Monday, April 16th, 2007
Gotta Go Mitts: Potty Gloves for Toddlers
Germaphobes rejoice! Gotta Go Mitts by SLKD Enterprise are disposable waterproof polyethylene mittens for your child to wear in a public restroom.
The mittens are sort of like wearing plastic sandwich bags, except they have a space for your thumb and are intended to fit kids ages 2 to 7. Each package contains 20 mittens, translating to 10 bathroom visits unless you have a one-armed child. At $4.49 per pack, that’s about 45 cents per potty visit, not including shipping charges.
Each package is 5.5" x 6.5" and very thin, and should fold easily in a pants pocket or fit in a purse.
1. As parents of a single toddler, public restrooms have been an easy matter. Our rule is "hands in pockets or on hips." Mom or Dad lifts our daughter onto the potty sideways, at a 90 degree angle, so she’s facing a stall wall (especially important if the seat is U shaped instead of a complete O shape). She holds onto a parent while on the seat. The wash basin is negotiated by holding her up horizontally like a log.
2. If you have two kids, good luck keeping both under control, especially in a restroom stall. Mitts may be a good solution.
3. For non-emergencies with your car nearby, a standalone portable potty seat completely avoids the restroom experience for toddlers. We rarely have true emergencies, with plenty of time to head to the car. How much longer my daughter will be comfortable going potty while seated in our car trunk is another matter entirely.
4. Once a child learns not to put her hands in her mouth, germs aren’t as scary. For me, much of bathroom ickiness will be gone when my daughter is tall enough to wash her hands without a parent holding her.
5. Gotta Go Mitts would be great when traveling out-of-town. Parents become familiar with restroom accommodations (cleanliness level, size of stalls, traffic level, etc.) within their normal shopping and recreational travel patterns. Mitts seem like a nice no-worry solution when outside your comfort zone.
You could of course try sticking sandwich bags on your kid’s hands, but mittens will allow better object manipulation, and the mom-inventor of Gotta Go has 2.5 million mittens sitting in her basement ready to be shipped out to desperate parents.
See previous: Toddler Public Potty Product Roundup (including Potty Mitts by Tudy, a somewhat less practical, seemingly bulkier solution).