Christine Koh


I'm Christine Koh, a music and brain neuroscientist turned multimedia creative. I'm the founder + editor of Boston Mamas, co-author of Minimalist Parenting, co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, and creative director at Women Online. Drop me a line; I'd love to chat about how we can work together!

Potty Improv


I love shopping, but sometimes the New England crusty in me gets fed up with buying multiple incarnations of the same basic baby product.

We bought the Bjorn Toilet Trainer and Safe Step since Laurel tends to be a do everything like mommy daddy girl. But on Day 2 of potty training it seemed like she just wasn’t comfortable. She was squirming a lot on the seat, and her feet were just an inch or two shy of reaching the Safe Step so there was no where to plant her feet and get busy.
I fretted online over alternatives that evening, and after reading complaints about some popular free standing seats being too awkwardly low to the ground for tall kids (Laurel is off the charts height wise), and just not wanting to be stuck with another piece of gear, we decided to try making it work with what we had in the house.

The first step of our household stepstool (which lives in the bathroom anyway so Laurel can get up to the sink to wash her hands) ended up being the perfect height for feet planting, and for now the Safe Step serves as a convenient seat for mom or dad. As for the squirming, we realized we weren’t providing enough entertainment; now with all the books in the bathroom sometimes it’s hard to convince Laurel to get off the seat.

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