Monday, December 15th, 2008
Slow-Close Lids: Family Potty Seats with a Penis-Saving Feature
Blogs are abuzz with a recent BBC report, Toddlers’ toilet seat crush peril. Safety experts have become hip to real incidents of potty training tragedy where heavy toilet lids slam down on boys’ wee little ones. Thanks to Thinga-reader Andrew Fields for sharing this news.
Sound far-fetched? Read this first-hand account of a penile crush injury:
“I am the mother of a 3-and-half-year-old boy and just want to share what happened to my son so no other little boy has to go through the same thing. My son was going to the bathroom last week and was playing with the lid [...] I was with my daughter [...] when suddenly I heard a scream like I have never heard before in my life.
I immediately ran to him and picked him up. As he screamed, I prayed for the nurse in me to kick in because I had to look even though I didn’t want to. Well the tip of his penis was immediately all shades of black and purple. We went to the [emergency room] and quite honestly the first couple of hours we weren’t sure how it was going to end up. It was too swollen for him to urinate and his bladder was full.
They were afraid to pass a catheter because of the trauma. Well, PS we ended up being quite lucky as the swelling came down and he could pee again. The funny thing is he was a little disappointed when I told him it wouldn’t stay purple, “Ah but purple is my favorite color.”
Needless to say, there is something called a slow-close toilet seat that you can purchase to prevent this from happening. I just don’t want it to happen to another little boy!” -BabyCenter web forum message.
Oof, sounds like an argument against circumcision. I’ll take a protective layer of skin for my son, thankyouverymuch.
Logistically, it seems like a kid doesn’t have to be “playing with the lid” for tragedy to strike… imagine he’s just closing the lid with his pants down and his hand slips.
But here at Thingamababy we do more than just shock you with penis pulverizing nightmares. We seek solutions. The rules for family toilet seats have been rewritten. A lot of previous recommendations have gone out the window. A critical feature to consider is a slow-close lid.
That’s obviously a video of an adult toilet seat. Here are three toddler-friendly seats:
Kohler Transitions Quiet-Close Toilet Seat — It’s plastic and designed for elongated toilets. The Amazon sale page references a “quiet-close” lid, but Kohler has a video demonstrating the slow-close. It’s clear manufacturers are focused on noise, not about preserving our ability to be grandparents one day. They would never ignore a scare-tactic selling point if they were aware of it.
Xpress Trainer — This is the first seat I purchased. It’s made from strong and sturdy plastic. I foolishly replaced it with a penis-crushing model because I wanted a locking clip that keeps the toddler seat attached to the lid when not in use (creating less annoyance for adult guests). But since I became a penis preservation advocate, I have not located a slow-close seat that has a locking clip. Until that day, Xpress Trainer is a fine seat.
Flip-N-Flush [manufacturer's site] — This inexpensive addition to your existing toilet seat doesn’t prevent crush injuries, but you could buy a colored Flip-N-Flush and train your kid to keep the white toilet lid up at all times. Or you could tape the lid to the toilet tank. Or you could use self-adhessive Velcro to secure the lid to the toilet tank.Â Or you could install an adult slow-close lid for use with the Flip-N-Flush.
Perhaps most importantly, Flip-N-Flush is the only potentially penis-friendly seat that includes a splash guard.
I’d like to think this is Part 1 of a two part look at better potty seats. Manufacturers need to make family seats that have the three crucial features: #1 slow-close lids, #2 splash guards and #3 locking clips that keep the toddler seat attached to the lid when not in use. I’ll write Part 2 just as soon as manufacturers catch up.
If you know of a better potty seat, please, post a comment! Also, share you experiences with any of these seats, or your own horrific purple penis incidents.