This week is all about persevering, you've done the first part where you've mostly been at home and accidents were easier to manage but now it's time to think about going out so I thought I'd share some tips on being prepared while out and potty training.
- Make your first trip out a short one, just a little walk to a park near you or to a family members house, somewhere that's not going to be really stressful if they have an accident.
- Take a few pairs of pants and a couple of pairs of trousers/leggings and socks so that you're prepared if they wet their other clothes. Even now Riley is coming up to 4 years old I still take some spare pants in the change bag with us when we go out, it's always better to be prepared.
- Take the potty in a carrier bag if they don't like to sit on a toilet and that way they're more likely to feel happy if they're on their potty and not forced to use the scary unfamiliar toilet.
- Make sure you know where the toilets are where ever you go because at this point children can't hold it for very long and when they need to go you need to get them there quickly, there's no time for asking where toilets are.
- Expect accidents, if you take them out and they're busy playing they're going to get distracted and probably have an accident but it's ok, you have a change of clothes just breathe, get them changed and try to keep reminding them to go as often as possible.
It can be so tempting to just pop a nappy on if you've got to go somewhere and you don't want the hassle of them wetting themselves or worse but putting on a nappy is not going to help them become fully dry so please try not to do that and as long as you're well prepared you'll be fine, trust me I've been there.
Hope this post helps a little, for lots more fab potty training tips and advice pop over to Potty Training Live.