Potty training can be a challenging time for all kids, but little boys have to develop an additional skill: marksmanship. The Toddler Target is a motion-activated light that projects a bullseye onto the water in your toilet. It’s one of those ideas that’s clever enough to actually be useful and simple enough that you’ll wonder why no one else thought of it before.
To install the Toddler Target, you have to pop a couple of AA batteries into the off-white, palm-sized unit. Stick it to the underside of the toilet lid lined up so that the bullseye is squarely on the center of the bowl. The green light turns on and off automatically thanks to a built-in motion sensor, and it’s bright enough to see even if you have a bright bathroom.
Giving kids something to aim at makes potty training more like a game, a factor that’s particularly helpful if your kid has had some accidents and is feeling discouraged. It’s also nice that you don’t have to be in the room when your kid uses it so he can go about his business independently.
It’s also useful as a bathroom nightlight so you can see what you’re doing in the middle of the night without turning on a light, scorching your eyes and waking you up completely in the process.
There are plenty of other potty training aids out there, from a frog-shaped urinal to bracelets that remind kids to go. The Toddler Target is one of the most elegant solutions out there, a product that won’t take up much room in your bathroom but is still an effective tool for potty training boys and keeping your bathroom clean.