Travel and potty training – a piece of…
As I mentioned in a recent post, we do quite a bit of travelling. Not exotic, around-the-world travelling, but driving up and down the M4 and M5 type travelling. You know the sort, the really fun, enjoyable travelling that is made even more fun with a toddler in tow. What makes this sort of travel even more fun is a car drive with a potty training toddler. YEAH.
When I realised we were mid potty training and had a five hour car journey ahead, I was fuming with myself. Why hadn’t I waited a few extra weeks to potty train?! Why had I done this to myself?! In reality, b was bloody amazing! He actually needed to stop for a wee less than I did!
Here are some things which made the journey go a little smoother:
Puppy training pads
My mum friend, let’s call her L, is a genius! She recommended using puppy training pads in the car seat, as a “just in case” back up. Puppy pads are super absorbent and lock away moisture, like a nappy really. Fortunately we haven’t had one car wee incident and still have the first puppy pad we popped in the seat. But if you are doing a long journey and don’t fancy having to wash your whole car seat, I def recommend popping one in. You can get them in all the main supermarkets and home stores for a few quid.
I know it sounds silly but hear me out. Little man has really got this weeing business sorted. The poos, less so. He tends to go a bit and then stop and sometimes he doesn’t tell me and is happy to sit in it :/ If I know he is due a blowout, I’ve been popping in a panty liner. They are much slimmer than kids liners (mainly as the kids ones are there to absorb wee and wee isn’t my issue here). B hated this at first but I said it was non-negotiable as he wasn’t telling me if he needed a poo. He is slowly starting to tell me more now which is good and he is ok with the liners. I explained to him that it makes it easier for mummy to whip the liner out without having to go through 10+ pants a day (really!). And he gets that and it hasn’t confused him.
Limit the drinks
I know it sounds like a no brainer but if you can, limit the drink intake slightly. It’s no surprise that if b downs a glass of squash, he needs to pee more. If I limit him to just water, which he is more likely to sip, he pees less.
Ask a few minutes before the services come up! I found if I asked b if he needed a wee at the 1 mile warning, he’d say no and then a minute after the services, he’d say that actually yes, he did need a wee. Great. If however I asked b a good 5-10 minutes before the services came up, it gave him time to decide or undecided if he needed to go. This worked LOADS better on the way home. We basically stopped ONCE for him on a 5 hour journey. Mummy here needed a second pit stop!
If I knew we were a bit out from a service stop, I found distraction worked really well for b. And distraction in the form of a snack worked even better. We passed a services and he then told me he needed a wee. We were probably 20 minutes from the next one but I found giving him something to eat helped keep him busy and keep his mind off his bladder.
Overall I was super impressed with his ability to hold his bladder and to tell us he needed to stop. I really underestimate my son sometimes.