During the summer months many families like to go on a vacation. However, for some parents the thought of going on vacation while potty training seems scary. Actually scary enough for them to put it off until potty training is complete. Here are several tips that will help you to cope with traveling and potty training at the same time.
Do a Test Run– Practice having your toddler in the car while potty training and take him/her for a short drive and then lengthen the drive over time. Have someone else accompany you for the ride. They will be able to assist you when you need to stop for a washroom break.
Offer Rewards– Offer rewards for a job well done. By some dollar store toys or stickers and give them to your toddler when they have steadily used the big potty. They will like the idea of gifts and want to strive towards going on the potty all of the time.
Be Prepared for Accidents– Do not lose your cool if your child happens to have an accident. Take along one or two pull ups if you plan on being in the car for a long time. Make sure you explain to your child the need to wear the training pants so they will not be discouraged.
Take Along a Potty Chair– Take along a foldable potty chair. This way they can feel comfortable with something that they are familiar with. It will aid in removing their fears.
Sit Sideways- Show them how to sit sideways on the toilet. Many small children feel that they will fall into the toilet. If you have purchased a toilet seat cover made of plastic, make sure that you also take this on your travels.
Have you ever traveled with a toddler while potty training? Did it wreck your holiday?