This children’s potty helper has a problem, and it involves pain

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Squatty Potty recalled its SquattyPottamus children’s toilet step stools after they caused one little boy to bang his head on a wall and a little girl to chomp the inside of her mouth hard enough to draw blood.

The problem, according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: “The top removable step (hat) on the recalled children’s toilet step stools can detach while a child is standing on it, posing injury and fall hazards.”

And there have been falls that have caused injuries: “Squatty Potty has received two reports of children falling from the toilet step stool, resulting in one child hitting her chin on the toilet and biting the inside of her mouth causing her to bleed. Another child fell and hit his head on a wall.”

The problem is with the green top, which looks like a hat on the steps with a hippopotamus face. The company says parents and guardians should remove the hat and return it to the company for a $10 refund.

To find out how to do so, customers should call Squatty Potty at 855-628-1099 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or via email at

At least these steps have been recalled.

Another potty training device also has had problems. Despite a Dec. 5 filed lawsuit alleging the product nearly dismembered a 3-year-old’s genitals, customers can still find the WeePOD Basix Potty Ring for sale.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal