Potty Training on the Go

After the little bout of toilet training regression that coincided with the beginning of school, Gavin seems to be back on track with his toilet training progress. Aside from a few “accidents” that usually result when we’ve got visitors and Gavin cannot bear to tear himself away from the excitement, he has generally been able to keep his underwear dry.

Although the toilet training seems to be going well, there are still instances when we need to pop a diaper on him – when he sleeps and when we go out. Currently, he sleeps too soundly wake up before he pees although he can wake up to poop – as I discovered one night.

I think Gavin has also discovered that wearing underwear beats having a diaper on. There have been instances where he has refused to put a diaper on to go out. Quite frankly, I am delighted that he doesn’t want to wear a diaper. However, we run into two problems when this happens.

Firstly, we haven’t quite mastered the art of using a public toilet. Secondly, with the recent development of the terrible twos, Gavin has generally been difficult about going to the toilet on demand. Although he will tell us when he needs to go, he refuses to be told to go to the toilet before he decides he is ready. So even if we want to dash out to the corner store, Gavin refuses to use the potty before heading out of the house.

As for using public toilets (at least the ones here), I have a few issues with them. If you aren’t in a decent shopping mall, most of the public toilets are so wet and disgusting that there is nowhere to stand Gavin so I can help him remove his pants. And if the shopping mall isn’t equipped with a “children’s” toilet (the little toilet seats), then I have to hold Gavin over the toilet.

Considering the number of times Gavin has requested to use the toilet in public only to be unable to do the deed suggests to me that he has difficulties peeing and pooping in mid-air. Besides, at my current stage of the pregnancy, carrying Gavin is tiring enough. Having to hold him over a toilet is really a physical strain I could really do without.

I also suspect that Gavin, himself, has decided that he only wants to use the “children’s” toilet. Whenever he asks to go to the toilet, he seems unhappy when there is no special “little” toilet for him. Unfortunately, most shopping malls don’t have the little toilets. I’ve only seen them at Pavilion, Jaya Jusco in Midvalley, Kizsports in Bangsar Village, and 1Utama. Aside from these, the only other places I feel comfortable taking Gavin to the toilet are the parents room in The Gardens and some of the cleaner malls which provide access to the disabled toilets.

I really do wonder how other parents manage toilet training in public. Any parents of toilet trained children with tips to offer?

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

3 thoughts on “Potty Training on the Go

  1. Gib – can’t say I’ve tried but it certainly looks good. Maybe something I need to look into…

    Pools – can’t help you there. I don’t know anything about potty training pets.


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