Potty? What potty? It’s even easier for your free-spirited child to get wrapped up in fun and forget about going to the potty when they’re away from home. While your laid-back child is pretty adaptable and won’t be bothered by new situations, they will need reminders to help get to the potty on time. Here’s how you can help.
- Find and examine the bathrooms when you arrive. “Let’s see where we’re going to have our potty parties while we’re here.”
- Use a timer, setting it to fewer minutes than you use at home in order to allow for more time to find a restroom when you’re traveling.
The world is so full of interesting things that your free-spirited child may need some help remembering to stop and have a potty party now and again.
For Longer Trips
- “We will be in the car/plane for a long time today. Will you feel more comfortable in your Pull-Ups or in the underwear you’ve been wearing?”
- “If you start to feel like you have to go, tell me right away because it may take us a little longer than usual to find a bathroom. As soon as you tell me, we can do our best to get to the potty in time. It’s OK if we don’t make it, though, because you have your Pull-Ups on. Sometimes, kids don’t make it to the potty on time during long trips, and that’s OK.”
- “What do you think an airplane potty looks like? Do you think it’s the same as at home? I bet you can’t wait to make the flusher go whoosh on an airplane. And wait until you see the tiny sink!”