We have the one just like Empress EGB, ours never used it except to sit and visit with us when we were on the potty. We used the padded Elmo and that worked wonderful (foot stool needed). That's it. Oh, something I learned about the padded seats, if you are going to buy one, buy several. One for home, one to travel with(you laugh now, but just wait) and one for grandma's. They aren't exactly cheap for what you get, I think ours was $12 or $15.
Good luck - beaconpaul (not logged in, again!)