Tackle it Tuesday – Travel While You Train

by Lolli

Tackle It Tuesday

Kat Tomasewski, mother of three, author of the blog Mom on the go in Holy Toledo and the book Minimize the Chaos in order to Maximize the Joys of Motherhood is our guest tackler today with some very helpful tips of tackling potty training when you have to leave the house.

Potty training on the go

Why is it that a child almost always has to go potty ten minutes into any excursion? When potty training in our household we do the three days of mommy misery (for girls) or five days of mommy misery (for boys). Mommy misery entails no pull-ups, just panties or underwear. This includes any, and all, outings and nights as well. Yes, this does mean a lot of messes for mommy to clean up but after those 3 or 5 days it is smooth sailing. This means mommy needs to be prepared for travel.

First you need to purchase a little travel potty with the plastic liners that can be easily used anywhere. I have had children use the travel potty in the car, side of the car, in public restrooms….It is amazing.

They are also great because once the child is capable of using the big potty the travel potty can be used as a small seat (once they can use the public toilets be sure to bring a sticker or old Halloween mask with the elastic band that goes around your head to cover the automatic flush toilets. The noise reverberates in the public restrooms and it can be scary for a child, and could result in potty training reversion). Once you purchased a travel potty you will need a small plastic/rubber tub (one that can fit in your trunk or somewhere in your vehicle) in order to have the most efficient experience the tub should include:

  • 3 pairs of underwear/panties
  • 2 changes of clothes (2 additional pairs of pants)
  • Wipes
  • 2 Hand towels
  • Sanitizer
  • Water bottle
  • Plastic travel potty liners
  • Book
  • Stickers
  • Small packet of child’s favorite snack


 

This magical potty training tub should be restocked when items are used and it is sure to ease any mom’s anxiety when facilitating potty training on the run. If you are past the potty training give yourself a pat on the back and go through the nearest drive thru and get yourself a treat (even if it’s been ten years- what an accomplishment for you and your child too!).

 

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom managing editor, Lolli. You can find me blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.



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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 Susie's Homemade November 1, 2011 at 7:44 am

I was never brave enough to travel while training:-)

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2 Debbye November 1, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Thank you for the great tips! I am sure I will need all the helpful tips I can get with my head strong boy headed to potty age!

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3 Dinah Vogel November 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

Great story Lolli! Something you may be interested in is Tidy Tots Disposable Potty Chair Liners. You discus in your story using a “plastic potty chair liners”, but what makes Tidy Tots unique is that they are a universal fit – fitting almost any type of potty chair. And it’s true, “they can be used anywhere”, at home or on the go.

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