The Iconic Rubber Ducky Makes Potty Training Fun for Children, Parents, and Caregivers

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New toy from Potty Discovery LLC enlists the rubber duck to help parents with potty training their children.

Potty Duck gives kids a fun way to learn how to use the bathroom.

This new children's toy from Potty Discovery LLC is designed to make potty training fun and enjoyable.

"Potty Duck is the most magical potty training motivator available today."

After more than 60 years of floating around in bathtubs with little to do, the iconic rubber ducky now has an important mission―to make potty training fun for kids and easier for parents.

Introducing Potty Duck™—a squirting rubber duck and flushing toy toilet for boys and girls ages 1 to 3. By squeezing the soft rubber duck to make it pee, and flushing the toy toilet, children are practicing and learning the steps to go themselves.

Pediatricians recommend using Potty Duck before and during potty training. Children learn through play. The suction cups of the toy toilet attach to the inside of a bathtub, sink, or small plastic tub. Using the toy as an example, parents or caregivers teach the child the words: pee, toilet, flush, and "go potty."

Science shows children are great imitators. When children seem ready, parents encourage the child to practice sitting on a real potty to try to "go like the duck." With practice, children soon catch on, saving time and money on diapers. Potty Duck becomes a child's favorite potty training buddy - while playing with water, for pretend play without water, and when imitating the duck to actually use the potty.

"Potty Duck is the most magical potty training motivator available today," says renowned pediatrician, Dr. Barton Schmitt, FAAP. "I recommend it in my potty training workshops and in my pediatric protocols for pediatricians and nurses."

Dr. Schmitt is today's foremost expert on potty training from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has written more than 100 articles on pediatric health care, including articles on gradual potty training. Dr. Schmitt has pointed out that the biggest mistake parents make in potty training is doing nothing to prepare the child until the week they start toilet training. Parents can reduce stress and make training easier by viewing potty training as a gradual learning process, similar to learning to walk.

“Parents are often anxious about potty training, ” adds Dr. Shelly Mann, the pediatrician co-founder of Potty Discovery LLC, who tested the toy with her patients in 2016. "Parents tell us that Potty Duck makes potty training much easier. The rubber duck gives children a helpful example to imitate."”

Parents, therapists, and educators are also praising the toy. "When children are having fun and playing, learning is always easier," says Lee Scott, an expert in early childhood education and advisor to Head Start in 22 states. "The Potty Duck is a great toy that promotes learning through play and fun.”

In a recent Miami Herald supplement, Amy Baez wrote: “As an occupational therapist that uses a multi-sensory approach to learning through play, I would suggest the same for toilet training as well. Children can learn through kinesthetic, auditory, and visual learning styles, which are respectively synonymous with physical touch, hearing, and seeing. Potty Duck is a great toy that fortunately incorporates all three of these simultaneously.”

1948: Introduction of disposable diapers.
1949: Introduction of uncapsizable rubber duck.
2016: Introduction of Potty Duck, a rubber duck for potty training.

In the late 1940s, nobody could have guessed that the just-invented rubber duck and just-invented disposable diaper would both become ubiquitous in America. Since the invention of disposable diapers, the average age of completing potty training has significantly increased as well.

In 1999, The New York Times reported that the age at which children become diaper-free has steadily increased since 1957 when 92 percent were toilet trained by 18 months. By 2001, according to a report in the Ambulatory Pediatrics Journal, the average age of potty training completion in the U.S. had reached 35 months for girls and 39 months for boys.

Today, a typical baby undergoes 5,000 to 8,000 diaper changes, costing the average family $1,500 to $2,000 in diapers over the baby’s first three years and resulting in landfill waste that takes 250-500 years to decompose.

For these reasons, part of Potty Duck’s purpose is to help families corral the costs of disposables.

Potty Duck is available for purchase on Amazon and at The package includes a soft rubber duck squirt toy with a flushing toy toilet and potty training tips and instructions from Dr. Mann. Potty Duck meets or exceeds all safety requirements for children’s toys, and is BPA-free and phthalate-free. Ten percent of its proceeds go to organizations that build toilets and improve sanitation for children around the world (Honduras and elsewhere). For more, go to


Based near Chicago, Potty Discovery LLC is a social enterprise focused on making potty training fun and easier while bringing multiple social benefits. More at


Little Lake County News (1/2/17)

Lake County Illinois Daily Herald (12/30/16)

Miami Herald supplement (12/01/16)

Marketplace magazine (10/01/16)


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