it was an annoying challenge to keep my ankles dry with porcelain just inches below me. But even with that, I imagine I’d have some serious Kegels if I practiced!

    But I digress! After coming home, I never thought of buying a contraption for Western toilets, (which would solve that pesky pee problem) and my cheap toilet seat would break if I climbed on it over and over, so I started leaning my chest forward onto my thighs while raising my heels. Sometimes I touch my toes. Is it weird that I enjoy the little morning stretch while I do my business? And I know it’s not exactly the same as squatting, but it seems to be a good happy medium solution.

    Anyways, I also wanted to mention, though, that I currently have really serious knee issues–botched knee surgery, torn ligaments, etc.–and I know I won’t be able to squat for at least a good long while after my upcoming surgeries–possibly never. I’ve had physical therapists tell me how “bad” kneeling and squatting are for knees, generally. I’ve come to reject this idea as simply dismissing their job of getting me back in full working order, but I’m curious if anybody has any thoughts about this…

    • I think in this kind of situation you wouldn’t be putting as much pressure on your knees as you would if you were actually squatting.

  2. You could also buy a little stool (not pun intended) and place it under your feet when you’re on the toilet, the elevation is somewhat like a squat.


    • Hi Jen, have you ever used a TOILET CHAIR? lf so what was it like.

  3. I have one and I had the same reaction as you did…Things moved more quickly! It does feel strange now to sit in the old position. I think it is well worth it.

  4. Makes sense! I will have to get one for our family.

  5. Do your children use this? If so, do they use the 7 or the 9?

    • We have the seven and they do use it also.

      • This I my dilemma. Squatty Potty doesn’t make one, or an accessory to add, for children. They suggested a 9″. But, will a small child really have proper alignment? Also does the child still need a step stool to get up onto the toilet and Squatty Potty? Is it stable enough for them to put their weight onto while getting up and down on their own?

        I am undecided between this or the Little Looster which seems more stable and at 8″ or so in height would have the same squatting benefit. However, it doesn’t tuck away as nicely.


  6. So interesting! I’ve used a stool for this purpose for years and years, but I never knew any of this …

  7. That’s so funny, I just reviewed the Squatty Potty on my website too! I’ve been using the little stool that my son uses. We did elimination communication with him from birth and it is no surprise that the deep squat in arms hold in EC is the same as using a Squatty Potty or a stool. I’m so glad that he invented this. It totally makes sense and I look forward to hearing how it affects you in this pregnancy.

  8. Well in my country, Indonesia, we have been using squatty toilets for ages, but since most of modern views thought of us as primitives, therefore there are more and more sitting toilet nowadays. I’m personally more comfortable with squatty and still using it until now.

  9. Interesting. Since I don’t have a squatty potty or a stool for kids, I put a pair of yoga blocks in the bathroom. Same idea and the same set can be height adjusted 3 ways, just chose the height that works for each person.

  10. I don’t use the SquattyPotty, but I have used a 7-inch-high stool for the past two years to help with my potty habits. I had years of – ahem – potty issues (and I’m only 30) before I read about changing your position on the toilet. Now, I rarely have issues “evacuating” (TMI, I know), particularly since I abandoned gluten and unfermented diary.

  11. Thank you for posting this! I read this article before Christmas, and ended up asking for a squatty potty for Christmas. I have been very impressed and pleased with the improvement I have experienced. My husband, who at first was skeptical, is now “singing praises” for the squatty potty. 🙂

  12. Can’t wait to try this. Just a comment in general, it would be neat if the businesses that you point your readers to, for example Squatty Potty, could offer your readers a discount as incentive to purchase their products. I’ve seen this on many blogs, not sure if it’s something you’ve explored. In any case, I can’t wait to use this product.

    • They do offer a discount on purchases of three of the Ecco stools with the code SP-ECCO-PACK but that is a great idea… I”ll see what I can do.

  13. I read this post when you originally posted it, and thought about it for a while. Last week we had to get a new toilet and it’s one of the “right height” ones that are higher. I’m 5’6″ (though all of my height is really in my thighs), and I can only touch the floor with my tiptoes. I’ve never had trouble going, but now I do. I have a scheduled c-section (I have to have another one) in a week, and there is no way I am going to be able to “go” with a new incision when my feet don’t touch the ground. I’m ordering today and hoping to take it to the hospital with me too. I just have to decide between the heights and how many. 2 or 3? My husband offered to replace the new toilet, but this seems like a much easier/cheaper solution. Thanks!

