Let me clarify that this post is not about potty training, just the potties themselves. Novelty potties are all the rage these days and I have no problem with that, but I think the selection on the market makes absolutely no sense.
Let me explain…
My daughter is 20 months old and we started potty training at 18 months. We went to Wal-Mart, Meijer, and Amazon.com, looking for a cool potty for her. Most places had exactly the same selection. You had the standard, white, boring looking potties like we all had in the 80s. Then you had novelty potties either shaped like generic animals or inspired by TV characters, i.e. Elmo, Spongebob.
I really do not understand any of these choices. I wanted to get her a cool potty but Elmo, Spongebob, a generic frog? What do any of these characters have to do with toilet training? I do not recall an episode of Sesame Street or Spongebob that showed either character on the can. Do you?
There have been many examples in pop culture that manufactures would be better suited to model a potty after. In the early 1990s, the metal band Green Jello (or Jelly depending on which pressing of the album you owned) had a great character that would be more than appropriate for a child’s potty. With all of the 90s nostalgia that is popping up all over the place, this would be a more than appropriate choice. Or what about the Golgothan from Dogma? MORE than appropriate. Kevin Smith should get on this and place a Shitdemon potty on comic book store shelves right next to the Buddy Christ.
We ended up buying the generic frog and the Elmo potty. I am still not sure what either of have to do with bodily functions. A monkey would be more appropriate. Their cages are always dirty at the zoo. And Elmo? If you want to incorporate a Sesame Street character, why not Oscar? The dude lives in a garbage can! That would actually make sense. What about Cookie Monster? Anyone who eats that many cookies is bound to have bowel problems.
Anyways, here we are with two potties that have absolutely nothing to do with peeing or pooping. I really hope somebody from Sesame Street’s marketing department comes across this post. There are so many creative things they could do. As for other potty makers…get more creative…please!