Family travel can be difficult when one of the kids in the family is potty training. This adds another element to the journey, and it is one that should be taken into account when planning your trip. There are some ways to make traveling with a potty training child easier, and I’ve listed six of them below!
How to Travel with a Potty Training Child
1. Don’t be afraid to use diapers.
Some parents swear off diapers and training pants while potty training due to the fear of confusing their toddlers. However, traveling can seriously throw off a young child — moreso than switching underpants will. Wearing disposable underwear while on the road will not destroy all you’ve done with potty training.
2. Stop frequently for restroom breaks.
A kid’s bladder is smaller than an adult’s, so more stops will need to be made. This is especially true if they will be traveling in underwear. If possible, map out your journey and find several places where you could stop for a potty break such as restaurants, gas stations, and rest stops.
3. Limit your toddler’s drinking when in the car.
It’s important not to allow your potty training child to fill up on beverages while in the car. This will result in more stops, and possibly more accidents. Keep the sippy cups in the front with you and monitor how much your child is drinking while traveling.
4. Pack extra outfits for the journey.
Even with the best precautions taken, it’s likely your potty training toddler will have an accident or two while traveling. Be sure you are prepared with extra outfits. Speaking of clothing, loose fitting, easy to pull down pants are best when away from home. They may help prevent
5. Bring along the potty chair.
If your little one is still afraid of the toilet, don’t hesitate to pack the potty chair. This will allow them the comforts of home while away – making it easier for the potty training to continue. A step stool from home is also an option for the toilets in the hotel room.
6. Try not to plan long getaways while training.
The less time your child is away from home, the less likely their potty training routine will be disrupted. If you can, try to delay beginning the training until after big trips. On the flip side, plan to begin it well before you’ll be leaving for vacation. If you need to get out while your child is in the middle of training, a weekend away will be better than a week-long excursion.
How do/did you survive traveling with a potty training child? Share your tips below!
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