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.

Photo of a child's hand inside a blue transparent Gotta Go Mitt and a photo of a child lifting a toilet set while wearing Gotta Go Mitts.

Gotta Go Mitts "help reduce the anxiety parents have when their children say they ‘gotta go’ when away from home," states the product’s news release. So true. Children are fearlessly oblivious to germs.

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.

Several observations…

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).


3 Responses to “Gotta Go Mitts: Potty Gloves for Toddlers”

  1. liam says:

    Any parent actually concerned about their child likely has enough sense to have done some research in biology and understands that the body has a mechanism to defend against any pathogens: the immune system. Also, anything in the mouth will either take up residence there (the human mouth already houses an innumerable species of bacteria) or fall into the pit of acid that is the human stomach. Besides that, a bathroom is a cold and usually barren place, one is more likely to find microbes on a computer keyboard than a toilet seat. Since the shortest route into the body is inhalation (only two cells separate the air inside lungs and the bloodstream) parents ought to be more concerned about aerosol cleaners and solvents than bacteria. Not to mention the inherent waste, dioxin and plasticizer dangers posed by polyethylene at every stage of its life cycle.

    July 30th, 2007 at 3:51 pm

  2. Stacey says:

    I am looking for a MOM to help me get my idea on the shelves.

    October 22nd, 2007 at 7:43 pm

  3. Heather says:

    I agree but disagree as well.
    My daughter is 28 months and she just caught community MSRP (Staph Infection) which is a bacteria infection collected under the skin. It is common in public restrooms (Toilet Seats), door handles, Grocery Carts, day cares, school etc. So bacteria is a huge concern of mine and that is why I am on this site searching for more ways to prevent my daughter from catching this horrible infection again. It was found near her bottom so it must have been acquired by a toilet. She is potty trained mind you. So please do not underestimate BACTERIA. It lives everywhere including cold bathrooms.

    A loving mom

    March 14th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

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