training during vacations
It is bound to
happen. You are progressing perfectly in potty training your
toddler, when your long-planned and long-awaited family vacation
comes along. Should you put potty training on hold while you
are away? Or should you continue on like nothing has happened?
The answer is simple
- continue on your potty training plan as scheduled, except
take it on the road instead. You may have to make some slight
adjustments to your holiday game plan, but there is no reason
why potty training and holidays cannot co-exist happily, as
long as your child is willing.
Regardless of where
you are, you will want to stick to the same potty training
routine you have developed at home. Does she go potty as soon
as she gets up from sleeping or napping? Does she sit on the
potty for 10 minutes after a meal? Be sure to follow through
with these steps too.
If your child uses
a portable potty, consider bringing it along for use in the
hotel. They will be much more comfortable on their own potty.
If it isn't possible, get your child used to a regular toilet,
and bring along a potty seat. Once accidental fall into the
toilet on a too-big seat could cause your child to be afraid
of the toilet. You can even purchase a folding travel potty
seat that you can put into a ziploc bag and can easily slip
into the diaper bag or a large purse.
It may take your
child longer to "go" than usual. This is because
some children just aren't as comfortable going to the bathroom
in strange places, or may not want to use the potty at all.
Just continue to have your child sit on the potty and be encouraging.
Even if potty training
on the go doesn't go nearly as perfectly as you planned, chances
are your toddler will step right back into the usual routine
once back at home and in his or her comfortable surroundings.