Should May use this medieval toileting device?

October 25, 2012 at 21:39

Mama Lewis


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?


  1. Kristina October 25, 2012 Reply

    I guess I can't figure out how it is supposed to work at all?

    • Mama Lewis October 25, 2012 Reply

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

      • spiralingsnails October 29, 2012 Reply

        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!

        • Mama Lewis October 29, 2012 Reply

          Bwhahaha! I love it.

  2. kmom October 25, 2012 Reply

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

    • Mama Lewis October 26, 2012 Reply

      No. That would be great if it could!

  3. CSmith October 26, 2012 Reply

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

    • Mama Lewis October 26, 2012 Reply

      I'll check that out. Thank, CSmith!

  4. Rv October 26, 2012 Reply

    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.

    • Mama Lewis October 27, 2012 Reply

      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. Katy October 27, 2012 Reply

    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. Kristen October 27, 2012 Reply

    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. Kristen October 27, 2012 Reply

    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.

  8. Mirandola October 28, 2012 Reply

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

    • Mama Lewis October 28, 2012 Reply

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

  9. Kate November 14, 2012 Reply

    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 - - 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.

    • Mama Lewis November 15, 2012 Reply

      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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