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How To Master Potty Training On-The-Go includes the tips we used to help potty train. This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants. All opinions are my own.
As we travel more and more often, one of the questions we are asked the most is, “How did you potty train on-the-go?”
It’s a really good question because it does appear to be a difficult thing to do, but it doesn’t have to be. We used some of the same principles that we’ve used with other parts or our parenting life – we let each of our children lead the way as they were comfortable. We also worked to create a partnership with them….just as we did when they tried new foods or started school. “We are all in this together” and “we will help them each step of the way” was our mantra. We were also really careful to listen to signs from them as to when they were ready for potty training. It happened at different times with each of them, but they were all potty trained well before their second birthdays.
When we were traveling, there were three things that helped keep our kids on track.
- We consistently used Pull-Ups® Training Pants. It didn’t matter if they were on a plane or on a long car drive, we never went back to diapers. We switched to Pull-Ups on day one of potty training. This gave the girls a feeling of security as well as a new tool for their potty training journey. Since Pull-Ups slide on like underwear, the girls understood from the beginning that the goal was to keep them dry, and I knew they were there for any potential accidents. We stressed over and over again that accidents can and will happen and that it was okay.
- We planned ahead. We made potty breaks a regular habit no matter where we were. Right before boarding a plane we stopped in the restroom. Every hour or so on the plane, we did the same. Once the girls knew what to expect, they got in a habit of adding bathroom breaks to their lives. It is a big change from just using a diaper to building up a new normal, and thinking about using a bathroom regularly.
- We made a plan outside of travel time and stuck with it wherever we were. I wouldn’t recommend starting to potty train on a vacation. Instead, start when you have a more normal at home schedule for at least two weeks. After that it’s pretty easy to work potty training in on the go.
Pull-Ups have been our go-to tool for potty training success and I LOVE the new partnership they have to help us all potty train better and easier.
It thrills me to see that the new Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership program is based on true partnership between parent and child. Each of my girls have such distinct personalities too, and this program celebrates that. It helps parents create a plan for their child based on their individual personality and they even have a quiz that you take to identify your child’s personality traits to create the best plan for them. Pull-Ups.com has tips and advice from a child development expert too to help you along your journey. The partnership follows the same principles that we’ve used all these years – potty training is a fun milestone and a great time to build family partnerships. It’s nothing but positive and fun. Plus, the tips that they offer are pretty brilliant.
What is your biggest potty training challenge?