When it comes to potty training, the minute your toddler decides they are ready to ditch the diapers, it’s all hands on deck. Experts agree that even though your kiddo may be officially out of diapers in a matter of days, the actual potty training process takes several months of commitment. And no mama wants to take a step back for any reason- school, activities, holidays and least of all travel.
This holiday season it’s estimated that three quarters of all Americans will travel, and you can bet that includes young children, many of whom are in the throes of potty training. There’s absolutely no reason to postpone the start of your child’s potty training, or put it on hold just because of a trip to grandma’s! Rather than revert back to diapers for those long car and plane trips, we’ve partnered with Pull-Ups and Dr. Heather Wittenberg to give you tools for a successful holiday season of travel (and potty training success). Here are her top 5 tips that we can’t wait to share with you:
1. Make a list – and check it twice.
Get your toddler excited for your upcoming trip by packing a bag together, including their favorite potty training items. I’d suggest Pull-Ups Training Pants, a spare pair of pants and socks, a travel pack of Pull-Ups Flushable Wipes, a re-sealable zip-top plastic bag that’s big enough for wet clothing, and any “must-have” potty props, such as a special potty book or sticker chart.
2. Be flexible.
Even if your little one has reached potty training success and is wearing real underwear, it’s okay to use Pull-Ups while traveling. They can really come in handy during lengthy car rides, plane trips or any situation that calls for a little extra security and convenience. Yes, consistency is important during potty training, but so is your sanity – especially during the holidays. Aim to return to the regular program once you return from a trip.
3. Dress your travelin’ toddler in easily removable clothing.
We know grandma loves to see her grandson in those adorable overalls, and your daughter loves her special holiday tights, but limit these clothes while you’re on the road. You’ll thank me when you’re in a roadside bathroom and can rush to the potty quickly and easily to make it back on the road in no time. There’s a reason Santa wears big loose pants!
4. Schedule frequent breaks for potty visits and checks on their Pull-Ups.
This actually has double the benefits since yes, your toddler will need a potty break — but they’ll also need some fresh air and an opportunity to stretch those little legs. Plan these stops ahead of time if you can, and you can go on a “potty-seek-and-find” adventure at every stop. Let them know you’re sticking to the normal routine, and just adding in some exciting new steps. Give yourself plenty of time so you’re not dashing through the snow, or worried about travel delays.
5. Continue your reward system.
Whether your child is a sticker chart fanatic or can’t get enough jelly beans, your trip doesn’t need to impact the incentives that work for them. You could even consider introducing a special travel-only reward for added fun. Small candy canes or chocolate gelt work perfectly this time of year.
To make potty training even more special for your little ones, Pull-Ups has just released new designs that will feature your kids beloved Disney characters. Boys will love the new Lion Guard design, and your young ladies can now wear their favorite Whisker Haven friends (Hearts, Hooves, Paws!). The new designs still offer the same great protection that is ideal for potty training, and they still look and feel like underwear, perfect for your learning kiddos. They are easy to pull on and off, especially in those urgent potty moments!
Pull-Ups now also come in a brand new box, complete with a fun activity inside! Grab your crayons and let your kids have at it, as this creative new packaging is perfect for your box-loving, arteests. It’s like a giant coloring book inside! We already know kids love boxes, and they’ll love these even more.
When it comes time to start the journey of potty training with your little one, Pull-Ups Training pants are your perfect partner. Not only do they offer the peace of mind and protection that every parent wants, but they make the process of training exciting with their unique designs by Disney. This holiday, don’t be afraid to both start and continue potty training with your little ones. You can do it!
Dr. Heather Wittenberg
Dr. Heather Wittenberg is a licensed child psychologist specializing in the development of babies and toddlers. She is the author of Let’s Get This Potty Started! and a proud Pull-Ups brand partner. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and four children, all of them, thank heavens, now potty trained. You can learn more about Dr. Heather at BabyShrink.com.