Wednesday, November 16th, 2005
Potty Training Doll Roundup
TV’s Dr. Phil McGraw says you can complete potty training in less than a day using a doll which wets itself. Hey, if it worked for Dr. Phil, maybe it will work for a toddler, too.
Potty or wetting dolls are "potty props" used to explain to your kid where urine comes from and where it should go. Simple, eh? Not quite. Get a doll tricked out with all of the latest features. You want anatomical correctness, a removable diaper, a bottle and the ability to sit on any toilet training seat (unless it comes with its own doll-size seat). Also consider whether liquid passes straight through the doll, or sits in a reservoir until it is triggered for release. There are generally two doll sizes, in the ballpark of 13 and 19 inches tall.
Here is a rundown of various dolls…
Aquini boy dolls and girl dolls
by Gotz â€“ Aquini dolls have vinyl bodies, bald heads and painted
features. Like many Gotz dolls, they are waterproof and appropriate for
use in the bath tub. Just don’t teach your kid it’s OK to urinate in
the bath water.
Potty Scotty and Potty Patty
dolls by Potty Training Concepts â€“ Kudos for designing an incontinent
doll for boys. Scotty can urinate sitting down or standing up. All he
needs now is a training urinal.
Potty Paul and Potty Emma
by Corolle â€“ Let’s all send radiating karmic waves of admiration to LiveAndLearn.com for providing detailed
information and full disclosure about its merchandise. It states some customers have reported that with Potty Paul "the water
doesn’t always go where they want it to go" and Potty Emma "may
eliminate her water prematurely." Hey, don’t you want a doll with the
same problems as your kid? It’s a confidence booster once Junior
performs better than the teaching aid.
Wee One by
Goldberger â€“ This doll is heralded as being as soft as a baby’s bottom.
It "combines the desirability of a soft doll with play features of hard
drink & wet dolls." Why do marketers pitch baby butts as the
softest surface in the universe? Mr. Whipple knew better.
by Fisher-Price â€“ Elmo is a faker! The manufacturer’s product
description is vague on details of Elmo’s gastrointestinal features. Amazon customer reviews
reveal the truth: Elmo’s bodily functions are simulated with
battery-operated sounds. He asks for his sippy cup, but doesn’t drink
liquid. He says he has to pee, but has no urine to show for it. He hums
on the can and then you hear the toilet flush.
Once Upon a Potty Doll
by Alona Frankel â€“ This doll was originally a book first published more
than 25 years ago (with separate versions for boys and girls). Now the
book’s heros, Joshua and Prudence, have been made into dolls. They are
about as functional as Potty Elmo, just without the electronic sounds.
Umm, so I guess they’re just plain dolls.
Amazing Amanda by Playmates â€“ This is one eerie doll. Amanda asks questions and responds to your formulaic answers.
Amanda: "Mommy, what should we do?"
Your child: "Go to the potty!"
thus you have triggered Amanda’s potty routine. You pull down her
diaper, place her on her toilet and off she goes. But, sometimes Amanda
doesn’t tell you when she needs to go potty, and sometimes she can’t
hold it until you get her to the toilet. Oh, joy!
There are no liquids involved, just lots of talking. Amanda responds
to making contact with her supplied accessories via eight sensors
located in various parts of her body.
She has four programmed activities â€“ eating, sleeping, playing and
going potty. To that end, Amanda uses an internal clock to know when
your custom bed time and wake times have arrived, oh, and to talk about
Admittedly, Amanda isn’t really a potty doll. She is designed for
kids 5 years and older, but that’s perfect if you’re a derelict parent
who has neglected potty training responsibilities.