Consider Your Toddler’s Potty Personality
If you’ve taken the short quiz to find your child’s potty personality, use the results to think about how your child will likely react to the stress of being away from home during potty training. Try these potty training travel tips for making your toddler feel comfortable:
- Eager-to-please personalities will do best with an explanation of how the trip will go. Involve them in the process of prepping for airplane or roadside bathroom stops.
- Cautious personalities will appreciate knowing ALL the details of the potties along the way and want to help pack and plan.
- Shy personalities will be cautious about all the newness and notice all the differences in the environment. Talk about what you expect to see along the way, like how the potties might look at a hotel, and ask how they’d like to handle it.
- Free-spirited and high-energy children will be so fascinated by the newness of the trip that potty training will be last on their list of interests.
Potty training is a huge milestone for every child and being away from home can put a temporary road-block in their process. Try these ideas for making them more comfortable:
- Practice with a portable seat. If you have a built-in child seat for your toilet or use a portable training potty at home, think about what you’ll use when you’re away from home. Purchase a portable child-size seat, and have your toddler use it at home so they become comfortable with it.You might also want to buy a travel potty for the car.
- Consider Pull-Ups® training pants. If your potty trainee has been using underpants and you want to instead use Pull-Ups® training pants while traveling, it’s fine to do that. They can really come in handy during lengthy car rides, plane trips or any other situation that calls for a little more security and convenience than undies can provide.
- Take accidents in stride. Even for kids who are well on their way to being toilet trained, accidents can happen when you’re on to go. Don’t make a big deal out of them. And be sure you have a change of clothes ready just in case.
Keep Potty Needs Top of Mind
While you’re probably used to planning ahead while traveling — especially if you’re on a long road trip — your toddler probably has less awareness of when they’ll need to use the bathroom. Keep the conversation going and use these tips to help them be ready
- Make finding toilets into a game. When you arrive at a new location, look for the toilet right away and show your child where it is so you’re ready to whisk your kiddo instantly to the loo if they start saying, “I need to go potty!” Download the Find the Potty game to make finding them together fun. Also, show your child how a public toilet flushes. It can be a bigger, louder flush than they’re used to at home, and that might be a little scary if they aren’t prepared.
- Be aware of their needs. Keep track of potty training steps with these sequence cards.
- Pack wisely. Check out this quick list of what to pack when you’re potty training on the go.
Best Practices for Day Trips
Heading out just for a day trip? Try these tips
- Go before you go. Have everyone use the potty before leaving home and upon arrival at your destination. In between, may the potty force be with you.
- Set a reminder. The Time to Potty app can help remind you when it’s time to try.
Best Practices for Long Trips
Packing up for a road trip or flight? Keep these travel tips in mind:
- Give that outfit a second look. Be sure to dress your travelin’ toddler in easily removable clothing.
- Schedule frequent breaks. Plan time for potty visits and to check on the Pull-Ups® training pants.
- Check out airplane bathrooms ahead of time. Have your child use the toilet, wash their hands, and then stand outside the door while you press “flush.” The roar from the airplane toilet might be scary.
Keep Up the Encouragement
Being on the road or in flight can be stressful any time you’ve got little ones. But with a kid on the potty training journey, it’s even more so. If you’re doing it, give yourself a pat on the back. And a high five. And a hug. Seriously. You deserve it.
Then, share that positive energy with your toddler. They could use a little encouragement too, and that includes celebrating the little successes (and being chill about the challenges!). Consistency and positivity while you’re away from home can go a long way toward helping you both experience happy travels:
- Bring along potty favorites. If your child has a favorite potty book or toy, toss it in your bag.
- Keep tracking successes. Have a sticker chart at home? Bring along a little notebook so you can write down how many stickers to add when you return home. Or, make a traveling sticker book so you can add them on the go.
Happy trails to you — and your potty training pal!