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==Fisher Price Fun To learn Potty==
Jack's toilet training seemed to come and be over within such a short period of time that the need for potties wasn't really much of an issue. However me being me, I still had to go out and buy something totally overpriced and over fussed which is this Fisher Price fun To Learn Potty.
At around £35 depending on where you buy it from, it has got to be one of the most expensive potties that you can buy. The main reason for this is that it boasts being much, much more than just another potty. It claims to encourage your child to do all the correct things that they would do when using a grown up toilet.
It is a free standing potty which looks just like a miniature toilet with cistern and flush. It takes 3 x C batteries which are not included (so add another £5 on to the cost of the thing!) and these operate the noises which come from a little speaker and mechanism in the "cistern" section of the potty. The noises and voice over sayings change when different actions are done. For example when the top lid is lifted there is a little tune and then when anything is dropped into the toilet such as number ones or twos, the little light sensor picks this up and makes the voice of the toilet say "yeah you've used the potty" and then a little congratulatory song will play!
The toilet will then tell you to flush the toilet and wash your hands. The voice of the potty is a female one and on the whole is not too annoying when compared to a lot of other speaking toys that we have and it has much more of a life like voice than a computer generated one. There are other little tunes played when the toilet roll is spun although this is purely for show as real toilet roll cannot be held on it.
The noises of the potty can by turned on and off at the back but these are rather beneficial when using the potty and does indeed encourage children to do all the right things. However I do feel that this is really my job and this potty is just over complicating things on a big way. Jack wasn't especially impressed with the things that the potty was telling him and he would at first just play with it more like a toy than when he actually needed to go to the toilet.
The toilet is not especially easy to clean although the section which catches all the "Business" does pop out easily to enable you to dispose of the contents down the toilet. This bit is the easiest bit to clean because of the fact it pops out, but the rest of the toilet seemed to take forever to get all the dust off (which it seems to attract) and get into all the nooks and crannies. It was another annoyance of something else that needed a good clean every few days.
Alongside this potty we purchased a 99 pence plastic potty which was easy to clean,lightweight and portable and Jack would always opt for this cheap one over this all singing all dancing potty which Fisher Price have made. The fact that Jack really didn't' seem interested in this one and was also so quick to learn how to stand up and use the big toilet (another man I have to tell to put the lid down! I nearly fell in the loo the other night getting up to take a pee!- Woke me up a bit!) means that this potty was soon taken down Mums to put in the loft.
I really wish I wasn't so quick to purchase this item as I feel it really wasn't worth the money and thinking about it now it seems like an utterly stupid idea. I think a real person should be teaching the child to wash their hands and be giving all the praise not a talking toilet!!!
For the reasons that getting a cheap potty is a far better idea and Jack didn't get on with this "Fun to Learn Potty" I can only award a 1 out of 5 star rating.
Many thanks for taking to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I brought this potty at £35 although pricey i was looking for anything that would help with potty training my son. He was showing all signs of being ready to learn to go to the toilet but just refused to be without his nappy. I had tried simple potty with no luck he would just scream for his nappy back on so i thought something as fun as fisher prices fun to learn potty would help.
Its a wonderful invention looking just like a real toilet but smaller with many appealing features. After adding AA batteries we began the process. Lifting the lid of the ' toilet ' the child hears encouraging phrases to tell them how well they are doing for trying. The flusher has a smiley face on it and so does the toilet roll holder. When the flusher or toilet roll are used they again sing encouragement songs which are really quiet catchy i find myself walking round the house singing them and my children love having a little dance to the tunes.
After my son spending around 5 minutes on the potty i heard you did it flush the potty. I got so excited but after looking it turned out he hadn't done anything :(. It often does this and although i know that he hasn't been to the toilet Connor then thinks he has done what he needs and looses concentration. I know its a sensor that sets it off so its maybe the way my boy sits on the potty but for me this makes it useless.
I'm sure many children find it useful and i will try to use it again when potty training my daughter but for my son the noises are just too distracting
I'm currently trying to potty train my youngest daughter before the new sofa arrives in 8 weeks (selfish reasons I know!), and it seems she is doing everything in her power to make it an almost impossible task! My eldest daughter seemed to take to it easily, but after buying three different pottys and a baby seat to go under the toilet lid I had all but given up hope... until I saw this little invention!
I immediately bought it as I figured it may make the transission a little smoother if she had her own toilet that was hers and no one elses. It was pricey at £35 and I was desperate to find it cheaper elsewhere but it just wasn't to be.
When I got the box home, I was impressed by how sturdy and life like the toilet seemed and after fitting a couple of AA batteries we were ready to go.
The toilet itself is made by Fisher Price who are experts in the toy industry and this little loo certainly won't dissapoint. With flushing sounds when you press the handle and even cheering noises and a 'well done' when the lid is opened and closed! It even has it's own loo roll attached to the side!
The toilet was an instant hit and although we are still having a few accidents here and there, this loo has potty trained my little girl! The potty is easy to clean with an insert which can be removed and easily tipped down the proper toilet! There is also a little addition to make potty training boys a little easier although to be honest I didn't take much notice of this part as I have girls!
A wonderful idea which will make the stressful time of potty training a child so much easier.
This potty has been great for my kids. We bought it when my eldest was around 15 months and for the 1st few months just let her play with it. As a toy she loved it. It takes batteries and has a flushing sound when you press the handle, you can spin the toilet roll and it sings songs, it talks to you when you lift the lid and gives a cheer and says "well done" if anything actually goes in the potty. The potty itself is quite practical and has a removeable insert which means any contents can easily be emptied and the insert cleaned properly. It also comes with an additional attachment for use with little boys to prevent any spillages.
As a child's toilet it is quite realistic and as my daughter got older she was thrilled to have her own mini toilet with a real working lid and seat. The tunes the potty plays are surprisingly catchy and you end up singing them with your child - which all helps the potty training process!
We are now using this potty with out 2nd child and she loves it too. It's fairly sturdy as it's been in almost constant use for 2 years now and I see no reason why we won't be using it with our 3rd child when he starts potty training.
Definitely a good product to get your child interested in potty training and making the whole experience fun for them.