    • Good luck for a safe delivery and congrats on your little one 🙂 This definitely was great postpartum for me 🙂

  14. Do you think a little boy (3 years) could use the Squatty Potty to pee standing up? How wide is the front part of the stool? Thanks for the info!

    • Definitely wide enough to stand on for a child. My 22 month old uses it to climb up and go to the bathroom…

      • Hi I have a lil girl nearly 2 and I want her to continue with the correct squatting she uses now with nappies so what size should I get for her to use the toilet with?

  15. Question, if I am a short person (like 4 feet and 11 inches) would it be better for me to buy the 9 inch version as opposed to the 7 inch one?

  16. do you squat

  17. THANK YOU! I had extreme hemorrhoid pain and an intense need to use the potty, nothing was working the pain was to much, I came across your article and tried it> It helped get the job done! now that its 3 am, I can finally get some sleep and will be ordering one in the morning.

  18. What this article says may do as much for one’s health as any medicine, procedure or practice. One caveat: if you are not young and have not been squatting much of your life – be very careful of your knees.

    Don’t Oriental cultures have longer lifespans than the West? Is it perhaps not diet so much as squatting to eliminate? Google: “Getting up and down from the floor without using hands or knees adds years to one’s life.”

    Squat toilets on Thai farms were set over their own small septic tank, had gas traps so no outhouse smell. AND were so elegant in their simple porcelain lines that lay low to the floor and left the small room almost a chapel in its simplicity. And a quart or 2 flushed it. Thai city squat toilets often have a kitchen-type sprayer next to the toilet: bidet without a second fixture. And the Thai bathroom is so easy to clean. Floor slants to a shower pan at one end, no shower curtain to clean etc. In the FL house I designed, couldn’t find a squat toilet, but have the slanted floor, the shower pan at one end, and find myself using this bathroom instead of the Western one upstairs. It is so much easier to clean.

    Didn’t humans always squat to eliminate until the Victorian era when the sitdown toilet became a status symbol.

  19. Letting toddlers squat to eliminate makes toilet training so easy & quick. Thai babies as soon as they could squat were encouraged to squat while the adult encouraged, “Sisst now child, sissst,” for the one, “URRRT, now child, urrrt,” for the other. Back in the States I let my babies squat over newspapers or in the shower stall & both were toilet trained at about 1 yr old.

    But if you are older and haven’t squatted much in life, like on the floor to work or sit, be very aware of any stress you are putting on your knees.

  20. The Squatty Potty is one of the best things I’ve ever purchased. I became proficient in about three days and notice a huge difference when I can’t use the SP (out in public, etc.). I’ve had hemorrhoid flare-ups in the past, but none since using the SP. It’s an amazingly simple yet effective device.

  21. It looks to me like leaning forward works just as well.

  22. I’ve tried several times to post a comment on the difference between genuine squatting and using a footstool (explained at http://www.naturesplatform.com/faq.html#footstools ). It is very sad to see that you don’t want to jeopardize your affiliate income by allowing the truth to come out. On your “about us” page you say your goal is to “help others”. You also say that you “absolutely love helping women have positive birth experiences.” Using a footstool like the squatty potty will not help prepare women for childbirth, because women giving birth need to squat with the body’s full weight on their feet. You also “have five kids under seven” who obviously can squat perfectly well. If you force them to use a footstool, you are doing them a great disservice. Your attempt to suppress the truth shows extremely poor judgement.

  23. Ideally people should have a bowel movement for each meal that they eat. So Dr. Oz asked people about this. Many people have only one bowel movement a week. That is awful. The Chinese have to squat to use their toilet.

  24. I’m not at all trying to hide the truth… I have a comment system that flags all posts with links to cut down on spam and I am way behind on moderating comments (back to the having five kids thing). It is absolutely possible to squat with full weight on a Squatty Potty (which I do) and some elevation is an improvement over feet completely down. I also find it funny that your quest to spread the truth coincides with the fact that you have a vested interest, as your email address indicates that you are part of the natures platform company. I’m all for helpful discussion, but please keep the tone charitable.

    • Thanks for your reply. I only became “uncharitable” when my first two much more polite posts were ignored. I didn’t expect this one ever to be seen by the public. I only submitted it because there’s no email address where I could reach you.

      I’m not only part of Nature’s Platform, but I’m a one-person company. The business is just a “pretext” to educate the population, not the other way around.

    • Children are the real experts. Just give your kids the chance to squat properly and they will never want to go back to a footstool. You don’t have to buy anything except two concrete blocks and a plastic container.

