how to escape the house when potty training??!!;)

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jellybean321 Sun 27-Mar-16 19:35:22

where to go next....so now my son will usually tell me when he needs a wee and as long as we move quickly he wees and poos on the potty. At the moment it is about every hour or so. but how can I get out and about now (we have been in for a week!!) I might be making more of an issue than needed but what if he needs it when we are driving along...or say in the shops and not immediately near a toilet...as he cant wait very long?! doing the school run etc...im bit worried about managing it..how long before they learn to hold on until a toilet is reached. At the moment aswell he cant just wee before we head out as he just says its not coming yet. Thanks

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 09:07:50

I have a pottete plus with liners for when we are out and about, folds out to sit on a toilet or the legs lock in place to use as a potty. Is my lifesaver as dd hates being indoors and is very much and outdoorsy toddler

Luciferbox Mon 28-Mar-16 09:11:22

Yep, we got one of those pop up potty with liners and took it out with us. Tried to stay fairly close to home or visit places I knew had toilets.

roofio87 Mon 28-Mar-16 09:17:50

Give it a try and see how it goes. I was worried about venturing out too but turns out that when out and about and busy my ds can hold it in a lot longer than at home. I think when they know the potty is right there they use it whenever they need to go a little bit but when it's not they learn to hold it longer. Just take plenty of spare clothes!

CottonSock Mon 28-Mar-16 09:22:28

We are on day three so thought I would hop on thread. Walked round the block yesterday, might try a bit further today depending on how it's going. We have a little travel potty with lid. Yesterday my daughter had upset tummy so it's been challenging, but she was more than ready so I didn't want to back track to nappies. I wouldn't worry too much about odd accident personally, I think I'll sit here on a in bag in car though.

Muskateersmummy Mon 28-Mar-16 09:26:50

We just took our potty with us. I would encourage her to use it before each car journey, and put a towel on her car seat. Take plenty of changes of clothes with you.

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 09:40:20

Cotton we are on day 4. We had a 400 mile round trip to do over the weekend but decided to crack on and hope for the best. Puppy training pads are excellent at protecting car seats!!

Dd is doing really well as long as we put her on the loo every half hour or so. The travel potty has been a life saver although she prefers the toilet.

superwormissuperstrong Mon 28-Mar-16 09:52:10

We also just take the potty with us - have been quite selective about where we are going though!
Oh and also says she doesn't need to go before we go out - but we found that if mummy and daddy 'tried' before going out, then she would be more amenable to 'trying' and I think this got her more used to the idea that she can feel which muscles are being used and can start to control them and we started to slowly get longer periods between using the potty as I think she was learning she could hold it a little bit.

CottonSock Mon 28-Mar-16 09:53:48

My girl doesn't seem to wee much or drink much so I hope she's not holding it in. Like 2 or 3 wees yesterday (plus diarrhoea!). This morning woke with dry night nappy and did wee on potty (yeah) at 7am but nothing since. Can only get her to drink such a small amount, this is 'normal' for her though.
Seems a bit odd that I need to wee more often than her. She's not keen to sit on potty just in case.
At least no poos yet today after a very dry diet yesterday.

Wheresthe _ very brave on your long journey. We delayed until after our holiday last week (but at least meant she was ready). I think I have some big pads in cupboard so will take a look.

Apologies for thread derail.
I guess I'm not worried about accidents out and about as pretty much have no shame and would produce potty wherever needed smile

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 09:56:15

We did debate postponing the potty training but sooner or later we would need to do the journey so figured we might as well take the plunge. Not attempting night time yet, she has only just started sleeping through so trying not to break that yet!

Vinorosso74 Mon 28-Mar-16 09:58:13

Those pottetes are great as you don't need to find anywhere to empty potty contents just tie bag and bin it. They can be used as a toilet seat too. Plus they fold up fairly small.

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 10:03:14

Vino I agree! It fits in my handbag and whilst the liners are a little pricey you can get them quite cheap if you bulk buy via eBay and Amazon.

Look on local Facebook selling sites etc as I got mine for about 2.50 on ours.

