Squatty Potty Review

This is why I love the Squatty Potty:

  1. It’s fun to say Squatty Potty.
  2. The platform that you put your feet on has a slight angle tilting away from you, allowing for tight calf muscles, so if you have been wearing shoes with positive heels most of your life this is a nice feature.  Even a one inch heel from an athletic shoe can shorten your calf muscles and make it difficult to get into a proper squat.  You can also attach the platform to slant the other way, so you have options.
  3. It tucks out of the way by nesting against the toilet, so if you have a small bathroom, or if you live with someone who doesn’t want to use the Squatty Potty they won’t have to be bothered with moving the stool out of the way.
  4. It’s sturdy.
  5. It places my feet a good distance apart for a natural squat.  This will allow me to keep my pelvis untucked (hamstrings permitting) and the top of my femurs will press against my abdomen giving a lift and slight compression to the colon. See You Don’t Know Squat for more details on squatting.  But of course, listen to your body, don’t worry about getting into the perfect squat while pooping.  If you are straining to poop, your body is trying to tell you something, maybe it’s diet, lack of water, or your alignment.
  6. The Squatty Potty comes in two sizes, so you can choose depending on the height of your toilet and how flexible you are. There is not one size fits all squatting stool or platform on the market, but I do feel the Squatty Potty is versatile enough to give you options.  You can use it as a stool or a squatting platform.

Yes, that is a mail slot next to my toilet.  Convenient isn’t it?

Update: The Squatty Potty is no longer made in the 5 inch height.

The Giveaway Has Expired

To enter the giveaway, write (in the comment box below) a unique nickname for yourself that is as fun to say as Squatty Potty. Mine would probably be Loomy Loom or Funky Monkey.  If you just want to enter the giveaway and don’t have time for this foolishness, that’s okay too.  Sometimes it’s hard to be silly when you’re constipated and have hemorrhoids, so you can put anything you wish.  Also, please share this post on your social media page.  I will choose a winner by random number selection on March 25th, 2012.  United States and Canadian residents only please.

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130 Responses to “Squatty Potty Review”

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  1. Holy crap I used to have a permanent crease across my belly!! and i’m like, 100lbs. that’s not good. I had rolls, but only because I was a slouching freak.

    I guess if i had to make up a silly nickname for myself it would be…Jim Jam Jillian. Sometimes my spouse calls me JimJam. Or DimDam, which always cracks me up for some reason.

    Also, this video is great. I really like your videos! I started making some, but lost confidence and realized that I needed a bit more time, so I stick to writing right now. :) I really hope I win, because I WANT that squatty potty!! I wonder if i could put it over my baby’s potty…probably not. she can probably learn to squat on the floor over it as she gets a bit taller. then she can move on to the squatty potty as she grows up. You Rule Funky Monkey!! this is a great give away :)

  2. luv to squat says:

    awesome invention!

  3. me says:

    i was just thinking today i need to get one! the problem is i only remember this when i am on the toilet as my brain shifts to something else once i leave the bathroom!

  4. Renee Robichaud says:

    Hi, my nic name is islandmamma or Rae Rae and I shared this on facebook :)

  5. My usual nick name is Kittyhead, cause I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady!! I know the benefits of this type of lift for proper bowel movements, but the Squatty Potty seems like the best design out there! I would love to own one, thanks for your continued information!!
    Namaste, Kittyhead Squatty Potty!

  6. Amy says:

    I have been eyeing my toilet for a good way to get set up to squat for months, now. I envision platforms and other strange apparatuses but nothing so small and attractive as the Squatty Potty. I would LOVE to win this!! Though I would thoroughly enjoy using it, what I most look forward to is enjoying my company’s confusion over what it is and how to use it!

    As for fun nicknames, my coworkers used to call me Lamey Amy. They seemed to have fun saying it, anyway LOL

  7. I would love to win the Squatty Potty! My nick names aren’t as fun to say: Danes and Deepers

  8. p says:

    The video looks great! Very clear.