  25. What about the problem of leg blood circulation? When I was younger I would literally sometimes fall asleep on the toilet… And because of being bent over (which is close to the same position as talked about in this article, except bringing your legs up instead of torso down), when I would wake up, my legs would be completely numb, and sometimes hurt really bad. So I learned my lesson! But wouldn’t constantly going to the bathroom in this position cut off some of the circulation to your legs, like what happened to me? That can’t be good, and when you get old I’m pretty sure you’ll start to notice problems with your legs, having bent forward so much through the years. Or am I totally wrong?

  26. I heard about squatting being healthier for elimination from a friend and kind of dismissed it: as a westerner who has also traveled frequently to places with ‘squatting’ toilets, my impression of them being primitive comes from my personal experience of public ones so filthy that they were a health hazard, with layers of poorly-aimed semi-liquid eliminations all over the footpads and floor (and walls and door). Obviously it should be totally different to have a private one in my home that I can clean, so I’m open to starting with a stool and maybe moving on from there. Sounds like other posters’ husbands have come around, so there’s hope for mine then.

  27. Ok. First of all, I have NEVER felt the need to comment on anything online. However, after this link was shared with me curiosity got the best of me and next trip to the bathroom I had to drag in a simple step stool just to investigate. I’ve fortunately never had any issues with constipation and such and have always been very regular, but even I noticed a difference the very first time. I came out of the bathroom raving to my daughters and husband that we need potty stools for each bathroom! My husband used it, just to shut me up, and he was amazed too! He has ALWAYS had issues we BMs and he was so thrilled that he he came out of the bathroom with a smile and a fist bump for me rather then the normal grimace and rubbing of his tummy. I’m sold. Thank you!!!

    • If you’re having such good results with “wishful squatting”, wait till you try the real thing. On a 1 to 10 scale, using a footstool is about a 2 or 3. Children know how to squat, but adults have to be re-trained.

  28. I have a 3 1/2 year old who has been EC’d since birth and will not poo on the toilet. This is understandable reading your post – it has been very informative, thank you. (And I have been reluctant to ‘make’ him anyway).

    He’s approximately 3.3 feet – or 1 meter – tall.

    Do you think the 7″ or 9″ would work for him? Might I need to order one for me and my husband and one for my son?

  29. Hey Katie,
    I am so thankful I came across this post. My midwife recommended that I try the squatty potty in hopes that it would help with labor. My last pregnancy, I never felt the urge to push. I had a unmedicated home birth, but it was so challenging to push without the urge. Do you feel like the squatty potty helped prepare you for labor? And if so, how?

    • I do think it helped some. I just got more used to being in that position and dilated much more quickly (6-10 cm in one contraction) and definitely had the urge to push this last time.

  30. We just bought one and it has definitely helped! Goes much faster and easier now. My husband was skeptical at first, but then I showed him the website and he was all for it, went out to buy it the same day. 🙂

  31. Years ago my mother told me that when she had to go she would frequently have to insert a finger into her vagina to physically push against her vaginal wall in order to facilitate elimination. (I know, my family is all about sharing).

    Anyway, I don’t remember why I started doing it but I do remember squatting on the toilet seat in order to eliminate when I was younger, and I continued doing this for many years. I did this through two pregnancies and continued well after the children were born.

    After I became a working professional I found it inconvenient to squat on the toilet seat and began practicing what my Mamma told me. Particularly if the urge struck me while I was away from home. At some point I completely abandoned squatting and found my mother’s method to be my default. Obviously I am not in love with this method, since here I am looking for answers on the internet.

    Thank you for writing this. While I am not inclined to go out and buy the Squatty Potty, I am reminded that squatting is far healthier and still easy enough to do in the privacy of my own home. The trick will be to find a private stall while in public if I need to go.

    As for the sanitary question, I assume we’re talking about the toilet seat. With so many people “hovering” I usually find public restrooms in worse condition then I would ever dare to leave it in myself. Well, thank goodness for those little paper covers, moist towelettes, and portable hand sanitizer. In my own home we have a few potty rules. After you go close the toilet cover before flushing, because flushing creates an aerosolized spray of the contents of the toilet that has a five foot range and lasts for no less then one hour. After taking a shower, empty the little hair trap that covers the drain and dump it into the toilet with the seat up. While the seat is up, and since there’s a gross wad of hair in there that you have to flush anyway, wipe down the lip of the toilet and the bottom of the seat, then flush as described above. Last rule, after going poop, flush, wait, then use the swisher to clean the bowl. Personally, I usually wipe down the entire sink every time I brush my teeth, it wouldn’t be a big deal to add the top of the toilet seat to that routine too. Each of these things takes seconds to do if you do them every day and reduces the amount of time spent cleaning and scrubbing on the weekend.

