I have been in this situation four times… you have just potty trained your child, but now what? You are constantly thinking about it. You can’t be out of the house or away from a toilet for more than a few hours, for fear of those words “I have to go to the potty.” You dread hearing that your child has to use a bathroom at a restaurant, for fear of them touching anything not clean. I could go on & on. 🙂
Here are some of my favorite tools for the newly potty trained child.
1- This little toilet. Ok, I can be completely honest to say that I WOULD BE LOST WITHOUT IT! We keep this in our car at all times. One time Mickey cleaned out the car and forgot to put it back before a long road trip. When we were two hours in, and on a long stretch of the highway without an exit, we hear those five little words coming from behind us “I need to go potty.” No big deal right… just pull over, grab the seat from the trunk and be back on the road in three minutes. Unless you don’t have this with you. Lets just say it was a very stressful 20 minutes trying to get to the next exit
2- This fold-up toilet seat is perfect for travel, as well. While I don’t use this one while we are driving, this one is perfect for restaurants, etc… Just keep it in a plastic bag & replace the bag after each cleaning. You can keep it in the car or in your diaper bag.
3- Disposable Potty Covers. This is an option that could easily replace option #2. If you wanted to have these, you would just use them & throw them away in the bathroom when you were finished. Pretty easy. 🙂
4- Potty Cleaning Wipes. I like these ones, to keep near the child’s potty, because they are more kid-safe. I worry a little about the harsh cleaners (what if my child were to use one to wash their faces… as our daughter did last week. Yep, really.) That’s why I switched to keeping these within their reach instead of the more dangerous chemical ones.
5- Squatty Potty. This bathroom stool is made to help your body be in the right position to use the bathroom… easier. I love this because so many children are constipated in those first few months and this may be just the thing to help.
6- Extra clothes. Keep extra clothes nearby (in the car or in your purse). I always kept a little pair of underwear and shorts in my bag, just in case.
7- A potty training coloring book.
If you are still in the potty training phase, my book, Potty Train in a Weekend, will take you to the finish line.