Tackling My Travel Potty Training Fears

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If you read Mama’s Fear of Potty Training on the Road a few weeks ago, you will know that this phase of parenthood has me scared silly. We are well into potty training at this point. Dek has almost mastered running to his tiny toilet at home. We still have a few accidents, but at least he is trying and knows where to go.

I have realized something very interesting however. I actually have to be a part of this process. Yes, yes, I knew I’d have to help him climb on the toilet, pull down pants, etc. but it’s so much more than that, especially when we are out and about.

It is up to me to make sure I get Dek to a bathroom when we are traveling or just wandering around town. I can’t just ask him if he needs to use the toilet. He is perfectly happy running around in a wet diaper or pull-up. Why stop playing when you can go where you are? I need to be proactive about bringing him to the restroom when we are out of the house. I also need to clue into his queues (right now little squeaks) that he has to go and go now. I have to pull  the car over or get to a rest stop when we are on the road more often than we already do. I can’t assume a 2 year old will be able to vocalize what he needs all the time. After all, I have to remind him to eat sometimes, I guess I’ll just add going to the restroom to the list.

That being said, I decided to start a page dedicated to Potty Training on the Road. I hope this helps other parents currently experiencing the “joys” of potty training. Even more than that, I hope it keeps me on task as I try to get Dek potty trained once and for all, preferably before his little brother shows up.

Check back often for little tips and tricks I pick up along the way. I’ll also add links to other blogging friends who have mastered this parenting obstacle in one way or another. If you have some tricks up your sleeve, please send them my way. In the meantime, check out the tips I’ve picked up so far.

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  • familypilgrimblog

    Hello Keryn! I just found your blog and I have to say your info on traveling with kids is awesome! We are currently planning a major international trip with our 5 kids and I am sure I will be checking back often for tips! As far as potty training on the go, I feel your pain! We are (luckily) past that stage in our lives, but spent many, many years there : ) Good luck!

    • Reply

      Can’t wait to hear more abou your trip! Sounds amazing. I can’t even imagine potty training 5 kids! Although after the first few I guess you would have a few tricks up your sleeves 🙂

  • toblerhaus

    I know those fears! We went to China in the middle of my 2 year old daughter’s potty training. We wound up keeping her “naked butt” when we were at the hotel, as she was really good about using the potty when her butt was naked. When out and about, I used a disposable pull up, as she was freaked out by the pit style toilets. She had plenty of accidents in the pull up, but I’m convinced that continuing the naked butt time when at the hotel helped keep it fresh in her mind and keep us on track.

    I also always carried a portable Potette and a supply of small plastic bags in my backpack for emergency use when the kids were potty learners. I was so thankful for that thing!

    • Reply

      We do the “naked butt” at home and in hotel rooms/rentals too. Loads of success there, it’s when the pull up goes on that he forgets. But at least that home time helps him remember.

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