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Potty training tips for when your child is away from home

Potty Training While Traveling

My wife and I recently returned from a long vacation with our two young children. I use the word “vacation” lightly, though. As any parent knows, traveling with a child of any age can be tiring and stressful and yet, relaxing at the same time (usually when the kids are asleep).
Vacations and travel also present challenges for potty training. There are new and exciting things to see and do, bathrooms are not always nearby (if we even know where one is), and normal routines get thrown out the window. Thankfully, my almost 5-year-old daughter made it through our 10-day trip without an accident, but there were some close moments.

day care’s role in the potty training process

Day Care’s Role in the Potty Training Process

When it comes to teaching potty training, everyone who cares for your child needs to be on board. This includes your spouse, babysitters, and day care providers. While it may be difficult to get every person in your child’s life as committed to the process as you are, the good news is that day care providers are typically eager to get your child out of diapers. Daycare’s role in the potty training process can be a huge help to parents, and they may even be more successful than you would be if you tried it alone! Don’t take it personally, though. They’re experts. And, with their expertise comes some tried-and-true tips.

Potty Accident: Rushed Potty Training and the Swimming Pool

It was late one summer evening, and my wife finally caved. My daughter had asked her time and time again — as three-year-olds are known to do — to go swimming in our community pool. My wife finally agreed, and the two of them walked over to the pool.

Part of the reason my wife was hesitant to go to the pool was the lack of a swim diaper. While my daughter was mostly potty trained at this point, we still had her wear a swim diaper to the pool in case there was an accident. My daughter did well using the bathroom at home but sometimes had accidents if she got too involved in a fun activity.

My wife and I talked it over and decided our daughter could head to the pool without a swim diaper. We would risk it and hope she could go without an issue. We were wrong.

Potty Training: Preschool Potty Training Policy

As my wife and I started to think about potty training, almost every online resource gave the same advice: wait for the child to tell you they are ready. This could be the child saying they no longer want to wear diapers, or a desire to use the toilet like mom and dad.
While I have no doubt this is the best advice, my wife and I found ourselves in a slightly different situation. We had a deadline.

how to potty train on vacation

How to Potty Train on Vacation

When a dad is trying to potty train his kids, there’s a lot that can go wrong. However, you do have a few things going for you, like the home field advantage of training your kids inside of your home.

However, life is what happens when you’re making potty training plans, and you end up losing that advantage when you go on a vacation. This puts a lot of dads in a bind. Should you cancel the vacation? Hit the snooze button on the training? Or something else entirely?

We’ve got some advice for you: don’t give up. We’ve created the perfect guide for how you can successfully potty train while traveling!

balancing daycare potty training and home potty training

Balancing Daycare Potty Training and Home Potty Training

Potty training a child at home is already a tricky task. However, potty training a kid while they also spend a little (or maybe a lot) of time at daycare can be a nightmare.

Fortunately, all it takes to keep the nightmare at bay is finding the right balance. Basically, you and the daycare teachers need to be on the same page, because potty training your child will be a group effort.

Here are some handy tips for achieving the balance you need!

7 tips for potty training in daycare

7 Tips for Potty Training in Daycare

Potty training in daycare can be extra challenging. Not only is your child learning a new skill, but he’s learning it in different environments with different caregivers, routines, and structures. All that said, many children learn to use the potty at daycare and your child can too.

Below are some tips for success:

potty training tips: shared potty training

Potty Training Tips: Shared Potty Training

We’ve all heard the phrase “It takes a village to raise a child.” The same applies to potty training, which often involves more people than just the primary caregiver. For most modern American children, their potty training comes from more than just their mothers. Many children are cared for by fathers, grandparents, nannies, babysitters, daycare centers, and other care providers. The most important potty training tip is that all caregivers are on the same page.

The key to successful potty training is consistency. If toddlers are offered the opportunity to use the potty at home but use diapers the entire day at daycare, they may have difficulty toilet training and take longer to learn. When it comes to potty training, it is important to share your potty training plan with everyone involved in your child’s care.