January 28, 2013

A Potty Training iPad Accessory, What’s Next?

Sometimes it’s tough for parents to train their children to use the toilet. Not anymore, iPad to the rescue!

For anyone with children, you surely know the potential difficulty of potty training your child. They always say it’s harder to train boys, and they generally learn a little later then girls, but the fact remains: diapers suck, and potty training is a huge milestone in the development of children.

In high school, I wasn’t the best student. After being removed from a few classes, I was left with a tough choice. There were no electives open for me to take except early childhood professions. I was crushed.

ECP was a childcare class that taught students about babies, young children, development, and care. There was a daycare in the back of the campus open to people in the community, and we students were responsible for caring for three and four year old children. There were trained staff that oversaw us and took care of the babies, so we were in good hands.

The rule in place was that the children attending the daycare had to be potty trained to enroll, but they still taught us a number of things about it during the lecture portion of the class.

A parent can do a number of things, such as: schedule potty times, familiarize the child with the bathroom and the things in it, encourage the child to express themselves when they need to go, and even introduce incentives. A piece of candy for a successful potty break can go a long way. If all else fails, I’ve been told to put the child butt-naked on the potty chair in front of the TV and praise them when they finally do go.

That last-ditch effort has become more of a business opportunity for one Brooklyn company. CTA Digital introduces the iPotty.

“CTA Digital say they hope the iPotty will help with toilet training by allowing children to watch videos or play games on their iPads while using the toilet. The iPotty comes with a clip-on cover to transform the potty for a child to use as a seat and a cover to protect the iPad from damage (iPad not included), it is expected to retail for £25 when it goes on sale in March.”

It’s a potty chair with an iPad dock, so to speak. It’s designed for the iPad to be right in front of the child while they use the potty. For roughly $40 (USD) I think it could be a worthy investment for folks with trouble potty training their children.

According to The Telegraph’s interview with CTA Digital product specialist Camilo Gallardo, “It’s novel to a lot of people but we’ve gotten great feedback from parents who think it’d be great for training.”

“Despite Apple’s minimum age rating on the App Store of 4+ many toilet training apps, including Oceanhouse Media’s Once Upon a Potty, have their own lower recommended age range of 1-4 years.”

Apple surely has the minimum age to be politically correct in an era where children’s dependency on electronics is a public issue, but within reason I guess it’s ok for babies to play on iPads and other portable electronic devices.

The makers of the iPotty, CTA Digital, are a leading manufacturer of gaming and multimedia accessories that has contracts with everyone from Nickelodeon to the U.S. Army, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say they know what they’re doing.

Returning to my personal connection, I ended up thoroughly enjoying the ECP class. I was the only male in the class, so that made it fun, and ironically, my star student ended up having an uncle who’s now, seven years later, still one of my best friends.

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