Many parents suddenly find themselves on the road at exactly the same time their toddler needs potty training. I know that it can be difficult because, if you’re going to be on the road for a long time, you’re going to have to take your child to the toilet at some point. Now, I know that many peoples first instinct would be to panic and say ‘But we can’t potty train her whilst we’re traveling!’ Well, this is not the case. Just read through my helpful hints below and, Voila! Potty training while traveling becomes a breeze.
Stickers Make the World Go Around
Bring your stickers and potty training chart ! Just because you’re not at home, doesn’t mean you don’t have to continue as normal. Make sure that you have any rewards that you would give your child at home for using the potty correctly. If you’re going to be on the road for a long time, make sure that you bring plenty of rewards because, toddlers respond better to rewards than they do to verbal praises.
Public Restrooms Can Be a Problem
Prepare yourself for the public restrooms. To most adults, public restrooms are completely unintimidating. However, for a tiny toddler, they can be terrifying. All the big people standing in a queue, waiting to use the toilet can be intimidating, not to mention the automatic flush system. So, make sure that you reassure your child by talking to them and giving them rewards when they use the toilet correctly. You can also make your child sit sideways on the toilet seat so that they don’t set off the automatic flush, which can be scary to a small child. The most important thing to remember is that, your child is a lot smaller than everyone else in the restroom so, everyone and everything’s going to be scary. Just be patient.
Accidents Do Happen
Make sure that you’re prepared for accidents. You can put seat covers over your seats so that you protect the upholstery from any ‘leakages’ which may occur. Accidents do happen, even at home so, if your child does make a mess on the seat, don’t scream and shout at them; they’re likely to be scared afterwards because they know that what they’ve done is wrong. Make sure that, if they’re crying, you soothe them so that they don’t become afraid of going in the car next time. If your toddler has a negative experience and you reinforce this negative experience by shouting at them, they’re going to become terrified of ever going anywhere that that experience could be repeated again.
So, now you know how to potty-train your child while traveling. Remember that, just because you’re on the road, doesn’t mean you have to do anything differently. If you suddenly change it because you’re on the road, your child may get confused and think that they’re doing what they’re supposed to do when in fact, what you asked them to do was just a one-off. If you’re going to be potty training while traveling, be sure to pack your potty, stickers and patience; you’re going to need it!