Traveling With Two Little Ones/Potty IssuesAdvice Needed Please! :)

Rachel - posted on 08/15/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hi hoping I can get some experienced mommies to help here! I have a almost 3 yr old and another one who just turned 4 this month. me and a couple other moms planned a wonderful trip to disney world with all of our kids and we're leaving today! In total theres i think 7 children including my two girls ages 2, 4, 3, 9, 10 and two 8 yr olds wooo! anyways we're going to be taking two vans and my kids will be riding seperately but my 4 yr old dd will be with me and my other daughter will be riding with the other two moms with their 3 and 10 yr old boys the rest of the kids will be riding with me in the newer van since its a bit bigger. So as you can already tell it's going to be a bit hectic with only 3 mommies haha! Anyways, we'll be driving for a long time all the way from Kansas to Florida, the trip's around 17 hours or so, give or take and we'll be switching drivers off and on. so anyways one of the obvious issues that come up is what do we do for potty breaks? I asked the other moms what we were going to do if one of the little ones needed to go potty and weren't near a rest stop. The mom with the 3 yr old boy told me she put her son in diapers for the trip just in case he had an accident and couldn't hold it. my 3 yr old daughter isnt potty trained yet so she still wears diapers so that isnt an issue with her but my 4 yr old dd is another story. she's day time potty trained but not nighttime trained. Usually during the day if she cant get to the potty in the first few minutes or so she'll have an accident. i dont want to risk it though one because these arent my cars and two because shes sitting near older children I considered bringing a potty seat with us but theres not going to be enough room for it and i dont want her pottying infront of other kids. I also considered doing what the other mom did with her son but im kinda worried that if I put her in diapers she'll think it's okay to use them instead of telling me when she needs to go potty but she thinks I'm over thinking it though.. Anyways, any suggestions moms?!


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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/15/2015




I'm not sure how easy it will be in that area, but when mine were training, and we were on trips, we took LOTS of potty breaks, which meant that dad had to do a lot of peeing on demand...LOL.

It's easier where we travel, though (High plains area, Wyoming, Idaho, etc) becasue there are quite a few remote exits that we could just stop off the side of the road and 'water' bushes. I know that isn't 'socially' acceptable now days, but seriously, folks...if you're in a remote area...

Have fun at Disney!!!

Sarah - posted on 08/15/2015




I would plan lots of potty breaks. After you eat have everyone go potty. Then plan another potty break about an hour after that. Limit liquids. Make sure they stay hydrated, but they also don't need full sippy cups throughout the ride. Bring a small potty with just in case. You can fit that is with the other stuff it is not that big. You can also pull over and find a discret place for her to potty if needed. If you are planning in those potty breaks then you will likely not need the little potty. Maybe you could also offer the use of the potty to the other mom.

I do not believe in putting on a diaper or pull up for car rides no matter the length. That is not fair on the child when they have worked so hard to get where they are at. As adults we also have to take on that responsibility in helping them grow and achieve their developmental targets. Putting a diaper on is convenient, but not helpful with their development. We travel often as our family lives far away. I don't do diapers or pull ups once we are in underwear. We have also been able to not need a small potty with either, but it is a nice security when you are out in the middle of nowhere.

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