Potty training this time around has been difficult, to say the least. Oliver, who will be 4 next month and is supposed to be heading off to junior kindergarten in September has been nothing short of exasperating to train until about a month ago. Now having trained 3 previous children, you would think that I knew what I was doing, but alas, Oliver made sure to change it up on me and he finally made me realize that he just wasn’t ready and I know that pushing him would never work so I let it be.
About a month ago, we switched to Pull-Ups®Training Pants instead of diapers as I felt that maybe if he realized he could pull them on and off on his own, we would have a much better chance of having him try going to the potty. I noticed quite quickly that he was starting to realize when he was going pee and I think it was because of the “cool” feature that Pull-Ups® Cool & Learn have. They gave him a bit of a heads up that he was peeing as the front releases a cooling sensation when he pees. That was all he needed to get motivated to go potty. He has been amazing since and has only had one accident. I then started to worry because he was doing so great, how would going on a road trip for a weekend vacation affect all the progress we had made?
Thankfully, Pull-Ups® had us covered for our epic road trip. We rented a cottage about 3 hours away and I was hopeful that all the progress we had made wouldn’t be undone because he couldn’t wear underwear in the car for the long ride. I was also worried that putting him in a diaper for the trip would also be detrimental. This is where the Pull-Ups® came into play. He still felt like a big boy because he wasn’t wearing a diaper which made staying on track much easier. Here is an Out & About Checklist of things to bring so that you have all the essentials you need to help keep your little one on track:
- Extra Pull-Ups® training pants and underpants
- A spare pair of pants and socks
- A travel pack of flushable wipes
- Resealable zip-top plastic bag, that can be used for wet clothing
- Any must-have potty props such as special books or stickers
Best Practices for Long Trips (think flights, long train rides or trips longer than just a day trip)
- Dress your travellin’ toddler in easily removable clothing
- Schedule frequent breaks for potty visits and checks on the Pull-Ups®
- If your child has been in underpants, it’s okay to resume using Pull-Ups® for a trip
- Pull-Ups, as a backup, will lower stress on long airplane rides
- In airplane bathrooms, have your child use the toilet, wash their hands and then stand outside the door while you flush. The roar from the airplane toilet might be scary
- Consider investing in a little toddler travel potty to keep in the trunk of the car and a car seat cover to protect your car seats from accidents
Best Practices for Day trips
- For shorter trips, have everyone use the potty before leaving and upon arrival at your destination
- scope out restrooms if you are in an unfamiliar like a restaurant or a park so that you’re ready to whisk your kiddo instantly to the bathroom should they start saying “I need to go potty”
- The Time to Potty app can help remind you when it’s time to try. This helps parents remember to take potty stops even while on the go
Thanks to these great tips, we survived our road trip (minus the bug bites) and Oliver was able to keep on track with his potty training thanks to Pull-Ups®. I wouldn’t travel anywhere without them now.
For more potty training advice and information, including tips for potty training on-the-go, visit Pull-Ups.com
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