    1. A friend calls me Loopy Lopey, which sounds like it’s in the same family as Squatty Potty, don’t you think? Maybe first cousins.

    2. Is your bathroom always that clean? Seriously. Is it? It would take me … probably three days of vinegar-and-baking-soda scrubbing to be willing to get that close to my bathroom floor. Or allow a video camera anywhere near the premises.

    3. This giveaway is awesome, and thank you for posting about the Squatty Potty–if I don’t win I’ll be ordering one for us anyway.

  9. Deb says:

    Hi. My dad used to call me Debarooni which I mostly liked, so that’s my offering. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Breena says:

    Wow…that does help a lot…I’ve been trying to figure out how these dang potty things work, so thanks for the video! Since I don’t have constipation or hemorrhoids, I guess I’ll have to go with Breena Bo Beena Banana Fana Fo Feena. I realize this is not very original or creative, but it is silly. And I would love to win a SP just to freak my husband out. And to eliminate well. (is that proper English?) Thanks!

  11. Leslie Clark says:

    Well I’m not too creative but I would love to have a Squatty Potty! So for a nickname I’ll go with Click Clark! Sounded fun to say!

  12. Jack Squat says:

    1. Comment below. – CHECK

    2. Share this page on your facebook or twitter page. – CHECK

    Please “LIKE” the Nurturance FaceBook page – CHECK


  13. Danielle says:

    I was just looking at these yesterday. I’ve never had a nick name so I’ll go with Dani Fanny since we are dealing with potty issues. :) I’ll go share this fab giveaway on facebook. Thanks!

  14. Salvatore says:

    Bio mechanics of natrual human movement, Sounds like somewhere i want to take studie’s in.

    Thanks for the great tips, im new here, definitly gonna lurk around,

    I cant deep squat.., without having my tail bone tuck in adn my back rounding out,

    Which muscles do you suggest stretching in order to do a deep squat comfortably?

  15. Beth says:

    My friends call me Bethie or Bethany which I’ve always found funny since Beth is a nickname for so many other names. Okay, now to share on FB.

  16. Crystal Lee says:

    Hello :) My name would be Regular-Lee lmbo. I pride myself on a quick effortless bowel movement, and putting my knees up on the bathroom stool assists in the positioning of my colon. Oh how I long for a Squatty Potty to be my bathroom buddy!

  17. stacymarie says:

    I want this for two reasons; first, digestive issues but second, and most important, I’d like to learn how not to pee on my feet when in the woods :)

  18. kelly Plichta says:

    I don’t have a nickname but will share that when I”m “squatting” I get up on my tippy toes and straighten my back because it “flows” better and feels natural.

  19. Hemi N. TheRoids says:

    Hemi N TheRoids are a punk rock band from south of the border! They have been screaming at me for quite some time. With the Squatty Potty, however, they are now considering a different musical genre since they no longer feel the need to scream!

    I heart the Squatty Potty! A must have, it is life altering and worth it.

  20. Emily "Needs a New Stool Stool" says:

    currently using only a stool to help get close to squatting – we call it the “stool stool”.

  21. Jen says:

    I was called Jippy when I was younger and I really liked it.
    I just told my husband that we needed one of these and he looked at me like I had two heads, let me prove him wrong!

  22. Lucy Kline says:

    My nickname has always been Lulu but maybe for the purpose of this contest it can be LooLooPooPoo!!

  23. Melissa Cline says:

    This would be a great birthday present! My birthday is at the end of March.

  24. Arual says:

    I just barely ordered a couple of these last weekend, and I can’t wait for them to arrive!

    I think the only silly nickname that is worth mentioning is Wo-Wa (My name is Laura).

  25. R. Thompson says:

    Kookie Wookie wants a Squatty Potty!

