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Improved Potty Targets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000127625D
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-06
Document File: 2 page(s) / 19K

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Drew Long: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Potty training can be a challenging issue facing today’s busy parents. Products to improve potty training, accelerate potty training, or make training easier in some form for parent or child can help. Often, a product that engages a child or holds their interest during the training process can be a tool for parents to help advance the child through this learning process. Described in this publication are ways to assist in this potty training process.

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Improved Potty Targets

BACKGROUND

Potty training can be a challenging issue facing today's busy parents. Products to improve potty training, accelerate potty training, or make training easier in some form for parent or child can help. Often, a product that engages a child or holds their interest during the training process can be a tool for parents to help advance the child through this learning process. Described in this publication are ways to assist in this potty training process.

CELLULOSE POTTY TARGETS

"Potty targets" are floating, flushable materials used during potty training to assist in the aiming (for boys) and improve the novelty of the process (increasing child interest).

Current training urine targets are often constructed of foamed materials. An opportunity exists to deliver an improved product with cellulose-based substrates. A coated or treated cellulose sheet delivers targeted buoyancy, dispersibility, and low cost. Brightly colored, shaped targets can thus be brought to market cost effectively. A dense sheet of airlaid pulp will float on the surface of a toilet bowl thereby acting as a urine target. Coating the surface with a less permeable coating (for example, < 75 grams per square meter) of latex paint that can be sprayed or brushed on the target) can lengthen float time by slowing wet-out and saturation. An airlaid or air-formed structure made from cellulosic fibers (e.g., papermaking fibers from wood pulp) can be used. The structure can be dispersible, meaning that it can break apart after being wetted, enhancing flushability. Testing of airlaid prototypes indicated that materials made from cellulosic fibers may suffer from poor wet integrity (premature dispersion). Coating of the targets can enhance the wet integrity to provide a more optimized product. The following table shows results of early experimentation and demonstrates the merit of coating pulp materials.

                    FLOAT BULK DENSITY BASIS WEIGHT MATERIAL TIME(s) (mm) (g/cm^3) (gsm) Piddlers® brand by Silly Goose >300 9.9 .047 470 (Wilmette IL )

ND416 pulp sheet, Weyerhaeuser <30 1.3 .564 735

ND416 and 60 gsm latex >300 1.3 .653 855 paint on both sides

ND416 and 60 gsm latex >300 1.3 .610 795 paint on 1 side

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An alternative could include low-density structures made with nonwoven materials such as spunbond or meltblown fabrics, as well other materials such as foams, sponges, plastic components, etc. or These materials can float due to their intrinsic l...