Mum potty trains toddler with Amazon Alexa trick – parents call it ‘pure genius’

A mum has revealed how she used her Amazon Echo Dot to toilet train her toddler⁠—with incredible results.

Australian mum Leanne said she asks Alexa to remind her son Ben to use the toilet every 40 minutes, and that he has barely had any accidents since.

According to NetMums, Leanne said potty training had been a nightmare until she began using the Amazon smart speaker for help.

She said: "I don't know if everyone has already thought of this and I'm a bit behind, but I thought I'd share.

"I have an [Echo Dot] (Alexa) in my kitchen. I ask her to set a reminder for every 40 minutes for my son to sit on the potty."

Leanne said Ben thinks it's "brilliant" when Alexa addresses him by name, and said: "It's been so successful and really helped his potty training!"

She also gives her son a sticker every time he successfully does his business and that accidents have been reduced almost to zero.

Her post was liked by over 300 people, and was called 'pure genius' by some commenters.

"Wow is this the new generation", wrote one parent.

"Love this idea! Been trying to encourage my son to use the potty, so gonna enlist Alexa's help," said another.

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While smart speakers like Alexa can be really useful, they might also have a dark side. If you've ever received an ad for something just minutes after talking about it, Amazon has confirmed that it uses voice recordings from Alexa to target users with ads.

Amazon spokesperson Lauren Raemhild told The Verge: "Similar to what you'd experience if you made a purchase on Amazon.com or requested a song through Amazon Music, if you ask Alexa to order paper towels or to play a song on Amazon Music, the record of that purchase or song play may inform relevant ads shown on Amazon or other sites where Amazon places ads.

She added: "We do not share our customers' personal information to third-party skills without the customer's consent," and that Amazon allows Alexa users to opt-out of any ad targeting.

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