Once kids and parents get the hang of potty training, it’s time to take the potty training journey on-the-go!
Going to the bathroom in public places is a whole new experience for toddlers and they need to learn all of the ways of going to the bathroom in public. I’m sharing some of my potty training hacks for public restrooms!
Tip #1: Make your first trip out of the house a QUICK one!
This is what it should look like: potty at home > get in the car, drive to the store > go inside and find the bathroom > Go potty > PICK UP ONE THING from the store > check out > stop in the bathroom again > get in the car, drive home > go to the bathroom.
YES. I’m for real. As your child gets more used to holding their urine and strengthening their bladder, s/he will be able to hold it for longer periods of time and you will be able to go out of the house for longer trips.
Tips #2: Get a piddle pad for the car.
Well friends, this is one I learned the hard way. I didn’t know that piddle pads existed. I also didn’t realize that, “Mommy, I need to pee” means, “Mommy the pee is coming out right now”… Oh yes, I had a giant puddle of pee on my son’s car seat, in the middle of the Target parking lot. My only option was to take the liner off of his car seat, change his clothes, and ride home on a hard, uncushioned car seat. I felt AWFUL.
Learn from my experience. Invest in a piddle pad.
You won’t regret this purchase. Buy one now.
Tip #3: Have a portable potty option.
There are many portable potty options for on-the-go. But using a disposable cup in the car is just as easy, if not easier than setting up a whole potty seat!
Here are some portable potty options (click on the image to purchase on Amazon):
Tip #4: Keep Post-It notes in your purse/diaper bag!
A lot of children are afraid of big public toilets and automatic flushers. Validate your child’s fear, then tell them that you have the perfect solution. Pull out your post-it notes and cover the automatic flusher with a sticky note. This will prevent the toilet from automatic flushing. Once your child is done going to the bathroom and has left the stall, remove the post-it note. WOO HOO! You’ve accomplished BIG things in the potty world.
For more tips, check out the video below!
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