  26. Cristina says:

    I would love one of these! I don’t know about a silly nickname… Constipated Cristina may be true at times but it doesn’t have such a nice ring to it. lol

  27. againstthegrain says:

    At my request, my very thoughtful husband tried making a squat stool for me a few years ago, but for some reason I didn’t find it helpful, which was disappointing. Perhaps the homemade stool wasn’t proportioned or sized right, maybe I didn’t use it right or try for long enough, or maybe, with already established anterior and posterior POP (though still premenopausal at age 50 but determined to avoid surgery), it’s simply too late to achieve improvement from squatting. I’d love to try again with another stool.

    Many years ago I used squat toilets in public restrooms while visiting Japan. I marveled that very old Japanese women could manage it, but now I realize that it’s probably *because* they have used the squat position for their entire lives that they can use that posture with ease. After figuring out how to get my clothing out of the way, I thought the floor level squat toilet was great & very sanitary, too. Too bad it didn’t occur to me to continue squatting.

    I can really see how a lifetime of squatting is the way to go, lol. Perhaps if I’d done this when I was younger, the prolapse condition might not have developed.

    Love the Psycho shower scene graphic for the verifier, btw. Somebody has a great sense of humor. Drag the knife to the bathroom indeed.

  28. knitty mitty says:

    Oh my gosh I totally need this! I was JUST saying I think its the toilet not me! ha!

  29. Deanna says:

    This is great! I have known we’ve been doing this all wrong for some time, but how to “fix” it is difficult. Thanks for showing us the SP. I have no silly names, but I shared on fb and “liked” the Nurturance fb page too.

  30. Erin says:

    I don’t really have a nickname, but my brothers had fun calling me Airhead when we were little.

    Thank you for the review of the Squatty Potty. I have looked at several different types on the market, but hadn’t seen this until now and it looks like the best. I currently squat on the seat (sort of dangerous when I’m tired or have toddlers around me!) or use a stool to get my knees up.

    Shared on fb!

  31. L says:

    Great product with a great name. Thank you for sharing.

  32. Cristy says:

    I have been looking for a squat platform for some time! I just never really liked any that I had seen. they were either too big and took up to much room in the bathroom or else were way to visible. THis looks great!

  33. Deborah says:

    I have that crease on my belly! I recently heard about Katy Bowman and restorative exercise on a birthing blog talking about kegels. I am starting to incorporate the stretches and exercises. I would love to have a squatty potty. My nickname–as a child was Tweety or Debbiecakes.

  34. Heather G says:

    I have a couple of nicknames, though none are potty related. Both were given to me as a child by my mother. The first is Widget Didgette. The second is Hasenpfeffer.

    While things are pretty regular for me I would love a Squatty Potty to make sure they stay that way and to teach my kids (oldest is potty training now) the proper way to use the potty. My current waste paper baskets routine is a little hard to explain to a preschooler. I’m also looking forward to my in-laws’ reaction. Thankfully they don’t follow me on Twitter so they won’t see my tweet about this. I’d hate to kill the surprise.

  35. Abby Kurtz says:

    Gabby Abby to be sure! As in, I can talk the hind leg off of a mule!! This lady would never be accused of being demure or quiet. 😛 Thanks for this post.

  36. flimflam says:

    I’ve been trying to squat on the toilet seat! This would make it much more easier and beneficial!

    I love ReXi!

  37. Cynthia Smith says:

    I liked Nurturance and shared on FB. We have a family history of squatting problems. I spent an hour earlier today discussing this subject in regards to a toddler and had surgery myself at 13 for a related issue. I’ve teased my husband that I am going to write a book on parenting titled, “Hangnails to Hemorrhoids.” It looks like squatting properly continues to be a fun family adventure for us. I am cracking myself up with the horrifying and hysterical nickname, ACID BURN.

  38. Tama Clapper says:

    You should market this to doulas and midwives.

  39. Elisabeth says:

    Been working on my squat. Also been reviewing The Little Engine that Could. Apparently, they’re related.

    Fargo Fittenschtumpen

  40. Jessica says:

    Messy Jessy

  41. Steph says:

    I’ve always hated the rhyming nickname associated with Stephanie: Steffy Weffy. I don’t mind, however, a mixture of my first and last names: Stepholey.

