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How to handle potty training when out and about

There comes the day when you decide now is the time to potty train your little one.

That’s fine when you’re at home but what about when you go out? When little one needs a potty, they need it now! This instant! You cannot say hang on for five minutes.

You could carry an ordinary potty around in a carrier bag but what do you do with the contents when it’s been used? 

There are simpler alternatives such as folding potties.

Some can fold smaller and flatter than others, which may be a consideration.

For most you will need to buy bags which clip into place to hold whatever is delivered. Usually they have absorbent pads so you’re not trying to dispose of a plastic bag full of liquid! Make sure you can easily buy replacements when needed. 

Then there are potties which are fully disposable. Packing up small enough to go into a bag, once used, the whole thing is thrown away with the contents fully contained. It could be a good idea to keep one or two in the car or your changing bag.

Some potties are very much like normal potties but have a leak-proof lid. You can then dispose of the contents when convenient. These tend to be fairly large, so probably won’t fit into your bag or under the pushchair, but some come with a carrying handle. You may find one of these works fine as the normal potty at home. Toddlers prefer to use something familiar so this could work to your advantage. 

It won’t be long before your little one can perform on demand and is able to wait until a suitable toilet can be found. However the fear of falling in is real and at home a toilet trainer seat is useful. Some are compact enough to be taken out, some fold down and some can be used as a potty.

Finally, don’t forget to arm yourselves with spare clothes and babywipes and so that even when it goes wrong, it will be ok!