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

helen neale kiddycharts printable reward charts ipotty for potty training Need potty training help: Enter the iPotty (ahem)...

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!

 

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I'm a mum, a part-time analyst at NelsonHall, and the owner of KiddyCharts, not necessarily in that order, and typically all at once... I have two fantabulus children, Stuntboy and Little Miss Chatterbox, who are the inspiration for my business. They continue to be the driving force of much of what we do in our lives, often when we aren't actually expecting them to be. My long-suffering husband, Brad (ahem), puts up with my rather untidy nature, and haphazard house-keeping (even more ahem) skills. This blog covers my diet coke-induced musings on being a working mum, covering stuff like parenting, reward charts, social media, mummy guilt, which I have a lot of it seems, and anything else that seems relevant or interesting after a shed load of caffeine. I am not trying to be an expert on anything on here, its all about sharing some experiences with a few other people. Hopefully you will find them helpful, interesting, and occasionally they'll bring a knowing smile to your face. So stay for a while, and get to know me, my family and KiddyCharts. Hope you like us all.

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

    • Avatar of Helen Helen

      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. mummyoftwo2

    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!

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    • Avatar of Helen Helen

      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.

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  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!

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    • Avatar of Helen Helen

      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!! :)

    Reply

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