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Story of Potty Duck

Learn how a toy was made for potty training boys and girls

Potty Duck was created by two people who believe that children learn best through play and discovery.

Dr. Shelly Mann

Meet Dr. Shelly Mann, a board­-certified
pediatrician with 20 years of experience
helping hundreds of families with potty
training boys and girls. 


Meet Linfred (Fred) Longenecker, a
part-time inventor and a long-time
stay­-at-­home Dad and Montessori parent.

Story of Potty Duck – an inventor’s view

The idea for Potty Duck began when my two­-year­-old daughter was taking a bath. She picked up a bathtub squirt toy and squeezed it to send water shooting from its mouth. I noticed a few drops of water leaked from a second, smaller hole on the bottom of the toy.

I made the hole a bit bigger, and that night we had a lot of fun making the squirt toy pee.

A few days later, our daughter stood up and said, “I want to go like [the squirt toy].”

We hurried off to the bathroom for one of her first successes!

Creating Potty Duck has been super fun. Dr. Mann and I invite you to share your story of how you and your family are using it for potty training boys and girls. We’d love to hear from you!

Read the press release about Potty Duck - a rubber duck with a mission...