Traveling with a Potty Training Child

Sometimes travel is a necessity while a child is in the process of being potty trained. Some parents wonder if they should put potty training on hold while they are away on vacation. To this a doctor will answer an emphatic no. Being away from home provides a wonderful opportunity to teach your child about learning to use toilets while traveling. It provides another aspect to the whole procedure that is imperative.

Potty training that takes place while a family is traveling, whether it be by car, train, plane, bus or a variety of modes of transportation carries with it new challenges for the potty training child. Before you set out on your vacation venture remember to pack a healthy dose of patient, encouragement and understanding for your child. Remember that potty training can be a daunting prospect for some children. While some children take it in stride others find it a long and involved process that they wish they didn’t have to go through. However tell your child that everyone must be toilet trained and once you have learned it, it is learned for life.

Parents should tell their children that sometimes during a vacation the child must “go before you go.” In other words sometimes you might have to go long stretches of time where you have no access to a toilet therefore even if you don’t need to go at the time it is advisable sometimes to go to the bathroom and try.

Incontinence in the day and bed wetting accidents at night can happen on trips so always make sure you pack plenty of extra clothes for your child to change into. Always put his comfort first. Make sure to pack either disposable wipes (which can be purchased at any pharmacy or grocery store) or a roll of toilet paper in the event that your travels take you where there is no bathroom (for example if the child must urinate on a child’s potty in the car) or in case you go somewhere where there is no toilet paper readily available.

Teach children what signs for public washrooms look like and encourage your child in using the ladies or the men’s room whenever possible. Accompany your child into the washroom up until they are at an age when you don’t have to worry. Some parents also worry about strangers in public washrooms and decide go into the washroom to use it at the same time as their children do. If your child is six or younger always go with him or her to the bathroom. Many children are both fascinated by bas well as frightened by new washrooms. Help ally their fears by answering their questions and being of assistance in every way you possibly can.

A child’s potty is an excellent idea when you travel in the car, especially if it arises when you are not in close proximity to a public washroom. A “potty emergency” can be prevented if you have a child potty handy in the trunk or backseat of your car. Try to give your car as much privacy as possible while using it as some children are very shy about pulling down their pants and urinating or defecating in front of family members.