Should May use this medieval toileting device?

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 | 17 comments

It is not as we had hoped:

1. An attachment to the small toilet adjacent to her room.

2. Conveniently situated in a room, the bathroom preferably, rather than other her bedroom.

3. Compact in any way, or collapsible.

4. Flushable.

Is attempting to get May to use the toilet worth dealing with this monstrosity?

17 Comments

  1. I guess I can’t figure out how it is supposed to work at all?

    • It’s a chair with a hole and under the hole, goes a bowl. (That almost sounded like something out of Dr Seuss.)

      • Does the chair seat have a hole?
        Will May tinkle in the bowl?
        Like a bouncing baby foal
        lets loose on a grassy knoll?
        No, it will confuse her soul.
        Don’t touch it with a ten-foot pole!

        • Bwhahaha! I love it.

  2. Can it be pushed over the toilet so you can skip using the bowl?

    • No. That would be great if it could!

  3. May doesn’t look very happy about it and it certainly doesn’t look all that convenient. Katie’s mom at theblessingofverity.com , just posted about Katie’s new adaptive toilet seat, maybe that is something that would work better for you.

    • I’ll check that out. Thank, CSmith!

  4. Not helpful at all. Learning to use the “toilet” involves lots of sensory cues apart from being told “now you can go” like the feel of a toilet seat, the smells of the bathroom, the look of a bathroom. And once you are used to that in your own bathroom, you can use the similarities between that and other bathrooms to go at your place, at someone else’s, at school, in public bathrooms etc.

    As far as learning goes that device is MASSIVELY confusing. The message is “one of the chairs in this particular room you can pee on. The others you cannot, nor can you pee on other chairs outside the house. There you will be expected to pee into something totally different that isn’t in a bedroom at all”.

    I suspect… designed by people who’ve never been within 50 yards of a baby, child or anyone with learning disabilities.

    • You make a lot of good points I hadn’t considered. You are right: they designed a chair that could support May while using the toilet, but it is not one that will teach her to use the toilet. Those are two different things.

  5. Yeah, that’s doesn’t really look helpful at all. A lot of times I fell like parents could do a better job designing this stuff than the engineers. I mean, maybe it works, but we also have to live with this stuff.

  6. I’m gonna agree with the above poster. All she’ll learn to do is to go to the bathroom whenever she sits down, the sensory experience of using the bathroom is necessary especially since she has vision issues. There’s got to be some adaptive stuff for her somewhere or something you can jimmyrig.

  7. I found this adaptive seat that has several sizes from child up to adult. There’s a bunch of other choices but this one looked less invasive.

    http://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/children/supportive-toilet-seats-p/toilet-supports-0027130-2899-information.htm

  8. This has nothing to do with the chair, but I wanted to say that May is really remarkably cute.

    • Feel free. Any time. We are open to cute comments on every post!

  9. my fantastic portage person told me about this charity today and although I couldn’t see any solutions in their catalogue they are apparently really good at helping parents find solutions when the ‘professionals’ throw their hands up – fledglings.org.uk – you probably have already heard of it but I have been googling things for a year and I hadn’t found it so thought I would pass it on.

    • I have not heard of them! I’m going to check them out right now. Thank you for the suggestion Kate!

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