On paper, the potty-training experience is pretty low-tech. It’s all about diapers and toilets…right? While it’s true that potty training is a simple idea, the reality is that potty training can be difficult for many fathers.
Of course, when life hands guys a problem, we like to find a solution. And most times that means finding a high-tech way to fix the problem. As it turns out, there are several high-tech potty training tools that will help both you and your kid survive the experience.
Read on to discover four of these high-tech solutions that may completely change how you potty train!
Let’s start with the most controversial potty training tool, shall we? When CTA Digital unveiled their iPotty, the world was shook. It’s a basic potty for kids with one big addition: a stand for an iPad! Overnight, this new technology restarted the fight over how much screen time is too much, especially for little kids.
Our take is simpler: most potty-training advice includes finding ways to make the experience fun for the kid (so they enjoy it and don’t get frustrated). Your kid being able to watch their favorite Netflix show or Youtube video while they do their business is very fun for them. So while you may not want them watching a video every time they go, this is a simple bit of high-tech that has helped us quite a bit!
Pull-Ups Big Kids App
As we mentioned, kids absolutely go crazy for playing around with iPads and other tablets. Why not use an app to help facilitate the potty-training experience? The Pull-Ups Big Kids app is available on iOS and Android devices, and let us tell you—this is a game changer.
The first big attraction of this app is that it features Disney characters that kids know and love. And these characters feature prominently in everything, including motivational “calls” to your kid and games. More games unlock as your kid makes potty-training progress, so it gives them a nice incentive. And the app throws parents a bone with a built-in timer feature so that you know when they need to go without constantly looking at your phone!
Daniel Tiger’s Stop and Go Potty App
This next potty training tool is another app featuring the characters from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. While we’re a little lukewarm on the show, our kids love it. And, more importantly, the app is a great potty-training tool. It works due to some true “thinking outside the box” ideas!
Most potty training apps are like the Big Kids app, with a focus on somehow gamifying the whole potty experience. What the Daniel Tiger’s Stop and Go Potty app does is use games to teach kids to recognize signs that someone needs to use the bathroom. Once your kids see these signs, they must then help the character go to the bathroom. Overall, it’s pretty brilliant. After they’ve done this enough times, your kid will start recognizing his or her own physical signs that it’s time to use the potty!
Monit Diaper Sensor
This last tool is useful for potty training, but it’s also useful for simply saving parents time and money. If you wanted high-tech, it doesn’t get much better than this. The company Monit recently released a diaper sensor that you can attach to your kid’s diaper. The sensor tells you right away if the diaper is still good or if it’s dirty (and whether it’s dirty from poop or pee).
This function alone will save you from needlessly taking diapers off when they are dry, and it spares your poor nose from having to constantly smell reeking diapers. Best of all, when the long potty-training journey is finally over, this sensor can still be useful as a way of gauging temperature and air quality, so you don’t have to throw it out with the diapers.