According to the experts, the best potty training age starts at around 2 years old, but this age varies from child to child. Watching for the signs of readiness is one of the best ways to help potty train your child. If you observe your child during the day, you will notice a pattern of potty times, and that can really help keep it from being so stressful for both of you.
If you are already in the process of toilet training your child, you need to know that it is important to be consistent even when traveling. You might be surprised and happy to know that in many cases, it is actually easier to potty train your little one while traveling. That being said, we will concentrate on how you can continue potty training your little one while traveling.
It is always best to make sure everyone goes to the bathroom before embarking on any trip whether short or long. This is especially true for your little one when you are in the midst of potty training since consistency is the key in this process. We will work on the assumption that your child has already reached his or her potty training age and that you have had some success in the process. Irrespective of whether you are travelling by car, airplane or any other mode of transportation, you can still continue the toilet training process without a lot of stress.
If you are on vacation already, you may be in a more relaxed state of mind, so you are less likely to become impatient or frustrated if your little one regresses or has a mishap. Even children who have reached their potty training age have accidents, so be patient and focus on getting them back on track. The following tips can help you with your continuing toilet training while traveling.
* Portable Potty – Take along a portable child potty chair for emergencies. This option also helps in a hotel where an unfamiliar toilet can be scary to a child. You can avoid this fear by introducing your child to public restrooms. Typically when you are potty training your little one they want to go to the restroom at every stop/store anyway.
* Rewards – Healthy snacks, stickers and small toys help encourage your child to go to the restroom instead of in their pants.
* Training Pants – When you are on a trip, you might want to make use of training pants so if there is a mishap, there is less mess for you to clean.
* Encouraging Audio/Video – If you are using potty training video or audio disks for your child, take them along on a trip and play them for him/her off and on during travel.
These are just a few basic tips for continuing training while traveling with a child of potty training age. Keep in mind that some children regress during travel, but this is normal and you must be patient and focused on being consistent.
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