Every parent who has seen the Toy Story movies knows where the writers got the idea. There is some toy, somewhere in your house, with a dying battery. Batteries do not die quietly. Toys do not come equipped with a "low battery" light or a status bar, telling you just how much time is left. Toys...turn psycho.
I am not talking about the toys on your child's floor, nor the ones lying on the top of the toy box. Those toys have been played with recently. Those toys have received attention. Those toys are good.
It is the toy you haven't seen for a while. Maybe it isn't at the bottom of the full toy box but it is wedged in the middle, somewhere. In the middle of the night, while your family is sleeping, that toy will beep for no reason. When the children are in school, the dog is napping and the house is quiet, that toy will talk. And if you should dig for that toy, find that toy and hold that toy it will stop. (Think Rex in Toy Story 3: "He held me! He actually held me!)
But my latest silence-stopper? The potty.
Yes, for the THIRD child, I bought a potty that sings when you, well, you know. Except this one doesn't. It can--it simply won't--because no one uses it. Little guy uses it as a stool to step up to the sink. He uses it to hold his books while he uses The Big Potty but he does not sit upon it. So it has no reason to sing.
What to do if you are a potty with no reason to sing? Well, sing for no reason at all! It is 11pm. Everyone, including the dog, is asleep except for me--and the potty. So it sings.