Creator Joseph Lalicata says after a bout with food poisoning that made him go to the bathroom 10 times a day, he got the idea to make the toilet less intimidating for kids through Toilet Buddies.
Its a set of animal characters with names like Poo P. Bunny, Gatago Giraffe, Puddles Puppy and Ca Ca Cow that are attached to the potty via velcro fasteners.
After a successful run at The World Toilet Expo in Shanghai, China, Lalicata says the Toilet Buddies made a huge splash at The American Psychological Association Conference two months ago.
He says the Pentagons staff psychologist and the founder of the Shy Bladder and Bowel Institute loved his Buddies, and in Lalicatas words, Having very reputable people get excited over Ca Ca Cow is a good thing.
More importantly, Lalicata has observed the initial reaction of several preschool students and says when kids encounter the Toilet Buddies, Its the funniest reaction Ive ever seen, like, Alright, I get it now.
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