Fondantfancy66 Mon 28-Mar-16 10:13:21

Those who have the portable potty with liners, what do you do with the liners when they've been? I'm just starting potty training too with my DS, and although at first Id always try to be near a public loo, if he has to go just anywhere, how do you get rid? I'd feel funny putting a bag of poo in a public bin, but carrying it around would be a bit rank. It's what's putting me off getting one.

Artandco Mon 28-Mar-16 10:16:03

I just made sure the went before we left and on arrival.

So make sure they try before school run, ask if they need the toilet whilst at the school, then take again when home. It's only a few days

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 10:18:29

Poop I try and take to a loo and empty the bag before putting it in a sanitary bin but wee I just chemical in a bin.

Most places we go that don't have loos are dog walks so the dog bins will make a helpful stop

jellybean321 Mon 28-Mar-16 14:54:07

Thanks all. Well we ventured out todsy. Ge was encouraged to go before we left the house and surprisingly he held on for an hour and a half before needing to go. We were in tesco and there was a queue for the toilet!!!!! Couldnt believe he was able to wait ! smile there is hope;) we bought the oxo travel potty from amazon and use normal white binliners which has been good.

Artandco Mon 28-Mar-16 15:51:34

Jelly - what I suggest is going as soon as you arrive the first few weeks. So today as an example get him to go before leaving home, then as soon as you arrive at tesco take him to try again so you don't end up in the middle of something or at the desperate stage ( clean up on aisle 12!)

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 17:56:52

That's fab Jelly
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Dd had lots of accidents today but she was being particularly defiant as she is demanding to be back in nappies today. Once her mood changes she was brilliant

SueTrinder Mon 28-Mar-16 18:09:10

I just a) made them try and pee before we left the house b) put a nappy on them if we had to go out and c) always showed them where the toilet was when we got somewhere. If they used the nappy it was no big deal but they generally didn't. I don't think there's much learning for a child in wetting themselves in the street, I'd rather use a nappy when they don't have the choice about getting to a toilet.

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 18:17:35

But sue they aren't learning with a nappy either. They simply become confused.

flingingmelon Mon 28-Mar-16 18:42:37

We just went out for the first time in three days. The quick trip to the supermarket (there is a loo there) was fine. The short bike ride in the wood wasn't so good. DS didn't tell me he needed to go. I could have had his pants down in seconds shock

It seems like whenever we do anything even a little bit exciting, he forgets his bladder.

Oh well, there's ways tomorrow.

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 18:51:45

Melon I have taken the decision that I am going to change my wording from do you need a wee to shall we go for a wee. She seems to respond better

jellybean321 Mon 28-Mar-16 22:07:31

I have tried afew times today to just try as we pass a toilet like in tesco but he just said its not ready yet and refused to go and try ..no amount of persusian would encourage him...so we had to wsit till he said i need a wee now and move fast..how do i change that to get him to try to go at different points? Ive also got a doc appointment on friday i need i take him to...what happens if he needs to go when its our turn in the surgery!? I dont suppose tbe doc will want to wait whilst i hsve to take him to the loo? X

wheresthel1ght Mon 28-Mar-16 22:35:42

Jelly that is exactly the issue I am having. She has responded better to "mummy needs a wee can you try and have one while we are here" so maybe that is worth a try?

She has been clingy, whiny and in a vile mood most of the day so it has been VERY hard work today

SueTrinder Mon 28-Mar-16 23:05:55

But sue they aren't learning with a nappy either. They simply become confused.

That's not true. I've potty trained all 3 of mine going backwards and forwards between a nappy and pants during the training period and none of them got confused (they'd ask to use a toilet even when they had a nappy on) and all were potty trained during the day before they were 2.5.

I actually think it's quite a dangerous message to say you can only potty train by using a cold turkey method. I think it's quite disrespectful of small children to force them into situations that they can't control where they suddenly realise they need to wee and there is no toilet (e.g. walking around town or sitting in a carseat on the motorway). How does that teach them anything? They are going to be more confident if you let them explore their ability to control their bowel and bladder in a safe way doing a bit of bare bum time at home where it doesn't matter if they wee on the floor and building up slowly putting on clothes and extending the time they don't have a nappy on and then having short trips out without a nappy ONLY when you are confident they have sufficient bowel and bladder control to cope with it. Potty training should be baby led and not at the convenience of the parents.

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