Raise your hands if your kid is potty training or is giving you signs that they are ready? Although it’s a great feeling to know your kids are on the verge of being less dependent, it’s also the start to tons of accidents (yes! tons of dirty underwear stories to share with them when they get older amongst other embarrassing ones). Just when you thought poopie diapers were gross…Eek! And just when you’re little one is starting to get the potty training down, you take them to a public restroom only to regress and become terrified of those awesome automatic flushing toilets found in pretty much every public restroom.
It can be a bit frustrating but thankfully, we are not alone. All parents have been there at some point and all kids are unique.
Although our little one is almost at the finish line when it comes to potty training, we’re still working on going potty during the night and how we handle going to the restroom while traveling. The traveling one has been the toughest one for us.
Here’s a few tips that seem to have worked so far. Hope you find some – if not all useful for your little one.
As first time parents, traveling with a little one that is potty training never even crossed our minds. Ugh! Definitely tough. Hearing the words “Mommy, I have to go!” “Se me va ha salir! (Spanish for “it’s coming out!”) while being stuck in traffic on a highway are not really the words I’d prefer to hear.
Potty Training On The Road Tips:
- Have them go to the restroom before you leave the house.
- Put on Pull-Ups® training pants before they leave the house. A few months ago, we’d put these on before we left our house in case of an emergency. During the potty training journey, it’s easier when you have a toilet readily available but what happens when you don’t and they need to go right then and there? Training pants to the rescue!
- Use Pull-Ups® training pants in place of a portable potty. Since we’re now at the end of our potty training (so close to the finish line I can already see it!), we just pull over on the road, put on the Pull-Ups® training pants and she goes potty in them. Once she’s done, we remove the training pants, wipe her down, put on her big girl undies and we’re on our way again. We could take a portable potty BUT I would rather not deal with portable potty accidents in the car and the aftermath of having to clean them. Her training pants go in a ziplock bag and it’s done in less than 5 minutes! Mind you, this is only done when there are no nearby public restrooms.
As for night time, we try not to give her liquids an hour before she goes to bed and put on her Pull-Ups®. There are times when she tells us she has to go potty before she falls asleep. Having her wake up with a dry diaper is such a great feeling! The feeling that she’s that much closer to having zero accidents at night… Insert high five!
Pull-Ups® has really worked for us during our potty training journey. Their training pants have fun designs, and stretchy sides that let kids put them on and take them off — just like Big Kid® underwear.
Also, did you know Pull-Ups® has a site (Big Kid Academy) that offers a world-class library of potty training tips and advice from parenting experts, medical professionals and their brightest alumni: parents who have been there? Subjects include:
• How to talk to day care providers about potty training
• Solutions for nighttime
• Potty training on the go
• The best clothing for potty training
Every Kid is Unique. That’s why when you enroll at the Big Kid Academy, you’ll get a personalized “My Pull-Ups®” page with potty training activities and advice customized to your point in the potty training journey. That’s definitely a win-win in my book! Go check out their site and enroll for free HERE!
Thanks to Pull-Ups® for sponsoring today’s discussion. #PottyTraining #PullUps