Need potty training help: Enter the iPotty (ahem)…

I was messing about on Twitter the other day, and the lovely Leanne posted a picture of this delightful little number….

iPotty for potty training - really
iPotty for potty training – really Source: AP

Now really, is that necessary was my immediate reaction. Surely we could use a book, give them a special song we sing together when we are on the potty; do we really need to resort to technology? It is the brainchild of CTA digital that makes accessories for our high tech gadgets, such as iPads and Kindles.

But is this a going a wee (get it?) bit too far? I thought we were doing well when we invented the iPoo a few months ago, but this?

It’s waterproof, obviously, but it still looks remarkably vulnerable in there…and is it really going to help your little ones to learn WHEN they need to wee, or are they just going to sit on it for hours on end trying to give those Angry Birds some?

I think I would much rather be limiting screen time for two to three year olds rather than getting them to associate it with going to the potty. Admittedly, some of MY best iPad work is done while on the toilet, but that’s only because its the only place I get any peace around here, and not because in order to hear that delicate tinkle, I need to be tinkering with the iPad.

But hey, that’s just me – what do YOU think!



Helen is a mum to two, and social media consultant and website editor. Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts now works with big family brands to help them promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. Helen also helps other organisations with their social media and blogging strategies, including working part-time as a community manager with Truprint. She can often be found hanging about on social media, and trying to avoid stepping on the Lego her kids keep leaving lying around.

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11 Responses to “Need potty training help: Enter the iPotty (ahem)…”

    • Mums are good at that aren’t they?!!? I suspect mine would have loved it too – but not sure how trained they would have been after using it… ;-)

  1. I don’t think it’s a good idea – it’s bad enough getting the Big Mr out of the bathroom and off his i-Pad without the kids being at it too!

    • Thanks for commenting – and totally agree! Though is actually me that’s more likely to be causing the “blockage” with the iPad ;-)

  2. Phillip Ross

    Toilets are for doing your business not playing games. I see some fors but for me againsts are higher due to the fact of children being lazy these days.

  3. Luiza bell

    iPads are brill when you need to keep
    little ones in one place so I could see it being very useful in the early stages of potty training!

    • Thanks for commenting, Luiza. I agree you need to keep them still; but you do need to be able to move them afterwards as well I guess ;-)

  4. Emma Matthias

    I’d like one for our downstairs toilet… adult size with built in wifi please!! :)


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