    One more thing: I mentioned that I have two children. The first I had in a hospital in the traditional way, with feet up in stirrups. This was a terrible position to give birth in and the labor was much more difficult this way. My second child I had with a Midwife, at home. I highly recommend this for any healthy mother to be. With this labor I was allowed to move about freely and get as comfortable as I was able. While in the pushing phase of labor I decided to squat. This went much more quickly, it was much easier, and I remember every detail of it (In a very good way).

    Sorry for writing so much. I hope that this adds value.

  32. Squatting is the natural way in most eastern countries. Up until about twenty years ago it was absolutely normal to have an eastern toilet as it is called here in South Africa. Amazing that it’s become fashionable again!

    • Its like this in the subcontinent as well, at least in Pakistan. In fact my grandmother, who is now touching 90 years old, is unable to use a regular sitting-down toilet because she grew up in India where it was apparently considered “normal” to squat. She has never complained of constipation and other elimination related issues in her life. I was introduced to what we call an Indian style commode when we moved into this house some 15 years ago and one of the bathrooms had it built in. Im sold.

  33. i find a huge difference between the eastern and western toilets. the problem is that it is difficult to find the squatting cisterns and bowls. most modern houses dont plan for the eastern toilet system and to convert from western to eastern in an old home is a task. people in the east dont start their day with bran and wholewheats to get their system working. they eat lots of bread , oily food ect but i feel that its the squatting method that does the trick. the squatty potty looks like a great idea, but it does not give you the ability to sit in the proper squatting position. worth a try

  34. I hate to be a “potty pooper,” but as a Yoga Therapist I teach my clients to simply bend down while on the toilet bringing their chest close to the knees. This accomplishes the exact same configuration as squatting and, though this product also touts the benefit of gravity while in their upright squatting position, this effect is not only minimal considering the weight of human stool, it also neglects to factor in the colon’s natural peristalsis action which pushes stool through the expulsion n process.

    Once a hard stool “crowns” ( begins to emerge), by far the most effective method of facilitating its exit is rocking. This is accomplished by placing the fists on each side of the abdomen near the hips and pressing inward to protect the transverse abdominal muscles from becoming strained; then pushing the stool outward with your rectal muscles while rocking back and forth. You will find that if you rock all the way backward while you push, this position will cause even the largest, hardest stool to move outward every time until it is expelled. Hope this helps

    • Thank you Robert. I do believe that what you say is right on. Just lean forward. Knees on elbows or so and this will achieve the same realignment as using the squatty potty. And for those of you who have said they don’t want to fall off well I suppose a seat belt is in order….haha (kidding).

    • THANK YOU! I’m looking at the alignment charts and thinking “why not just stop sitting like you’re on a job interview and lean forward?” Whenever I see the ‘incorrect’ pooping posture example, I laugh. They look like they are testifying in court. Bend down a bit! Sheesh those are some uptight poopers there.

  35. I have redesigned the squatty potty it offers three different heights and totally tucks away out of the way of our feet. I would like to talk to you about this.

  36. Now this is the position assumed by a lot of women in countries that do not routinely use water closets. Pit latrines and various modifications of these are used. They demad a squatting posture, but some may choose to stand.
    It has been shown that with this posture, women have better urine voiding flow rates than in the sitting posture as well. (Studies by Gupta et al, and Agarwal et al)
    Could you give a diagrammatic explanation for this as you did with the puborectalis sling constriction angle postural changes with defecation

  37. Years ago I have used two plastic step stools on either side of the potty. It really does make a difference. Sometimes I lean forward as well. Often I am on my toes to help raise my knees more.

    Recently, I started reading about exercise and how we should all be practicing squatting daily for health reasons. One of the things that struck me was the importance placed on putting weight on your heels. Even if you have to cheat and put a board under your heels while you practice. I forget the anatomical explanation. But, it seems like it actually puts your body in a relaxing stance, good posture, and was important.

    So after reading that and reading about different types of potty stools – I am thinking that the most natural way is probably a complete squat – where I am not touching the toilet at all.

    So, my question is: Is a squatty potty tall enough to allow for this? Or would my butt still be touching the seat? Could I get all my weight on my heels? I figure if I invest in one, I want to go ahead and do it the best way. I’d get all my squat exercises in each day too! LOL.

    Thanks for the great article.

    • I think it would depend on the height of your toilet at home and how tall you are. On my commode at home, this would not be possible, but we have “comfort height” toilets.

