'Potty Watch' doesn't bowl us over

We're skeptical about such Pavlovian attempts at potty training.

Potty Time

Maybe it's just us, but we've never had to force our kids to go to the bathroom. It's always been more of an issue having them not exercise their bodily functions at inopportune times, such as the middle of a movie, in the car on a road trip, or a downtown bus station where the last thing you'd want to do is set foot (or anything else) in the public restroom.

So were somewhat disappointed to learn that the "Potty Watch" is aimed at teaching tots when to go, rather than when not to. The toddler wristwatch is supposed to train them, Pavlovian-style, to use the facilities upon seeing its flashing lights or hearing the music that plays at programmed intervals. Yes, we understand that children might soil their diapers less frequently if they used the toilet more regularly, but we're skeptical about their ability to learn bladder control like this at an age when they're trying to eat spaghetti with their ears.

But the worst part, at least for the parents, is that we'd be forced to hear the same tunes every 30, 60, or 90 minutes, according to Slippery Brick. "Potty time lyrics are included," the product site says. Oh joy.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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