I continue my quest to find the ultimate potty training app the will solve all my potty training woes. Two potty training apps that I recently reviewed are great for keeping the kids interest while providing help and information for parents unfortunately one of the main issues of potty training is timing. The Potty Predictor app covers potty training from a scheduling and reward aspect. The potty training cycle starts with a drink which starts an event that will result in success, try or accident.
The Potty Predictor potty training app provides a simple interface with the following features:
events page that tracks drinks, successful poops and pees, and accidents.
sticker book for successful bathroom trips. Kids can select and move stickers around the page. The sticker book is very basic and not terribly interesting, no animation and the same song in the background. It is also easy for impatient fingers to touch too many times and close the sticker book before they’ve played. Also, there is no way to get back to the sticker book once it has closed. The good thing – theoretically – about this is that it encourages the child to successfully go to the potty next time. Although, as I stated before the stick is too simple to be compelling enough to the potty training child.
the predictor function tries to estimate when your next potty trip is like to be based on your last 40 events – you can alter the schedule for between 25 minutes to 60 minutes. Once again, this falls short – at some stage early in potty training you probably want to be going 1.5 to 2 hours between potty breaks.
The reminder pops up on your iPhone even if the app is closed which is very useful. However, if your child is not ready to go and you click the “remind me later” button the timer starts again, which is probably too long for your potty training child to wait. For example, if you have selected 60 minutes between potty trips and your child isn’t quite ready to go at that time, the next reminder is for 60 minutes after that when it should be 20 minutes – or something that the parents can set in preferences.
BOTTOM LINE If you are just starting to potty train, the Potty Predictor app might work for you. For my purposes, it didn’t work and I didn’t use it long enough for the predictor to kick in. One of the main issues for me was that you can’t see the “schedule” so you don’t know if you have 5 minutes or 20 minutes before your next potty trip, or see how many accidents you had in a day. Also, it doesn’t help to predict the poop schedule, which for me has been a major issue.