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Training on the Go

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If your child has started toilet training, travel may be tricky. Help keep things on an even keel by sticking to your normal, at-home routine as much as possible. You can reduce your child's wariness of using the toilet in unfamiliar places by bringing her potty seat along (if possible).
These pointers might also be helpful:

  • Limit liquids if you are going by car or plane, but don't overcompensate so much that she becomes dehydrated.
  • Plan on mandatory pit stops at least every two hours.
  • Insist on a potty stop before you leave and at all rest stops along the way.
  • If you're traveling by plane, take your child to toilet at the airport before you board.
  • You may want to return to using training pants; if so, be sure they're new and used just for the trip.
  • Be sure to bring wipes, a plastic bag, and a full change of clothes.
  • Watch out for constipation — it's often brought on by a change in diet, and it's a big barrier to staying dry.

FYI: Planning a trip to an amusement park or fair? Your child will be able to stand that level of stimulation only for a little while — probably about two hours — before he needs a break. Think about getting a hotel room or staying with friends so you can come and go. Trying to do everything in one day is a recipe for disaster.


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