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Toilet training and long car trips
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#1 123Babies4Me

Posted 18 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

Hi everyone, I've written on this board a few times asking for help with TT my almost 3 yo DS.

We've been going really well (poo is still a bit of a challenge at times, and we've had some setbacks in the last few days with DS being sick, but I'm generally very happy). However we're about to leave on a 3 week trip to and around Tasmania from Sydney.

I'm not quite sure how to tackle this - DS won't sit on a potty unless he is really ready to go, so even if we stop and encourage him to go I'm not sure anything would happen. The longest we've travelled since I started TTing him is about 30 mins, so I'm not even sure he would tell me he needed to wee or poo if we were driving. And of course if he does tell me he needs to go I'm worried that there will be nowhere to stop on the highway before he has an accident.

We have used pullups at times, but I don't want to be too reliant on them - and eventually I want him to be able to travel in the car for long distances, so I need to start somewhere!!

Any tips? Has anyone else been in this position?

#2 Born Slippy

Posted 18 November 2012 - 05:50 PM

I have not been in this position myself, but I would be reluctant to use pull-ups too as it seems like your DS is going really well with TT. I found my DD didn't seem to see any difference between pull-ups and nappies.

A suggestion would be to invest in some of those terry towelling type training pants and pop them on over DS's normal undies. That way if you do get stuck and can't pull over in time to get on the potty/get to a toilet, the mess will be less troublesome to deal with and more contained within those. I did this a few times when DD was in her first few days of TT and we needed to go out for a few hours, particularly if there wasn't always quickly accessible toilets. She called them her "extra special undies". I don't know if there is some way to protect the car seat safely also.

I've found also that if DD hasn't been to the toilet for 2+ hours and we need to go out, I have to firmly ask her to go and try to do wees. She usually does, even if she does grumble and whinge a bit. I also go myself to set an example. I wonder if you could make it part of your routine, going to the toilet as the last thing before you get back in the car?

Good luck.

#3 bertbub

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:01 PM

during this phase, my DD sat on an old style flat towelling nappy (we had lots spare as she was a spewy baby! ) in her car seat. we actually just kept several of them in the car at all times. It saved the seat if she had an accident - much better than removing pee from the seat cover. It can be hard for them, as sometimes they dont get much warning and then cant hold on - always happens when you are in an impossible place to pull over.

#4 bertbub

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:01 PM

double post

Edited by bertbub, 18 November 2012 - 06:02 PM.

#5 flipped out

Posted 18 November 2012 - 06:02 PM

Perhaps a piddle pad or seat protector to protect the carseat along with some towelling training pants that have a waterproof layer?

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