iPotty: potty training kids with the help of an iPad

By: Olga Michail Email
By: Olga Michail Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Technology is now a big part of our lives and virtually made its way into our kitchens and living rooms, and now is making its way into our bathrooms!

The company, CTA Digital has introduced a new way of potty training your kids, by using an iPad. The device is called iPotty, which is basically a toilet with an iPad attached to it.

Parents and child specialists agree; it is quite a difficult task to keep children occupied during potty training. The idea behind the device is to keep kids distracted by videos and games while nature calls.

Adam Walboldt, a father of twins, says he would give the gadget a shot to potty train his boys. He says his two-year-olds are already into the iPad, and having it attached to a toilet could be helpful.

"It would definitely keep their attention, because it does already, even when they're not using the bathroom,” said Walboldt.

Child specialists say there are some benefits to using an iPotty to say “farewell” to diapers.

"If you're trying to time how long there are sitting there, so you can put a song on that lasts a minute and a half, that you would want them to sit there, and when it's done than they know that they're all done," said professor of Early Education at UW Eau Claire, Cathy Thorsen.

Some say in our day and age kids are already distracted by technology, and using an iPotty would be one more way of doing so.

"Using a piece of technology, I'm afraid, might take away from that social interaction between the parent and the child,” said Thorsen.

"Technology is a part of our lives. See how it integrated into our cars, into our cellphones, smart phones, iPads for potty training. I think it's just inevitable; you're not going to be able to get around it. And if it helps some learn quicker, why not?” Said Walboldt.

Because, doctors say, the iPotty no matter how helpful, will not replace the parent.

"It still doesn't replace a parent being there and helping them in the potty, potty training has always been difficult for parents no matter if it's now or 50 years ago. The fact is that you need to help your child personally and iPotty can't replace that,” said Pediatrician at Mayo Clinic Health System,” Karen Myhre.

The iPotty will be available for purchase early march. The cost of the potty is around 40 dollars, but it does not come with an iPad. We were not able to get a hold of the CTA Digital for any additional comments.

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