A Mama’s Fear of Potty Training on the Road

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Are we really ready to tackle potty training?

I am very undecided on this whole potty training thing. Yes, I know it has to be done. In fact I look forward to the day Dek is out of diapers. It’s the transition period I am not so keen on. I mean up until now I could throw a diaper on Dek and we could hit the road. Sure I needed to stop to change him every now and then but there were no potty emergencies. Once he is toilet trained he can let us know when we need to pull the car over or head to the nearest restrooms at a park or attraction. But while we are in the middle of the process it will be so much more complicated.

Just imagine… the plane is about to take off and your kid starts to squirm. You know that he has to pee (or worse!) but that fasten seatbelt sign is still on. What do you do? Hope and pray he doesn’t wet his pants? Make him wear a pull-up every time you aren’t sure you can get to a bathroom in time? There are just so many things to think about. Haven’t they developed a brain chip to let us skip this part of the parenting process yet?

I didn’t realize I was dreading this hurdle in travel life until Dek decided he was ready to try out the potty 2 weeks ago. I figured he would be closer to 3 years old when he expressed an interest. We would tackle it this summer once the new baby had arrived and Dek could just run around naked outside. But oh no, not my boy. Why try a convenient time for mommy? (Is there such a thing?)

It didn’t come on gradually either. Dek just decided today is the day. I’d heard this happened with kids, but I was convinced it was slightly exaggerated. No, it’s not.

In the past weeks we have been conquering the potty at home, but I still throw a diaper on Dek when we leave the house. I know I have to suck it up and take the plunge at some point, but I don’t want to! And yes, I’m throwing a minor tantrum about this. I’ll get over it though…maybe.

So off we go on another adventure in parenthood. We will be headed out for a long weekend in Whistler on Friday. The tiny potty will be going with us. The bright side is that we won’t be dealing with an airplane bathroom yet. I can’t say that I’ll have the guts to keep a diaper off as Dek and wander around Whistler on foot though. I’m taking this one tiny step at a time.

How do you handle potty training while on vacation, out on a day’s adventure or just plain going to the grocery store? I can use all the help I can get!

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  • Corinne @ Have Baby Will Travel

    Doing it while traveling is easier than you think!

  • Nicole at Arrows Sent Forth

    I think you’re doing great! Ben was potty trained at home for a while, and I’d diaper him when we were out having fun. We did that for a few months, actually. Now he’s almost always in underwear except when he’s napping. For car trips when I anticipate he’ll likely fall asleep, I either diaper him or put him in a pull-up. For our flight in March I’ll probably put him in a pull-up also. (He gets a little skiddish in strange bathrooms so I know an airplane bathroom would totally send him over the edge, and that’s the last place I want to deal with an accident.) I think you’ll find it’s no big deal to still use a diaper once in a while. It’s never caused Ben to “backtrack” in terms of his potty progress. Good luck… it’s a never-ending adventure with these little guys, huh?

  • Taryn

    We’re in the midst of potty training too! Just spent 10 days in Thailand, and Charlotte did great. When we were out and about we put on a pull-up but she barely used it, she was so good at letting us know when she needed to go! The plunge is scary, and I dreaded it too, but it really wasn’t so bad. Hope you’re Whistler trip goes well!

  • priyankakher

    I can so relate to this. My daughter is four and she has autism so I have only recently begun her potty training. The last time we were on a plane (two months ago!) she was in a diaper. I am kind of dreading my next plane ride but am determined not to let this deter me 🙂

  • Cassie

    I’m right there with you! I HATE potty training and diapers are so much more convenient (although disgusting). I wish I had a personal potty-trainer. 🙂 I’m SO happy that you linked up with the Mommy-Brain Mixer, friend! I hope to see you again next week! 🙂

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