Potty Training On The Move

You’ve been working so hard to get your toddler potty trained. Here’s how to keep holiday travel from derailing all your hard work

The holidays are probably not the best time to start potty training your toddler. But if you’ve already started potty training, should you take a break during the chaotic holiday season or should you power through?

Your best bet, for consistency sake, is to power through the holiday season and keep up with the potty training. If you go back to diapers it will be very confusing for your little one and it means you will have to start your training from the beginning once the holidays are over.

You also shouldn’t attempt to speed up the training process as this could lead your child to regress and rebel against the whole potty training agenda.

The key to potty training during travel, the holidays and other busy times in your life is flexibility.

Got a long car ride or plane ride ahead of you? Let your little one wear a diaper. But once you arrive at your destination, make sure you get them into their big-kid underwear as soon as possible. Be practical about where you are going to be. Are there a lot of easily accessible bathrooms available? Underwear it is.

If you are going to be staying in one place for a while, think about bringing along a potty that can be left in the bathroom of your hotel or Grandma’s house.

If you are planning to do a lot more visiting and you are worried about your tot using either public bathrooms or a normal toilet in general, opt for a travel potty. We love the potty seats that fit on top of a toilet, turning it into a potty perfect for your little one.

Our favoruite is the Folding Potty Seat available in a Cars motif as well as a Disney Princess version (Toys’R’Us, $12.99).

We also love the Baby Works Potette (Well.ca, $19.99) which is a 2-in-1 portable potty and trainer seat. So it can be a stand-alone potty when needed as well as a seat cover, situation dependant.  

It is also important to schedule bathroom breaks. Toddlers are easily distracted on normal days; it is likely that your toddler is very excited during the holidays, whether they are visiting aunts and uncle or are on vacation.

Minimize accidents by planning out your bathroom breaks and reminding your little one when it is time to go.

Finally, be prepared for accidents. Make sure you pack extra clean clothes, underwear and wipes so you are ready. And remember to be positive yet constructive about accidents: “Oops, it looks like you had an accident. But pee goes in the potty, so next time let’s go to the potty instead.”

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