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Pee and Poo- Crazy Potty Training Tactics for the Obsessed Parent

Updated on July 30, 2012

What Happened?

Was it always this difficult? What did parents do years ago when it came time to potty train a toddler? There were no singing toilets, books about poop, or pee and poo dolls. Yes, pee and poo dolls. In case you don’t believe me, read on.

A Swedish company has made a living designing plush toys designed like Pee and Poo. They are cute yes, but a little creepy too. Not only that, but the company offers onesies, underwear, and even Internet wallpaper with Pee and Poo pals smiling at you. Is this a clever marketing idea or a sign that our child centered parenting has gone a little too far?

Pee and Poo in the Plush
Pee and Poo in the Plush
Evidence we are getting dumber
Evidence we are getting dumber

We Must All Be Getting Dumber

Potty training (among other things) has been a regular part of child-rearing. It was fraught with spills and accidents and problems, but parents figured it out. How many adults do you know who still wear diapers? See, exactly my point. But as the world keeps turning, apparently potty training is increasing in difficulty as the years go on- and now we are in desperate need of potty training products to help our children figure out this baffling concept. Worse still, parents must be getting more stupid as time goes on- for parents didn't need all this stuff twenty years ago.

Don't you wish you had a singing potty?
Don't you wish you had a singing potty?

The Potty Training Products

  • Singing potty- it’s not enough to simply tell your little Suzy or Johnny, “good job!” No, now you need to have a toilet sing an opera in your ear when your crap hits the bowl. Do you think perhaps the next generation’s children will have an inflated self-esteem?
  • Potty books- Growing up I knew of one called, Once Upon a Potty. I’ll admit- I did like to stare at the picture of poop. It was edgy to have a book like that when I was two. Not anymore. Now there are books like Everyone Poops, Where's the Poop?, etc.
  • Potty entertainment- A magazine thrown on the back of the toilet doesn’t cut it for modern Americans. Now we need to golf while pooping. Is it any wonder our kids need a constant stream of entertainment?

Then we have potty watches, potty charts, potty stickers, peeing dolls, peeing Elmo, pooping stuffed animals. It’s a wonder our kids don’t grow up thinking that discussion about bathroom habits isn’t acceptable for chatting it up with your neighbor in line at the grocery store.

The Bottom Line

The truth is that children rise to the occasion more often than not. Dumbing things down with cheap tricks and gimmicks does not give them a chance to work and succeed. Glitzy toys and products become the motive for doing a good job and replace the internal sense of achievement at learning a new skill. What about letting the child “feel” good about his/her progress?

Don’t misunderstand my point. I potty trained three children and had my fair share of problems, questions, and anxieties. I carried a small potty in my car for those urgent needs and bought cute underwear. We don’t have to grin and bear it with an outhouse and tree bark as toilet paper. But we need to question the not so subtle influence the capitalist world and marketing has on our subconscious- telling us we need to have this or that to get our child to poop.

Empowering parents to empower children is the secret. You as the parent WILL teach your child how to toilet train and I promise that child will not be an adult in diapers. No pee and poo dolls necessary.

Some Hilarious Books

If you still need a little help getting Johnny to poop, there are some funny books out there. I put potty training books in a different category than products because reading to your child is ALWAYS a good idea, no matter what the topic. If you have a hesitant reader or a hesitant pooper, a book about the bathroom might just be what the doctor ordered!

Elmo rocks out about the potty!


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Who do I credit for this rant?

I do have to give credit to the hubber who inspired this article, SantaCruz. She did a review of the most expensive items on Amazon and on it was a $10,000 singing toilet for adults. It inspired my brain to delve more deeply into the psyche of American's obsession with bathroom habits. Thanks SantaCruz!


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    • Julie DeNeen profile image

      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @dwachira- isn't it ridiculous?

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @carter- yeah..isn't it hysterical?!

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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great hub kids are grown up but enjoying my grand kids now and had to laugh at the oparetic potty:) Child centered parenting gone a little too far with this one yeah? voted up & awesome...cheers

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      This hub made my evening and i enjoyed reading it. I like the photo of the guy playing mini golf in the loo. Voted up, interesting and shared.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I have 2 little girls 3 years old and 19 months old. My 3 year old is potty trained and has been since a little over 2 and1/2. We used some of the things you mentioned and just a lot of patience. Next up will be my 19 month old, but no rushing here, because I feel when she is ready I will know. Thanks for the great hub and am voting Up and sharing this.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      josh- I'll read it now! :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are very welcome Julie, glad to be of encouragement to you!

      P.S. you should read my newest hub about my personal life; I am trying to reach out and let others know a little about me because I am so very new to HubPages.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @mummy- we all are susceptible to marketing :) me included!

      @krillco- I can imagine you have quite the stories!

      @Angela- Thanks :)

      @Skarlet- well good! that was my goal :)

      @John- I thought the books were interesting too (blushing)

      @Josh- Thank you! You are always so encouraging in your comments. I notice! :)

      @mis-jkim- I am relieved those days are behind me too....phew!

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Kildare, Ireland

      This is funny..and I am just in the midst of potty training my him potty chart and reward stickers and promises of treats..and you are right, they will eventually use the potty...I admit i am a sucker to modern day marketing!..hahaha..thanks for sharing and reminding us that our kids will eventually master the potty..thumbs up!

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      William E Krill Jr 5 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

      As a counselor, I often speak with parents who are obsessed with potty learning (note: not 'training', we train animals, not children. Most make the mistake of trying to start the process too young.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Awh.... I love this!

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      Skarlet 5 years ago from California

      Very good hub. I am sure this topic is Googled often.

      I just can't stop laughing:)

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      John Roberts 5 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      These are pretty funny things (that book "Where's the poop" looks interesting), though I'd like my kids to keep their dignity rather than be haunted by a singing potty. Great article nonetheless, voted up and useful ^^

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      greeneryday 5 years ago from Some tropical country

      The Potty Training Products are simply amazing, I never heard of this before... thanks for sharing!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Ok I just need to say, that you have an awesome ability to make your hubs look so enticing! :) You will go far, I covet your talent! :) I do not have a family, but I am sure this hub is very useful to those who do. :) on the other hand, I wish I had $10,000 laying around! :)

      Voted up gunny and sharing!

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      miss_jkim 5 years ago

      I loved this hub! It not only made me chuckle a little, but also breath a sigh of relief that those days are far behind me.

      When my children were young and going through potty training, I was a stay at home mom. I believe this is why potty training was no big deal for my kids. I don't remember any "nightmareish" incidents or difficulties, and no, I didn't use musical potty's or stuffed pee and poo items. As a matter of fact, I was elated at the invention of pull-ups. (telling my age)

      Our biggest hurdle to overcome was staying dry all night, which was accomplished with patience and perseverance.

      I think today's parents have a more difficult time because most of them work and the children are in day care for the majority of the day. Day care providers usually don't have the time to really work with individual children when it comes to potty training, so it seems to take a lot longer and the children and adults are more stressed about the issue. I see this with some of the young mothers I work with now.

      Cute Hub, voted funny and up.