    This looks so amazing! I could use it all the time, but especially during pregnancy, how awesome!

  42. Kim Vicklund says:

    Thank you for the eductional information! Kim V :)

  43. My nickname should be fibermaven. I love fibers of all kinds almost as much I love Restorative Exercise.

  44. Angela A says:

    Love this! Definitely need one or two for my family. As for nicknames, too many to list, but one of my favorites is Spine (from my P.T. school days). But probly the funniest is from my big brother…Spongy Wungee Woongee Wungee.

  45. B.G. says:

    I want a squatty potty! Hope I win! Great video.

  46. Lori says:

    Hm, Dr.Lori isn’t as fun to say but its still cool. Esp. since my Mom told my 2nd grade teacher who thought I was mentally deficent due to bad handwriting that I’d grow up and become one.

    My middle son is named Perry and we called him Perry the Platapus before Phineas and Ferb existed. Plus he’s always been a master of hide and seek so we get lots of chances to say, “Where’s Perry?” That’s as fun as squatty potty I think. :)

  47. April Bennett says:

    Able April?

  48. Tanya Mize says:

    I have no funny nickname, i just want one :)

  49. K2licious says:

    Interesting idea… and video. would be interested in trying it. have had digestive and posterior issues.

  50. I would love to win the Squatty Potty and that’s why I’m a Smartie Martie for entering the give away! Ha Ha! As a yoga teacher, I do the ‘squat’ all the time and have my students do it too!!

  51. CC says:

    How cool is that squatty potty?! I really like how it tucks away so nicely. :)

  52. Lori Bates says:

    LBBQ would love to have a squatty potty.Thanks for sharing!

  53. Yvonne says:

    Gumby Girl was my nickname as a young lass.

    Love your videos as usual!

    I will be sharing this on FB and I’ve liked your page for a while now. :)

  54. beth says:

    i LOVE this idea! thanks for educating us!

  55. Ash says:

    So glad I came across your blog and this giveaway (via Katy Bowman’s blog). Have recently started looking for a toilet platform apparatus thingamajig, but wondered at the wisdom of such a purchase, considering my coordination lately and the fact that a few platforms I have come across seem to require a Mt. Everest-like hike and having my knees up around my ears.

    The Squatty Potty looks like a perfect option!

    So, um, to go with the Squatty Potty ‘theme’…(and if I were ten years old and my younger brother was giving me a nickname) it would probably be Gassy Ashy!

    (Although, with the help of the Squatty Potty, I’m sure I would soon be Sassy Ashy!)

  56. Robyn Newell says:

    Thanks for the very informative video, I hope I win :)

  57. Jena Reynoso says:

    Great video and you did it with a straight face!!! I love the internet, what great information it contains.

    My nickname would be Jeaner Beaner.

  58. Beth Jensen says:

    My nickname in college was “Lumpy” because of a story I told about my younger brother hitting me over the head with a snow shovel because I built my snow fort where he wanted to. The name stuck throughout college and still am called it by some friends.

    Love your blog and very interested in the squatty potty!

  59. Alice says:

    Alibaba, and I would love to try one of these!

  60. chris says:

    I have gone by Mostly Monkey in the past; for now, I would just like to win this Squatty Potty!

  61. Christina says:

    I wish I could think of a great nickname for myself, but my brain is sort of lacking in the creativity department. But I have been wondering lately how I might safely incorporate squatting in the bathroom, and I happened upon your giveaway on the Aligned and Well facebook page. Thanks for the chance to win the squatty potty! Ah! I have it. Clutzy Christina. Which is why I won’t squat on the toilet seat.

  62. Judy says:

    Been looking at the SP for a while, but now understand how it works!! Thanks for the great blog and the give-a-way! Not too creative but my kids call me MamaDukes!!

    Thanks again for all the great info!!

