Do you feel like potty training your toddler means a seriously limited lifestyle?
Now that you’ve started potty training your toddler, regardless of how it’s going, you’ve probably had that moment when you realize it’s now really hard to get out of the house. I know I have, plenty of times.
Us moms would like to take our kids with us to get groceries, play at the park, meet up with friends, go to church…but we’d rather keep the training momentum going and, of course, we’re afraid of our preschoolers having accidents in public.
So do you stay within a zero-mile radius of your home until you completely trust your kiddo? Of course not! I mean, life goes on and so does your schedule!
We recently went through the second round of potty training in my mommy career, and it was surprisingly pleasant–especially compared to, ermm, past experiences. Still, it took me a hot minute or two to remember just exactly how it all works. And one thing that takes some prep and thought is how to get out of the house during potty training.
This might seem a bit overly thought-out, but trust me, in the moment we moms want a bit of an action plan. It’s not as easy as it sounds to run errands with a potty-training toddler. Here’s how I did it this time around, and it worked WONDERS for us!
12 Simple Hacks to Taking Your Potty Training Toddler Out of the House
What to Pack
Your diaper bag is going to enjoy some final glory days before retiring. Here’s what to make sure you have on hand when potty training on the go.
- Pull ups
- Change of clothes including underwear, socks, etc.
- Rewards (stickers, M&Ms, whatever you’re using) for successful potty times
- A book for reading while sitting on the potty
- Products like these Amazon potty training favorites
What Your Toddler Should Wear
This is one of the hardest decisions! We don’t want our kids developing any diaper habits. We also would prefer not to see a river of pee running down the cart in Target. Here’s what I did before I felt confident going out with a potty-trainer.
I kept Sylvie in underwear, but I put a diaper on the outside of her underwear before dressing her. This way, she’ll feel wet and uncomfortable and be able to stop herself from emptying her bladder when she starts to go. The diaper keeps any accidents from becoming a disaster.
It’s not a perfect solution, but there is no perfect solution. (Isn’t that comforting?)
Get that kiddo to go potty before leaving the house. Make this a rule for everyone in the house so that it becomes routine.
Also, remember to ask questions. If you’re going to visit a friend or to someone’s home, give her a heads up and figure out what extras you need to bring before heading out. (Does your kiddo need a padded seat to go over a big toilet seat?) Some family or friends might have a training potty that they can pull out, so just ask!
On the Road
For trips that are 20 minutes or longer, I also put a diaper on the outside of my daughter’s underwear to protect the car seat.
Longer road trips are still possible with a toddler in training mode. Be prepared to stop at gas stations or rest areas every half hour. I know.
First thing, no matter where you’re at, find the bathrooms at your destination. Show your kiddo where they are, and ask if she needs to go right now.
Then, carry on with your grand adventure.
I know that in the first few days of training, it’s wise to stay in the home while your preschooler works on her new skills. But you don’t have to be chained to your home and your bathroom! I hope you enjoy getting out and about with your toddler.
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Did I miss anything? Moms, let me know in the comments how you take that potty-training kiddo out of the house!