  38. Very good information. I am pregnant so it would be a good idea!!!! I have a question, I am thinking in switching to a bidet so we don’t have to use toilet paper. Do you have any suggestions Katty?
    Thank you!!!

  39. Did you see the Squatty Potty was in Shark Tank and now has been featured in Bed Bath & Beyond? And you knew about it way back when 🙂

  40. Have you found a squatty potty type potty that you like for your babies or little ones? I’m doing elimination communication with mine and she is getting to heavy to hold so I was hoping to find a small potty for her that would still maintain good potty posture.

  41. I’m a long-time fan of the squatty potty! I use just a regular stool that we already have in the bathroom, which works just as well and is much cheaper. (Though the bamboo squatty potty looks so much nicer!!) I’ve been doing this for so long now that it is very hard for me to go when I don’t have a stool or squatty potty! I sometimes use garbage bins and things like that in hotels, etc, when I have nothing else. 😉

  42. Scored a squatty potty at a garage sale a few weeks a go for $2! Super pleased!

  43. All you have to do is learn one hard fact. If you travel to China or India you are bound to trip over the Floor Potty. Basically it’s a hole in the floor with a pan (aluminum) forming a bowl like a commode and two foot impressions on either side.
    When you go potty you have to squat over it after positioning your feet appropriately.
    Now you will see that this squatting position will help facilitate ease of eliminating your excrement unlike you ever did before.
    There are also the more familiar toilets (European Water Closets) in these countries, the ones we are accustomed to sitting on top of or straddling. These only enable you to get off the ground but do not help naturally position you correctly in order to void.
    They are plentiful in these countries so you don’t need to panic.
    The Squatty potty falls somewhere between the two and is kinder to your knees in that you get to use a regular (EWC) but attain a somewhat squatting position to facilitate ease of bowel movement or elimination.
    If you can squat on the regular toilet seat and calmly maintain balance w/o stress on your knees, then it’s a more efficient way. Mostly younger people will be able to do this without losing balance or falling.
    People have been squatting since the beginning of humanity and voiding efficiently. That’s because it’s a more natural aligned way to do your business without incomplete voiding leading to constipation or worse yet, impaction.
    That being said,they also ate lots of fiber rich vegetarian/vegan diets as well, besides meats etc.
    Bottom line (no pun intended), Squatty Potty is a winner. ?

  44. QUESTION: do you recommend squatting in this position to deliver a baby? What do you recommend for best positions while in labor contractions and actual delivery–the more suatting the best??

    • I think that a mom’s body instinctively knows the best position to deliver, often depending on baby’s position. I will say that with my last labor with a breech baby, I was having trouble dilating because her head wasn’t on my cervix and as soon as I say on the toilet with the squatty potty, I went from 7-10 cm instantly and was pushing, so it definitely sped things up for me. I ended up having to deliver on hands and knees because she was breech, but it greatly helped speed transition for me.

  45. We move into a new home about a year and a half ago. The master bathroom has a handicap toilet so it sits higher. I am short, so using the bathroom was uncomfortable for me. I grabbed a little stool to put up my feet which puts me in the squatting position. I have been using that little stool ever since. Who knew, until today when i saw this article on social media, that my new way was the right way.

  46. Hi my daughter is 3 years and 6 months.Her height is 3′.5” inches, Does this Squatty Potty really works with the toddlers?? i need to buy this. Can any one please guide about the correct height of this stool.thanks

    • My kids having been using since they started potty training…

  47. I ran across a Squaty Potty at a natural food store a couple years ago, and while the idea intrigued me, I had honestly never dealt with constipation that I could remember. That quickly changed when my husband and I found out we were expecting. Not only was my stomach constantly aching from nausea, but constipation became an issue for the first time. My stomach muscles were too sore from vomiting to really “push” so I started putting my feet up on the toilet seat and squatting. This has gotten me through the first trimester, though I might have to buy a squatty potty once my belly starts growing,

  48. Hiya melody
    when you went to the toilet for your poop
    and you raised both of your feet on the toilet seat,
    was it easier for you to poop,and did you not have to
    push much.

  49. I have a query regarding my pooping posture . i don’t like to sit on the toilet seats . So I stand and then bend over ( like my head touching my stomach ) to poop/pee . Is it harmful or is it normal to poop like that ?

  50. I saw a post on FB one day. I tried and love it no other way to do it. Before i was constipated and it all wouldn’t come out, but now it has made a difference in my life. I just use my bathroom trash can I take the bag out and turn it upside down and it’s perfect.