  63. Remy says:

    I have been looking for this exact product my whole life! I’ve always put my legs up on stuff (waste basket, boxes, whatever is in front of me) to go potty, and recently started wishing I had something like this when I learned that some places have squatting toilets.

    I don’t have any nicknames that I used. Well, actually, Remy is my technically nickname, because my real name is Remedios.

    I want one of these for each toilet in the house, and I want to get one for my boyfriend’s house as well!

  64. Edna Dodge says:

    I’d like to be entered in the drawing. I had never heard of this before and I’d like to try it.

  65. Amanda says:

    One nickname that I’ve had since a child would be Mandy Pandy and I so need/want a squatty potty. Thanks for the video as I was wondering about this product for a long time. Don’t know if it would help, but I’m willing to try anything. I’m desperate!!

  66. Catherine says:

    My parents called me Tiddles when I was a kid.

    I used to live in China and actually got pretty good at using the squatting toilets. It’s been a few years and I’m very out of practice. I’d love to try the Squatty Potty.

  67. Kandace says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a Squatty Potty!

  68. Jennifer DeVan says:

    I love the idea of a Squatty Potty! What a great invention! I hope I win!!

  69. Sadie Brunfeldt says:

    What a fantastic design. So simple, yet so functional. I’ve tried using a stepstool and then 2 step stools and brainstormed what I could construct to attain the correct ‘stance’ but you’ve nailed it with the Squatty Potty!

  70. Luke V. says:

    Mom used to call me Magoo,
    So help Magoo Poo, and gimmie that squatty potty!

  71. Ginger (Nitzana Yah) says:

    Hi I would love to win a SP. I don’t know which nick name to throw out here. I had many growing up. How bout High Pockets. I think it would solve a lot of my problems I have now with my uterus and bladder and maybe my bowels. Didn’t realize I even had any problems with bowels till I read some of your posts. Result of not having a straight posture I guess. And the fibroids in my uterus probably pressing on stuff causing problems too I am sure. Hopefully I can knock them out using natural methods and not having to have surgery done. Last thing I want to do. I think it would help my 5 yo too who uses the big potty and doesnt reach the floor yet. How do you know what size you would need?

  72. david bartlett says:

    “Wannabee Healthee”

  73. Danny says:

    Great site/info.

    Fanny so Sandy Danny

  74. gabriella says:

    I would love a Squatty Potty :-)

  75. Kami says:

    This could help us all enjoy the “go” a little more.
    I am kami-jamy!

  76. Beth-Marie says:

    I can’t believe I am admitting this but my nickname was BM growing up. Sort of appropriate for this give away. Squatty Potty is pretty fabulous and I want one!

  77. Clara says:

    You did such a great job of explaining what they are and their benefits. How could you not want one?

  78. Nicholas Storman says:

    I’d love to win a squatty potty!

  79. buat kee says:

    This is awesome! I was just talking to my bf about the need to squat for health the other day. And his 3 year old is fearful of going to the restroom because it’s hurting him. Poor li’l guy! This would be wonderful to win. :-) If I don’t, I will be ordering one eventually – and I’ll be telling my future massage clients about this!

  80. TSE says:

    Mine’s Tedi Bobedi…
    Thanks for all your good work Loomy Loom!

  81. Marcee Ludlow says:

    ummm…I’ve actually always wanted a nickname and nothing ever stuck….and I still got nothing, certainly nothing clever. But I did post the link. And here’s why I’m excited about the squatty potty- in the last few weeks, I have totally given up the couch or anything but the floor for sitting in my kids’s room or the family room. My hips are more open in two weeks then they’ve been from prescribed daily stretches from a PT that I’ve been doing for a year. You know that whole form and function idea? I’m going to go blog about it now.

  82. Rebecca says:

    awesome, need this :) my nickname is becca. boring right? :)

  83. Melisa says:

    I can’t think of a silly nickname because I am still thinking about the squatty potty. It is strange how many things that used to be natural we are now having to completely relearn!

