Summer is here, the kids are out of school and it’s the perfect time for a little traveling. Whether it’s a quick weekend getaway or a trip to the other side of the country, it’s a chance to take advantage of the sunshine and great weather all over the country and maybe even visit some family you haven’t seen in a while.
But traveling with a potty training child can be a little tricky. Regardless of if you’re taking a plane or driving to your destination, you still have to work out one very important detail – potty breaks. But it doesn’t have to add extra unneeded stress to your vacation planning! Here are a few tips to make potty training while traveling a little easier.
Potty Training Travel Tips
Pack rewards and incentives.
A big part of potty training is motivation. Often, my toddler doesn’t want to stop what she’s doing to go to the bathroom – especially when we’re headed somewhere new and exciting. Her favorite treats can go a long way in helping encourage her to use the potty on to go. If you use a sticker chart to track successful potty breaks, bring that too! The Pull-Ups brand has a really great printable potty training sticker chart and you can let them pick a small sticker to put on the chart everytime they’re successful on the potty. There’s no reason the incentives should go away just because you’re not at home. To find out which rewards and incentives will work the best for your child, check out the Pull-Ups Potty Partnership®.
The Pull-Ups Potty Partnership is a whole new way to potty train based on your child’s unique personality and how they learn, and brings your child into the potty training journey as a true partner. All you have to do is take a quick potty personality quiz helps parents determine your child’s potty personality, and personalizes the potty training journey from the very beginning.
I love this method because it taught me the importance of working as a team with your child to potty train. He really learned so quickly when I used the tips and advice provided by Pull-Ups since everything is tailored to how he learns. He’s a squirrel so he loves when I plan games and activities around potty training.
Be prepared for accidents.
No one is perfect and accidents happen! Bring extra clothes, wipes, and a couple of towels just in case. And don’t forget the Pull-Ups® Training Pants! Pull-Ups are designed specifically to help teach potty training skills. They look and fit more like underwear, giving your child the independence to slide his pants on and off, while also providing consistency for any learning style throughout his potty training journey.
When I know we’re in for a long stretch, I put Pull-Ups on my child so that we have that peace of mind knowing that if we don’t make it to a toilet, it’s no big deal. And remember, as you teach and reinforce potty skills with your child, you’ll be successful both in training — and in strengthening your parent-child partnership.
Are you wondering why you should choose Pull-Ups instead of switching between diapers and pants? Child development expert, Dr. Heather Wittenberg, tells us why potty training in both pants and diapers can be confusing:
Make a public bathroom more comfortable.
Unfamiliar restrooms can make it difficult to get a child to be okay with using the toilet. Loud fans, even louder hand dryers, toilets that flush by themselves, it’s pretty scary if you think about it. There are a few things you can do to make it more comfortable. Before setting them on the toilet, cover up that automatic flush sensor. And don’t uncover it until they’re out of the stall. I also like to bring our potty seat from home because it’s makes her feel safe sitting on it. And if you prepare them ahead of time that it might be a little noisy in there, it helps prevent any surprise meltdowns.
But what if your child has stage fright? See how Dr. Heather Wittenberg offers some potty training tips to help your child want to go to the bathroom like a big kid:
Bring your own toilet along on road trips.
If you’re driving long-distance, rest stops may be few and far between. And if you are able to find one quickly, it may not be very usable if you know what I mean. A travel potty is great because you can just pull right over and let your child do their thing. The “business” goes into a disposable bag, so you can just toss it into the garbage can and be on your way.
But most of all, have fun! Don’t miss out on exciting adventures because of bathroom worries. There’s no reason to stress, because with these potty training travel tips, you’re ready for anything.