June 22, 2012
Lillipad — "Squat on the loo, it's good for you!"
I won't argue: billions of Asians concur.
From New Zealand comes this remarkable addition to the W.C. space, offering a whole new perspective.
From the website:
The natural squat position — the healthy way we evolved to go! Infants instinctively squat to poop and pee, as does the majority of the world's population.
The Lillipad is an ergonomic squatting platform that sits around your toilet to facilitate the squat position. The Lillipad enables a variety of squatting and squat/sitting positions to suit the flexibility of you and your family.
To ensure comfort, the footpads are adjustable and slope slightly forward and towards each other. To ensure a good fit, the Lillipad is available in two standard heights and the footpads allow width adjustment.
The Lillipad and the build-your-own squatting platform are far more comfortable and stable options than simply perching on the rim of a toilet. They also introduce the healthy and hygienic concept of squatting to others.
The step of the Lillipad provides access for children and (if they are sitting) a footrest too. While the Lillipad or the build-your-own squatting platform are in place, the toilet can still be used in the sitting position.
History of the Lillipad
The Lillipad* squatting platform was conceived in 1991 when I was confronted with a sit-down toilet after having adapted to squat toilets throughout India and South East Asia.
Perched on the rim of a toilet, I realized resting my feet on some timber would make things more comfortable and stable.
Today, many years on, the Lillipad packs down into a small box and has been shipped to over 20 countries.
What's kept me producing Lillipads all these years is a passion to create a beneficial, environmentally friendly, and affordable product — and a certainty that squatting is the way to go!
We also offer plans to build-your-own squatting platform for just US$10 (customize your squatting position).
*For all of you who thought Lillipad was spelt Lilypad, Lillypad, Lily Pad or Lilipad — good on you for finding us!
Squat toilets are also known as Arabic, Chinese, French, Hole in the ground, Indian, Iranian, Japanese, Korean, Natural-Position, Nile pan, and Turkish toilets.
$169 at http://lillipad.co.nz
Full disclosure: Mine's en route.
Can't hardly wait. Erm....
[via a reader whose name I've forgotten — please advise so I can credit you.]
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I remember driving in a convoy 45 years ago in Vietnam and seeing a woman doing a squat in the yard in front of her house (shack) – a bizarre sight for a young Midwestern boy
Posted by: sherlock | Jun 23, 2012 11:20:09 PM
The incidence of hea^W^W^W haem^W^W^W^W piles increased in France at the same time as people swapped squat toilets for sit toilets, so there's some sense in this. Alternatively, it could just be a load of s...
Posted by: Graeme | Jun 22, 2012 10:54:07 PM
We could revert to the hole in the floor original design and eliminate the bowl-lid-seat thing.
Posted by: Kay | Jun 22, 2012 6:20:17 PM
Unsanitary. And tell my old hips that this is what I need. They laugh at you, ha!
Posted by: Becs | Jun 22, 2012 4:47:49 PM
For non-contortionists, or those who'd just rather not squat so much, what about a jutting wall receptacle that you back up to for the depositing of turdly wastes, at a height (an average height) requiring minimal knee-bending. Call it, perhaps, the crapinal.
Posted by: Flautist | Jun 22, 2012 1:27:20 PM
This is for the agile. Although an overhead trapeze might be helpful.
Posted by: Kay | Jun 22, 2012 11:39:17 AM
When I was stationed in Japan, we called them squatty potties. It was very strange to walk into a public bathroom in a park to find a nicely tiled room with just a long hole in the floor for your business...
Posted by: Randy | Jun 22, 2012 11:29:35 AM
Don't forget to write when you inevitably slip and fall in.... resulting in possible painful breakage and certain damp.
Posted by: vanderleun | Jun 22, 2012 10:15:58 AM
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