Thursday, May 14th, 2009
Fame or Shame Game #11: Boy Potty Shield
Normally I select amusingly ridiculous products for Fame or Shame hoping you’ll write amusingly ridiculous comments (and am aghast when you quite seriously declare “Fame!”), but this time I’m open for debate.
Flippee the Toilet Shield is a curved piece of plastic that you lift up to cover the area above the toilet bowl for pistol-packing boys, and then lift down so non-boys can use the toilet. Or, in the inventor’s own words:
“Flippee The Toilet Shield is an innovative product that keeps your bathroom cleaner and makes potty training boys easier! Flippee protects the bathroom from accidents by creating a barrier to the toilet, floor and walls. It easily attaches to the toilet with suction cups and stores discreetly around the base.”
It is billed as a universal fit for all toilets (or at least the 20 toilets they tested it on).
When Johnny misfires, leaving urine coating the Flippee, and he later rotates the shield down into storage position, there is a “drip lip” to catch excess urine that may slowly snake down the shield. Flippee retails for $20.
I’m wondering a couple things…
Over time, doesn’t the shield become a rather icky thing to clean, coated with dried urine, especially in the drip lip? Or is the alternative worse?
Won’t it be easier for me to potty train my boy by always having him sit down? Why would I tell a toddler to perform a precision maneuver requiring dexterity and aim when I can just tell him to sit down, push his pistol down and unload?
Whether you’ve had a boy go through pistol potty training, or are just theorizing, please tell us dear Thinga-readers, is this inventor destined for fame or shame and why? Begin your comment with “Fame because…” or “Shame because…”
Update: Comments have been turned off on this post. The number of comments submitted to this article was unusually high, with more than half of them from first-time contributors. All of the first-timers weighed in with a “fame” (positive) perspective. Some digging through my traffic log revealed that 9 of the famers came to Thingamababy from a link posted at a moms-who-own-businesses website. Yes ladies, your web browser reports this type of information to every website you visit. The web browsers of only 3 famers didn’t report their origin (either intentionally or because of a default setting on some firewall/security type software they may be using). I can’t blame ‘em; I usually withhold this information myself while browsing.
In any case, the comments posted below are only from Thinga-readers who have contributed to Thingamababy prior to this article being published (e.g., they are regular readers). But for disclosure’s sake, 12 “fame” posts went to auto-moderation because they were auto-pegged as being from first-time contributors, and their opinions are not shown below. Consider this post to be exclusively about what some of my long-time readers think. If you’re a long-time contributor who reads once-a-week, sorry you missed out on your chance to weigh-in.
For the record, I’m not all that harsh on the Flippee. If I was going to train my boy to pee standing up, instead of waiting until he’s much older, I’d probably buy it.