Will parents want to combine iPads and potty training? This question will be answered when CTA Digital releases the iPotty(http://www.ctadigital.com/item.asp?item=3016). This new invention is a potty training toilet which comes with a stand to allow toddlers to hold and play with an iPad as they undergo potty training.
The iPotty also features: A splash guard to prevent any unwanted liquid getting on the iPad, a pee guard, a removable lid and, a top that allows it to be used as a seat. Will these features make parents want to implement the iPad into potty training? Will parents want their children to use their potty as a seat? Frankly, that sounds disgusting.
Mari Jane Williams expressed her concerns about the iPotty in her Washington Post Blog,” On Parenting.” According to Williams, ‘Many children are already being electronically entertained on car trips short and long, while they’re waiting for dinner and when they could and should be outside running around and playing. The average child spends seven hours using electronic media each day, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. So, really, they can’t spend a couple of minutes in the bathroom without a video or game to keep them company? Do we really want children to grow up thinking that they can and must be engaged and entertained at all times? Surely they can flip through a good old-fashioned board book while they’re putting in their time on the potty(http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/the-ipotty-leave-the-ipad-out-of-potty-training-please/2013/01/15/74c2785e-5c43-11e2-beee-6e38f5215402_story.html.)’
Parents may tend to agree with Williams as her concerns are legit. According to Fox News’ website the kid’s toilet will sell at $39.99(http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/01/09/mart-potty-to-extra-loud-headphones-wacky-gadgets-solve-problems-didnt-know/). That’s ten to $15 more than other children’s toilets on the market.
Perhaps there are some parents who may prefer to pass the time of potty training by using the electronic devices, but do the children need to use an ipad every time they use the potty? Urine, feces and the corresponding odors seem to be a bad combination with something as sophisticated as an ipad. Frankly, the children would be better off having their parents reading stories such as “Everybody Poops,” “Goodnight iPad,” or some other children’s tale. Don’t ruin a perfectly good electronic device or much less a perfectly good bonding experience by adding an ipad to the equation. This seems less like a smart product and more like an iTurd that should be flushed down the toilet; along with what the child leaves in the iPotty.