Let Your Tot Pee in the Ocean?

Cynthia Dermody
Toddlers & Preschoolers

Summer Survival Guide

travel potties

Fisher-Price On-the-Go; $25

Great news! Your toddler is potty trained!

Bad news! Your trip to the beach this summer will be loads of extra work!

Your tot is so proud and excited she finally "made it." Now she needs to and wants to go all the time. And you can't suddenly ask her to start "holding it" after all that talk about listening to her "urges."

These are some of the scenarios you have to look forward to:

1. Trudging to the public potty with your toddler every half hour or so. The toilets are so far away that by the time you get back to the blanket it's almost time to turn around again.

2. Dragging along all of your other children, who are moaning that they don't have to go ... You explaining for the 10th time, "What, are you crazy, leave you guys alone near rip currents?"

3. Pleading with your newly toilet trained toddler to just go pee in the ocean, leading to a scene and a tantrum (it's just not as easy as it sounds).

4. Giving up and pulling out a diaper (NOT recommended).

5. Bringing along a travel potty.

Failing miserably at number 3, I finally succumbed and went with option 5 for both of my kids. All the travel potties were bulky and heavy when mine were training, but there are newer, lighter and more portable versions out there to consider.

I found four few pretty good ones, one up top and three below:

Caboose travel potty

Caboose Travel Potty, $19

This one uses a diaper to catch all the mess, plus it has a compact storage case.







Inflate-A-Potty, $15

Lightweight to carry, fits in a pocket sized pouch, and uses 8 gallon kitchen garbage bags to collect waste. Drawback is you have to blow it up like a beach ball.




Travel Potty One Step Ahead


Travel Potty by One Step Ahead, $25

Also easy to fold up and carry, uses one-gallon zipper bags so there's nothing to clean up. A tad pricey, but a good option.



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