A Mama’s Fear of Potty Training on the Road
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!