Potty training your techie kid

We're not sure whether we should cringe at this sign of our times or be thrilled that someone finally put this idea into production, but either way, the iPotty has arrived and we're pretty sure it's here to stay.

This training toilet with an iPad dock attached has been getting a lot of buzz since its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2013 and while we're still on the fence, we're also not writing it off yet! Our biggest question... does our iPad warranty cover urine?

Are you serious?

Parents who attended the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2013 were all talking about the same product... the iPotty. With a mix of "can you believe this" and "this is awesome" posts and initial reviews, the iPotty is coming to a store near you on or around March 1, 2013. Designed by tech-accessory company, CTA Digital, the iPotty features all of the standards you'd expect from a training toilet — an inner bowl for easy cleaning, a splashguard for minimizing mess and a design that was created to fit children as young as 18 months comfortably.

What it also has? A 360-degree rotating case that lets your little potty trainer switch from horizontal to vertical iPad viewing, as well as an iPad stand that has three different positions to "comfortably fit each child's level and preference" (Amazon.com) and naturally, a clear screen protector that snaps around the back of the iPad to prevent "smudges and little messy accidents." We'll leave it at that.

All in all, if you're looking for a training toilet that also allows your child to play on an iPad, this design has everything, with the exception of the iPad itself. They've even thought to include a cover that turns the potty seat into a regular seat, so that kids can use it as more than just a toilet. At just under $40 (Amazon.com), the iPotty is more expensive than most training potties on the market, but it's likely that the price will come down, post-launch.

iPotty pros and cons

While at first, a toilet with an iPad attached may seem ridiculous, most moms who have potty trained a child or two know that sometimes, the biggest challenge is keeping their little one on the toilet long enough to actually go.

"Having your child make the connection between going potty and using the iPad is a dangerous one to make..."

With an iPad at their fingertips and water in a sippy cup, the iPotty could very well be the key to potty-training success for some kids.

On the flipside of the toilet seat, having your child make the connection between going potty and using the iPad is a dangerous one to make, especially if you're already having a hard time battling your little one about iPad screen time. We know that at times, potty training brings out the most desperate moments in parenthood, but try looking at the long-term road before you combine these two worlds. Losing the battle, but winning the war? That probably applies in this case.

What parents are saying

When we asked a few parents who are in the midst of the potty-training years what they thought about the iPotty, there were a lot of laughs and a few curious expressions, as if they were trying to find the missing link between an iPad and a toilet. Parents of potty-training boys in particular had concerns that they might miss the toilet because of bad aim and hit the iPad instead. Other parents admitted to using their iPad on the toilet themselves (names withheld, for obvious reasons), so they could see why using it to help aid in potty training would be a good idea.

The verdict, for the majority of moms and dads we chatted with about the iPotty, was that if you were having trouble keeping your little one sitting on the toilet long enough to make any potty-training progress, the iPotty could be a reasonable next step. But, they all wrote it off as an initial potty-training tool.

Tell us

Would you use an iPotty to help potty train your child?

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Comments on "iPotty: The best or worst new parenting invention"

Terri July 29, 2013 | 7:35 AM

Awesome idea!!! I am shocked at the negative remarks."what is this world coming to"... excuse me.. this world is already there.. high tech..thats what we are..yes its different from when we were 3 yrs old. If you have a preschooler that has been shielded from electronic devices.. they will have a problem in preschool and school, children do not go to kindergarten to learn ABC's anymore.

rach May 13, 2013 | 5:55 AM

a disgrace. kids that age should not be anywhere near an ipad.what is the world coming to

Lauren March 13, 2013 | 8:37 PM

I have to say I understand where this is coming from. The only way I got my son to make the connection between the potty and peeing was telling him he could have chocolate milk and sitting him in front of the tv. He stayed put, we made a big deal when he peed the first few times, and then we moved the potty to the washroom so he'd stop sitting on it every time he wanted to watch tv, lol. I agree that I wouldn't want my ipad near the potty... but the tv worked for us, and the ipad would do the same thing.

Jeremy March 13, 2013 | 10:43 AM

While I can see this being useful to many with children(like mine) who seem not to want to stay on their potty longer than a few seconds(Or in my kids case not wanting to sit, but willing to stand like dad does to pee) I can also see the drawbacks, the item itself is inexpensive to parents, however the iPad(1-3) that you want to purchase will still run you near $1k, which is outside of my price range personally, don't know how far outside the price range it is for anyone else. Overall here's my rating of this product: Scale 1-5(1 being poor and 5 being excellent) Concept - 4 Usefulness - 3 Cost(Including the purchase of an iPad if you don't already have one) - 1 Average Overall: 2.7

brooke March 12, 2013 | 7:44 PM

This is so great my little girl loves it.

Tanya Roweth March 12, 2013 | 5:46 AM

I don't agree, I sit my little one on the potty and read a book or get a new *potty toy*. Why does the world have to include technology everything!!!!

russell March 12, 2013 | 5:19 AM

Are you serious? I took my step daughter to the toilet and put her on the toilet and put a roll of duct tape on the counter and said your not getting off till you go or I'll tape you to the toilet till you go. I never had to but it got the point across and never had to buy another pull up after that.

Brandi March 06, 2013 | 4:16 PM

Umm no!

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