  84. Miriam Weidner says:

    My nickname is MiracleYam! (=

  85. Tracydanyel says:

    Unfortunately I have no nickname for myself to share with you but I will share my daughter’s nickname for my boyfriend. She calls him Scotty Dotty! Once I realized it rhymes with Squatty Potty, I thought it was too funny to not share. :-)

    Thanks for posting the video. It really helps to better understand how & why the squatty potty is used when have this visual aid.

  86. Jordan says:

    Oh my GOSH, this is great!
    Believe it or not, proper poo-ing is one of my passions! I am currently finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Therapeutic Practices and from my studies have become very interested in how important proper gut health is to overall wellbeing– which clearly starts with proper elimination.
    I am in the process of gathering information to teach a “webinar” (online seminar) to educate people on everything from frequency to flatulence, which my senior internship is giving me the platform to do. I am beyond excited!
    As for a silly nickname, with my new reputation around the office, I’m known as the “Poo-Guru”(no, really!).
    Anyhow, in my research, I stumbled upon your giveaway and absolutely love your video! Thanks for the educational tid-bits and I’ll definitely be including the “squatty potty” in my webinar!

    I’ll also be following you and sharing this video on Facebook. Happy and healthy elimination to you!
    Thanks again!

  87. Claire DeLeo says:

    Carrie appleberry was my mom’s nickname for me.

    I’d love to win a squatty potty! I lived in Africa for two years, and squatted lots for potty. I missed their squatter toilets, and always wanted to get one. This is the next best thing.

  88. Cheri Puckett says:

    Bucket Puckett

  89. Michelle Watt says:

    I shared this on Twitter, I hope I win I need the Squatty Potty…. just call me “WinnieThePoop”

  90. Ceej says:

    I remember seeing a similar product at a friends house when I was a teen. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.

    I can’t stop saying Squatty Potty. It has to be the coolest product name ever!

    And you can call me Boogaloo 😉

  91. Henna says:

    I LOVE your blog and would love one of these. Please keep the great posts coming!

  92. Sarah Beara Booh says:

    As a Colon Hydrotherapist, this is an awesome product to share with my clients! At my home we use a stool but this is much more effective!

  93. I’m sure there is already a Mikey so I’ll call myself Mikeypoo #2 for clarification.

  94. rebekka says:

    tried a form of the squatty potty last week after a colonic at their office. it’s awesome and i’d love one!!! :)

  95. Iris says:

    longpongsally would be delighted to win a sqatty potty.
    Thank you Loomy Loom
    Such a clever idea.

  96. Dana Dane is my nickname :)

  97. Heather B says:

    I don’t have a funny nick name myself, but one of my baby’s nick names is snooger bot. I would love to win a squaty potty.

  98. Jeanette says:

    Great video and great product. I now have the squatty potty on my wish list now. Would LOVE to win it! You can call me Teddy Jeanettie, since I love to give bear hugs. Thanks!

  99. JJ Morris says:

    I’m Mister Twister and I want that potty!

  100. Emily W says:

    Ooooo….I want this!

  101. R says says:

    I could really use this for digestive issues. I also want to see the look on my husbands face! ha-ha

  102. barbara says:

    Thanks everyone for participating and playing along with my silliness. Your nicknames cracked me up. I will be announcing a winner today.

  103. April Bennett (Able April) is the winner of the Squatty Potty! Thank you all for participating. Reading through your nicknames cracked me up. I’m sure I will do another giveaway in the future.

  104. Great idea! The toilet at my house is a composting unit that I built myself, and is made to be squatted on. So, you don’t need to enter me into your giveaway. I just wanted to say hi. I was first introduced to squatting when I traveled to India many years ago, and noticed the benefits of “eliminating” this way. I also noticed the beautiful posture of the people there, who regularly squat while they are just hanging out or working. As I adopted their practice, I found a lot of relief from my chronic back pain. Now nearly 20 years later, I’m a massage therapist and yoga teacher, and I recommend squatting to many clients and students.

