Day Trip Potty Training Prep

mom and toddler at petting zoo

by Dr. Heather Wittenberg

As your child gets more potty-savvy, you can start to use potty training techniques in public places. When you go out, make sure to go on a “potty seek and find” mission as soon as you get to your destination. 

Not only will you both learn where the bathroom is, you’ll also take care of any immediate potty needs before you start your shopping, errands or visiting. This potty reconnaissance will be especially reassuring to Owl and Turtle potty personalities.

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  • For shorter trips, have everyone use the potty before leaving home and upon arrival at your destination. In between, may the potty force be with you.
  • Scope out the restrooms if you’re in an unfamiliar place like a restaurant or park, so that you’re ready to whisk your kiddo instantly to the loo if she starts saying, “I need to go potty!”
  • The Time To Potty app can help remind you when it’s time to try. This helps busy parents remember to take potty stops even while on the go.

Some kids are amazed when they discover that locations like the grocery store or Grandma's house ALSO have toilets. They might have thought that the potties in your house were the only ones in the whole world!

Want more potty-training tips and ideas for Tackling Toddlerhood Together? We've got them here.

Dr. Heather Wittenberg is a licensed psychologist with a PsyD degree whose specialty is in the development of babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents. Dr. Heather uses social media to help the public understand the complex, but important, world of child development. She is a writer and producer at BabyShrink, and her company, BabyShrink LLC, also consults with universities and corporations to reach families with young children via social and traditional media. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and four young children.

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