Joy - posted on 05/30/2012 ( 67 moms have responded )
It came up on a blog with another mom: when you go to a public restroom such as an airport or other busy place with your children what age do you trust them to wait in the bathroom for you to finish your business?
Recently my 2 year old wanted to wait outside for me when we were in a small airport (Cedar Rapids, IA.) While there aren't a lot of people there, I didn't want to leave her outside the stall I was using. -so I didn't. I am pregnant so I can see why my 2 year old wouldn't want to be dragged to the restroom as much as I have to go, but I won't let her run around by herself in such places either! My 2 year old is potty trained and sometimes when she uses a public restroom she'll tell me she doesn't need any help (and sometimes she does) so I'll sometimes wait right outside her stall (checking to make sure she remembers to wipe.)
The other mom I was talking to said she doesn't leave her 4 year old in the restroom alone either. So how old should children be before they can wait outside the stalls for you? 5? 6? 8?