  105. Stephanie Globus says:

    I want the squatty potty so I can humiliate my teenage son with my uber-hippy-dom.

    Yes. Front hall bath. That’s exactly where it will go. Perhaps we can arrange a live demo for his friends.

    JK. For improved health. Seriously.

  106. Deborah Pazzy says:

    Husband has chrons hope this is helpful.

  107. Linda says:

    Hi Barbara, Thanks for posting and sharing video’s to us more to understand the importance in our health of well-being!
    God Bless,


  108. Kevin Irwin says:

    I think it is fate that I came accross the squatty potty. My brother and his son as well as my son have serious issues that I hope can be helped. By the way I am known as kevi Kev.

    Thank you for the video. It made the whole concept very understandable.

  109. First I have ever heard of the Squatty Potty, but makes total sense. This would make a great White Elephant gift at Christmas. Would be good for a laugh and strike up some inappropriate conversation, but a functional/useful tool beneficial to the person who received it :) Win-Win.

  110. jayne says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Just wondering, the lillipad and nature’s platform claim they are best because they allow a true squat and the squatty potty could never work becuase it is just a “footstool” I’m trying to figure out the best one to buy, keeping in mind that I can’t do a “perfect’ squat at this point anyway!
    Any comments?

    • I don’t understand their claim because if you had the strength and joint mobility to do a correct squat, you could totally squat over the toilet with a Squatty Potty. I’m 5’7 and have a 9 inch Squatty Potty and it’s definitely high enough for me to do so (not that I’m there yet). I like the Squatty Potty because it gives you room to progress. The feet pads are a good distance apart for a squat and the foot pad is slightly angled to account for tight calves. I think all three products are great from what I can tell. I went with the Squatty Potty for the reasons I mentioned above and the affordability. I’m very happy with it and will purchase another one in the future if need be.

      • Jayne says:

        Thanks for the reply! looks like I need to make sure I get one tall enough to do a full squat when i get to that point. Maybe their 7 inch is not tall enough but their 9 is.

      • bani says:

        Thank you for this excellent post and video! I’m wondering about the difference between the SP and lillipad and other platforms too however- would a “natural” squat not require the feet to be level with the toilet rim? Although the lillipad tilts the feet towards each other which doesn’t sound that “neutral” either. (Also, is an elimination squat supposed to be with an untucked tailbone?)

        • I haven’t tried the lillipad or the platforms that are level with the toilet. I know people who have and like them very much. It all depends on where you are starting. I would say the majority of people can’t get into a full squat without tucking way under and flexing the spine, so I would start with low foot elevation and work up as you gain length in the posterior leg muscles, full range of motion of the hip joints and strength to hold yourself up. As far as the lilipad tilting the feet toward each other, I’m not sure what the reasoning is. I do like the SP design of slight angle down to account for short posterior muscles-which most positive heeled shoe wearing populations have. There is also space to rotate the feet slightly as needed depending on your current muscle tension. In nature, getting in and out of the squat requires glute strength and hamstring length, keeping the pelvis untucked to avoid strain on the lumbar discs. A resting squat may be slightly tucked, but you don’t want to be so tucked that you are creating excess pressure on the pelvic organs. If you are completely tucked (where your sacrum is underneath you), your sm.instestines and uterus may be shifted on top of your rectum rather than being suspended from above. And it would also make it difficult for the puborectalis muscle to relax. And it could create too much force on the internal sphincter of the bladder, putting you at risk for dysfunction later. Those are just my thoughts. I would say get into a position that is relaxed for you that isn’t creating excess internal pressure. That will look different depending on where you are starting.

  111. Linda says:

    Thank you, Barbara! This was so helpful. You covered everything that I had been wondering about the Squatty Potty.

  112. ONEWEIRDWORD says:

    I’m using two yoga blocks; I’ll probably get the Squatty Potty at some point, but I thought I’d try the yoga blocks first. I gotta say, it’s working well. Quite awesome.

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