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Thursday 10 July 2014

Meet the iPotty: now you can toilet train with your iPad

Published 11/01/2013|14:01

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The iPotty for iPad potty training device is see on display at CES. No app is available to go with the trainer, but the idea is to keep the child on the toilet for as long as necessary by keeping them digitally entertained. Photo: AP

A toilet training iPad accessory for babies, the iPotty, has been announced at CES.

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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 (€30) when it goes on sale in March.



In the run-up to Christmas it was reported that many children as young as three would be receiving iPads and other tablet devices for Christmas, as toy manufacturers struggled to gain children's interest.



CTA Digital product specialist Camilo Gallardo said: "It's novel to a lot of people but we've gotten great feedback from parents who think it'd be great for training."



The company highlights the number of iPad apps available for young children to use alongside the iPotty.



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.



Last year psychologist Dr Aric Sigman called for the government to establish guidelines on screen time for children, including the recommendation of no screen time for under-threes, in the medical journal Archives Of Disease in Childhood.



While the US, Canada and Australia have guidelines recommending limits on screen time for children, Britain does not yet.



The iPotty is compatible with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation of Apple’s iPad, and CTA Digital say it will work with other tablets in the near future.



Oliver Smith, Telegraph.co.uk

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