Over the past few months we have been potty training Ava on and off. I gave up and decided to wait a bit longer a couple of times because she just didn’t seem quite there and was a bit too happy peeing here, there and everywhere!
A couple of months ago she was ready and it finally clicked, and apart from standing up to wee for a while it didn’t take long for her to get used to using the potty. Then a few weeks ago we made the leap to no nappies at night either and she is now completely nappy free! It feels so good not having to change nappies all day long!
We have been testing out the LumiPotti, which is a potty that lights up when you go near it, making it great for the night-time in particular. LumiPotti has a movement activated night-light that it said to help children master night dryness. It has anti-microbial plastic and is made in England which is nice. The light is powered by three AA batteries, and we have been using it on and off for a few months and it has only just run out. And that is with it lighting up every time any of us walk near it, so one set of batteries should last a good amount of time. The light stays on until it detects no movement for 60 seconds.
Even though at first it may seem a bit gimmicky and unnecessary, the light actually would be really helpful at night when your little one needs the loo and you don’t want to turn a light on and wake everybody up. Ava actually hasn’t needed to go at night since she has been out of nappies (or she is holding it well!), but it has been used on those early mornings where it is still dark outside and hence in our bedroom, and the night light does help then.
When it comes to pouring the contents of the potty down the loo, I don’t think it is that great as it does drip all down the front and onto the floor before you have had chance to wipe it, and another potty we have used doesn’t have this problem so that is something which I think could be improved. I also don’t love the green colour of the one we have and would prefer the white one, but obviously that doesn’t really matter.
LumiPotti’s are £23.99 so at the higher end of the market for a potty, but if your child often needs the toilet at night and you have to turn a bright light on for them to see what they are doing, then it could be worth spending the money so everyone’s sleep is disturbed less.
Would I buy it myself? At the moment, with the way things are, no. Ava doesn’t wake to go to the loo at the moment so the light isn’t very useful to us right now, and by the time she does she will hopefully be using the toilet rather than a potty so we won’t need it. But if she did wake and we had to turn a proper light on then I would consider it. I do think they would be better priced around the £15 mark so you are paying for the light, but they would not be too much more expensive than a plain old potty.
We were sent the LumiPotti to review, but all thought and opinions are my own.