Love the article from a fellow blogger regarding this “ipotty”. I have included her post after my post for those who would like to read it.
As for my opinion…When I seen this picture I was shocked. An potty and an ipad stand. That is just crazy. I will not deny the benefits of having an ipad and having children use an ipad. I have witnessed this for myself. At two years of age my daughter was able to open and close applications, interact with applications and benefit from using the ipad. But it was also under my supervision and for a specific amount if time.
Leaving your child to be “entertained” by this device is just wrong. There is so much educational potential it has for children if parents help them use it correctly. Putting it onto a potty so your child can be entertained while in the hope of being potty trained is as absurd as putting a TV in a bathroom and letting your child watch cartoons. How is this even suppose to help the process of urinating in a potty. I would think children would be dissapointed to leave the entainment of their potty to start going to toilet. This is going to have children in a potty longer then they need to be.
Where have we gone wrong. Who will buy it? And clearly there are people who would, thats why they manufactured such a crazy concept. Let gets real and be intelligent parents. Use technology to the advantage of our children. Do not dangle an ipad on a potty hoping to get your child to poo in it with ease. They should be aware of their bodies and what they are doing. Why try and distract them from it?
Instead of using the ipad as a distraction use it as an educational tool. Download interactive children potty training e-books on your iPad and educate them about the process. Read about it and talk to your children about it. That and other books helped me potty train my daughter at 21 months. No ipotty , not even a potty! Educate children, do not entertain them!
Lindy West wrote about the iPotty for Jezebel last Friday and I can’t stop thinking about it. I mean, I’ve stopped thinking about it at times. It would be weird if I didn’t. But then I think about it again. This stupid iPotty. So, I’ve got to take a minute and tell you about this thing. It’s a potty with a place for your iPad to “make potty training fun and easy!”
Do you want to know what’s driving me nuts? It’s not that the iPotty exists. That doesn’t bother me. People invent products that they think people will buy. You want to design, produce and market something that you think people will buy? Fine! This is America and that’s one of the things we do here. We make things that we hope people will buy. (We also like to drive around mall parking lots for long periods of time looking for the space closest to the door.)
My issue with the product isn’t that it exists. It’s that people are buying it. It’s available all over the place. Target. Home Depot. Amazon. Best Buy.
I mean, let’s be honest, it’s an awful product. Yes. Some families have extenuating circumstances. I get that. But please — as a general rule — oh my goodness!
"It makes potty training fun and easy!" How fun and easy does potty training have to be? How distracted do our kids need to be all the time? How distracted do WE need to be all the time?
Jessica Lahey wrote a great article up at the Atlantic on the importance of letting kids daydream. She argues that mental downtime makes people less anxious and helps develop creativity:
"I’m talking about the kind of mind-wandering that happens when the brain is free of interruption and allowed to unhook from the runaway train of the worries of the day. When the mind wanders freely between random thoughts and memories that float through our consciousness, unbidden. Television, videogames, and other electronic distractions prevent this kind of mental wandering because they interrupt the flow of thoughts and memories that cement the foundation of positive, productive daydreaming."
You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? Let our kids pee and poop in peace! Let them daydream! Let them think! Leave them alone!
Science writers Teresa Aubele, Ph.D. and Susan Reynolds wrote about the downside of multitasking in an article for Psychology Today a couple years ago. “If you are allowing yourself to be besieged by an influx of information, you are more likely to have trouble making the creative leap required for original thought or to make wise decisions,” wrote Aubele and Reynolds.
Little kids don’t need to multitask on the potty. Little kids don’t need to multitask at all. Ever.
Please, let the iPotty be our low point. Let the product that combines pooping and an iPad be our low point.
Let us hope we’ve reached a point where we couldn’t possibly add more screens and distractions to our everyday lives or to our kids’ lives.
Let us hope that in ten years we’ll look back and laugh at how we let these small, portable screens invade our homes and our most intimate moments. (Although, sadly, this is probably only the beginning.)
As for the iPotty? Maybe I used the wrong word to describe it. It’s not just stupid. It’s sad. It’s sad that the buyers at some of our country’s biggest and most profitable stores think that this is a product that deserves space on already-crowded shelves.
Actually, it’s more than sad.
To borrow a word associated with the bathroom, it’s shit.
(Image from 9to5Mac)