I've seen some bizarre products in the run-up to fatherhood but, to date, this one takes the biscuit. Now, thanks to the joys of modern technology your child is able to learn how to use its potty on glorious widescreen technicolour.

A special DVD has been produced. Currently only available in the US, priced $19.95 we're sure it won't be long before it makes it over here.

Developed by the Duke University Medical Center, this DVD is said to make toilet training fun with child actors, simple terminology and sing-a-longs.

The manufacturers state:

"It's Potty Time, shows all the steps of using the bathroom in a delightful way that children love to watch again and again. Proven effective ... join Mr. Penders and Bobby as they make toilet training fun! Before you know it, your child will be saying, 'I did it all by myself!'"

And who said the age of hands-on parenting was dead?

It's potty time