Riley will be 3 in November and one thing we are yet to crack is potty training. To be honest, i haven’t really pushed the matter because Riley hasn’t shown much interest and i’m still not 100% sure he understands what i am asking of him. He was born 10 weeks prematurely and there has always been a delay with him hitting targets. He didn’t sit up until he was 18 months old and didn’t walk until he was 26 months old, but he got there eventually and i was here to support him all the way. So, if there’s one thing i’ve learnt from him, it’s that forcing children to do something they are not ready for will never work, they will achieve milestones when they are ready and at their own pace. LumiPotti
Having said that, i certainly feel pressure from other parents to get him potty trained and though i don’t want to rush him, he starts preschool in January and i really don’t want him to be ridiculed for being the only one still in nappies. Lumipotti recently contacted me to see if i would be interested in reviewing one of their potty’s so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to get the ‘potty training’ ball rolling.
The LumiPotti is designed for 24 hour use and guides your child through every stage of potty training. It looks and feels like your typical potty but it is made from anti-microbial plastic which has been specially formulated to help in the fight against harmful bacterias like MRSA, E-Coli and Salmonella. As the parent of a premature baby, i find this really reassuring because Riley was born with an under-developed immune system and is more susceptible to germs.
What makes the LumiPotti truly unique and stand out from its competitors though, is its removable night light which helps children master night dryness before total independent toileting. The night light is battery operated, motion activated and will turn off automatically when no movement has been detected for 1 minute. It also features a photosensitive light sensor to operate in dim/low light levels only.
The night light requires 3 x AA batteries to operate and these need to be inserted before its first use. This is a fairly simple process, although i must admit, the night light was quite stiff and it took a bit of force to pull it out for the first time. However, it does seem to have loosened up since then. To set up the nightlight you just have to unscrew the cover and insert the batteries where stated, the light flashes 5 times to demonstrate it’s working correctly and then you just need to replace the cover and pop it back in to the LumiPotti. Simples!
Riley doesn’t like change, so i’ve started by leaving the LumiPotti where he can see it and get to know what it’s for. I’ve also been taking him to the toilet with me and explaining what i’m doing, he’ll hate me for it when he’s older i’m sure but for now it seems to be working. He has pretty regular bowel movements throughout the day, so i’ve been leaving his nappy off around those times and encouraging him to sit on the Lumipotti instead – we are yet to have any wees or poos on the potty but he is sitting on it for periods of time which is something i guess.
Another problem i face is that Riley was born with a mild form of hypospadias, an abnormality of the urethra and willy which causes problems when passing urine. So on top of training him to use the potty, i also face the added pressure of trying to teach him to hold his willy in a certain position. It’s going to be a long process i’m sure but the LumiPotti actually helps with this because it’s well designed, with a high front peak and steep bowl to prevent any accidents.
- Made from Anti-Microbial plastic
- Movement activated night light
- Photosensitive light sensor
- Removable and portable night light
- Requires 3 x AA batteries (not supplied)
- Designed by mums and made in England
- Available in 2 colours – vanilla and green
So what did i think overall? The LumiPotti is a revelation and is one of those innovative ideas that just works. You can tell that it has been designed by parents for parents because so much thought has gone in to the design and function. It gets a big thumbs up from us.
The LumiPotti has a RRP of £23.99 and is available to purchase directly from the LumiPotti website.
*Disclosure: We were sent a LumiPotti for the purpose of this review but all thoughts are 100% honest and entirely my own.*