We have been slowly potty training Samson for about a year. It was basically Elimination Communication with early potty training/learning but he still wore diapers especially when out and about because he hated to sit on the regular potty without an insert or anything.
So, I have devised a list of things that we use when out and about. It isn’t long, but it did really make a difference in training him outside of the house, including pooping in public!
1) Who? Geoffrey has tried to take Samson potty before but it is not as successful as when Samson is with me. I guess Mommy helps make him feel better and we are usually out together. (But I do admit that I really don’t like public restrooms.)
2) Where? This is more complicated than you think. You may think that any where that you can will work. But some situations require more complicated planning.
I usually either take Samson into the handicap stall where I can bring his stroller in or the family restroom if it is available. It offers more room and I have place to put things as we are using the restroom, including him.
3) What? What do we use to make him actually want to go? We bought a portable potty for him because we use a potty insert at home and it has made a world of difference. We use the Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus because it was recommended to me by many moms.
It is really cool because you can use as a portable potty insert and also a portable potty by itself. This has made a world of difference for us!
4) When? I try to do it about every hour or so, about when I would use the restroom. Usually after we eat or before also helps because then he can wash his hands and he drinks a lot while we have a meal!
5) Why? Why so much “stuff”? Because I want it to be most like home. It makes him feel more comfortable. It also helps makes my job easier because once he is on the potty, he doesn’t need my help, just to get off. It makes our lives better because potty training is a lot of work!
6) How? I do not do rewards but I do make it more like home. I include his potty, take off his underwear (or training pants), pants, and shoes. But I also do include a book because that way he has something to do. He has books at home and the books can be about anything. I bought his book at the Target Dollar Stop and it is only for going potty in public. We also love mini “Find Me” books because it has lots of pictures for him to look at.
Do you have any suggestions for potty training in Public Restrooms?