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Joanne Mallon writer
Joanne Mallon Author, parent, blogger Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK

When my children were potty training, we used stickers as an incentive. Each successful deposit led to a sticker on the side of the pot. Over time they inevitably got a bit manky, but that didn’t matter because they were cheap and disposable. But today’s child has a much more high tech potty training accessory.

Meet the iPotty, a potty which comes complete with its own rotating iPad stand. There’s a protective sleeve to keep splashes of urine and toddler poop off your tech, but still, am I alone in thinking - Urgh!

Surprisingly, Amazon say that the iPotty, which has been on sale since May and retails at £29.99/$37.06 is one of their best sellers. After you’ve used it for potty training, you can convert it to an activity seat for your child. I guess in theory you could convert a normal potty to a fruit bowl, but would you really want to?

And what is it saying to our kids if we start teaching them that you don’t even have to pause your tech use to go to the loo?

I remember potty training, for all its mopping up of bodily fluids, as being quite a nice bonding time with my children. You have to stay physically close to your child and engage with them until they get it. If they’d had the use of an iPad I doubt they would’ve wanted to move off the pot.

And what is a child supposed to do on the iPad whilst toileting? Update their Facebook page? I’m on the potty! Feeling constipated...

What do you think, would you use an iPotty? Is this a valuable aid to potty training or bad news for iPads?

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Opinion 3 years ago
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Richard Taylor expert
Richard Taylor Father of 4 boys & IT Consultant Bushmills, GB
Technology expert

That sounds like a genius idea! I dont know if I would quite go so far as to buy the device pictured, but simply getting them to play one game on it to distract them and get them to stay on it sounds like a good idea!

For our boys we didnt have much potty using, they all wanted to use "the big toilet" and so we ended up with a seat for the toilet and they were all excited every time the sucessfully went to the toilet. There were many occasions where Mr Men books or picture books were found next to the toilet.

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Experience 3 years ago
Stephen Woodley
Stephen Woodley Anti-Social Behaviour is my job. London, GB

This ipotty is too much; too commercial and I wish I had thought of it. This is the way things are going and I know that I would use it if granny donated one to our struggling family. It's a great idea.

Currently, my boys are happy to sit on the toilet (with special seat) with my cheap tab or smart phone as a perfectly good incentive to stay there until I am satisfied.

Tablets and smartphones are their world now and to watch how comfortable my 18 months old boy flicks and slides his around my tab and phone with such concentration that I maybe creating problems for the future when he goes to school. For now its made potty training a doddle.

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Experience 3 years ago

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