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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, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! 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 has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Tuesday 29th of January 2013

My mom keeps telling me that I need to potty train my youngest daughter. I dont think she is ready yet but I think she would have great fun with this!!


Tuesday 29th of January 2013

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... ;-)


Tuesday 29th of January 2013

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!


Wednesday 30th of January 2013

Thanks for commenting - and totally agree! Though is actually me that's more likely to be causing the "blockage" with the iPad ;-)

Kerry Seery

Tuesday 29th of January 2013

I'm not feeling that at all lol


Wednesday 30th of January 2013

Thanks for stopping by - and tee hee! ;-)

Phillip Ross

Thursday 24th of January 2013

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.


Tuesday 29th of January 2013

Here here! Thanks for commenting, Philip.

Luiza bell

Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

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!


Tuesday 29th of January 2013

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 ;-)

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