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10 useful or useless potty training gadgets, depending on who you ask.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then potty training is the mother lode. Kids "doing their business" is BIG business. There are a multitude of books, dvds, dolls and chairs to aid teaching your kids how to ditch the diapers. Here are 10 of the weirdest potty training gadgets we found:

1) Potty Toddler Urinal
Now little boys can pee just like daddy does with their own plastic urinal that flushes just like the real thing. To truly mimic the men's room experence, set up 7 or 8 of them in a room, invite some of your kid's friends over and make sure there's plenty of wet toilet paper all over floor! 
2) Potty Chair In Noah's Ark Theme
What genius came up with this idea? Do kids really hanker for a potty rocking chair with a bibilical theme? Actually, they might be on to something-- potty training is similar to being rained on with urine for 40 days and 40 nights.
3) Potty Monkey
This cuddly talking monkey alerts kids when he needs to pee. First he's nice about it, "I need to go potty. Let's go potty."  But if kids ignore his pleas, he gets pissed. "Hey, take me to the potty now or I'll have an accident!  Your kid better listen up and get him to the potty pronto, or he just may start hurling his feces all over your nice clean walls.
4) It's a Party!! It's a Potty Party!!
Finally, a way to guarantee your kid's going to grow up to be a spoiled brat. Throw her a party as a reward for using the potty! That way, by the precedent you set, she will always think she deserves a party for such feats as brushing her teeth, tying her shoes and later, for not getting knocked up.
5) Potty Mate
This product was solely inspired by mom-guilt. Busy moms without enough time to praise their toddler for going 'pee pee on the potty' can record their voice and let a roll of toilet paper tell them instead.The company offers some sample messages:
* "Dan, I am so happy to see you're going potty".
* "You can flush the toilet now."

We offer our own:
*"Liam, why are you talking to a roll of toilet paper? Are we going to have to commit you to a mental institution?"
6) Potty Targets
"They look like real targets so they can make potty training fun," says the product description. Kids take aim at what looks like a happy little drop of pee. Hopefully after mastering this, your little guy won't ask if he can have his own gun for some real target practice.
7) Potty Watch
A watch reminds your toddler to go potty in 30, 60, and 90 minute intervals. The product info on its Web site claims "It takes care of the job of potty training for you! "Really? It mops up accidents and rinses out potty seats?
9) Piddlers Toilet Targets
More than anything, you gotta love the name of these toilet training targets for boys. One problem: They look disturbingly similar to delicious candy.
8) The Tinkle Timer
Guess kids today won't tolerate a boring old egg timer, so mom and dad have to shell out cash to get a new fangled gizmo called a "Tinkle Timer." The timer tells kids exactly how long they need to sit on the potty.  Not to be confused with a time out.
10) The Riding Potty Chair
Hey, when kids have an accident during potty training, just tell 'em to get back on the horse, or the whatever this is supposed to be. Seems to us potty chairs shouldn't be easily confused with an amusment park ride.

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23 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous January 12, 2010, 2:58 PM

LOL! Why do you need “Piddlers?” What happened to a good old fashioned round of Sink the Cheerios?!

ps - My husband says the mini-urinal is awesome. If we ever manage to produce a male child, I’m sure Daddy will be buying this little jewel!

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alex December 30, 2010, 4:21 AM

this is some interesting and useful info, i’m going to try it againmusic review

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