I was looking for a potty to toilet train my daughter when I came across iPotty, an iPad accessory for potty training. At first, I thought it was a joke but when I saw it on Amazon, I guess iPotty is for real. Who would want their kid to play with an iPad while potty training? Only adults use their tablets in the toilet, right? I know there are potty training apps and potty training songs to help parents make potty training fun for kids. I am for the moderated use of tablets for kids but keeping your kids glued on the iPad while on the potty is media overuse, in my opinion.
According to CTA Digital, the iPotty can give children a “comfortable and fun place to learn to use the potty.” With its bright colors, the iPotty looks like any other potty. It also has a seat cover which turn it into an activity seat if not in use. The only difference is that it has an iPad stand and holder which can be rotated, adjusted and can likewise be removed. The iPotty can support an average child of 18 months and up to 43 lbs.
iPotty is the Worst Toy of 2013
It turns out, I’m not the only one who finds the iPotty ridiculous. Technology for kids should pass the approval of the parents first and iPotty failed to impress a lot of parents. The Campaigns for a Commercial-Free Childhood voted the iPotty as the Worst Toy of 2013. And if you read the reviews at Amazon, there are a lot of really hilarious comments such as the one below.
I bought this for myself because, let’s face it, I’m a busy lady on the “go” (pun intended!) and I don’t always have time to properly do my business when there is so much internetting to be done.
Fortunately, I was blessed with a pretty minuscule frame and some freakish flexibility, so I am able to mount this sucker like a barely-oversized toddler.
At first, I found myself only using time-wasting apps like Flow or Fruit Ninja. Then, as my restroom visits lengthened (thank you, iPotty! My rushed toiletings had lead to some pretty serious lower G/I issues), I realized that we had some serious multi-tasking opportunities here.
In the past week, I have edited my NaNoWriMo novel, stalked my ex-boyfriend (whose new wife, by the way, is hideous… but at least she’s tall, right, Rich?!), filled out my passport application – AND PRINTED IT! FROM MY BATHROOM! – and completed an online mobile app development class. And I’ve never been more regular!
The only downside I can see is that now, every time I try to use my iPad in a non-water-closeted venue, I experience the sudden and undeniable urge to eliminate waste. It makes my normal bedtime routine pretty uncomfortable, and makes me feel weak for my Pavlovian response.
I’m trying to taper off using this, but now a regular toilet just feels so high. There is a reason most of the world squats, people! It’s better for you!
My next plan is to use this to toilet train my cats. I have tried those cat apps, but they don’t like them. They LOVE the keyboard app, and one of my cats wrote a pretty incredible song the other night when I was drinking and watching House, but by the time I came out of that wine stupor, the other cat had apparently deleted the recording out of jealousy.
Neither of them has successfully mastered the potty yet, but I have high hopes! And I guess I’ll just start reading before bed or something. I don’t know what people who read on the toilet do to unwind, though…
Go to Amazon for more customer views and reviews for CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad
iPotty for Kids with Autism and Developmental Problems
iPotty seems ridiculous for parents without special needs children but for those who have, the iPotty can offer a solution for their potty training problems. Here are some comments at CCFC from parents with special needs kids.
When I first heard about this on a support group for parents of children born with a severe defect that causes most of them to to be incontinent to various degrees I thought it was a fantastic idea. Still do. Our son was given a twenty percent chance of being able to potty train. We beat those odds, happily. But it was very hard and he must take medication daily to keep clean. Other parents of children with this condition aren’t so lucky and must use suppositories or enemas to keep their children clean which involves hours, sometimes, on the toilet. I think this device gives them more options to learn while, at the same time, offering them a chance to potty train. Walk a mile in our shoes before condemning something that could help our kids. Thank you. – Susan Lawson
as a mother of a child with high functioning autism, who is not potty trained at 4.5 yrs old…
this is the item of the season… can’t wait to try it, telling her school about it…
as another mom wrote in a page that was criticizing the creation: Our children HATE absolutely loathe sitting on hard surfaces because they literally send what seems to be piercing pains through their nervous systems. The only way I, and other SPD and Autism parents can get their child to actually SIT on a potty long enough to take care of business is usually with a computer playing a movie, a phone – etc. In addition to other motor skills issues often times their inner body doesn’t work well either. Typically intestines can be slowed which can result in it taking 30-45 minutes easily for what would take a normal child 5 minutes or less. Though the potty at first glance seems ridiculous – it is actually ingenious for parents like us. – Yadira C.
After reading these comments, I became less judgmental. Products like this may not work for most of us but there are those who might need it. With the popularity of iPad and other tablets, we will be seeing more accessories and technology for children but not all of them are good for our kids. Learn from other parents experiences and use your better judgment. For me, I will use traditional potty training and pass on the iPotty. How about you, would you consider using the iPotty?