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Can You Potty Train Children in Public Toilets?

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Can You Potty Train Children in Public Toilets?

We’ve all been caught out. We’re in the middle of toilet training, but we must go out. Just how hard can it be to potty train kids in public toilets? Surely they’ll understand a toilet is a toilet no matter where it is? Nope. So, what makes life easy when toileting kids when you’re out and about? Let’s find out …

Making It Easy to Potty Train Kids in Public Toilets

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You’ve finally got your child sitting on the potty. They’ve even mastered sitting on the kids seat on the grown-up toilet, hurray! So, you’re all taking a trip to the supermarket and you know there is a public toilet if you need one. The inevitable happens. You get a “Mummy, I need to go to the toilet noooowww.” You leave the trolley in the middle of an aisle and head to the public toilet. After grabbing the largest stall where you can both fit in together, your child refuses to use the toilet. How can you get them to go? Here are some tips to try:

little girl learning about potty training

  • Cover up the sensor on an automatic flushing toilet. The unexpected noise can freak some kids out.
  • Explain that yes, the toilet seat is bigger, but I will stay here and make sure you don’t fall in.
  • Holding a little boy up so he can pee into the toilet stops his little pee pee aiming and missing, as well as stopping it from resting on the cold toilet bowl.
  • Bring a potty with you. Yes, not ideal, but taking a small potty in a large bag avoids the need to actually use the public toilet.
  • Sit your child sideways on the seat. This completely stops their fear of falling it!
  • Have rewards in your bag ready to give your child as soon as they’ve gone. Who said bribery was no good?

Accidents will happen, so make sure you take a spare change of clothes with you. You could also try our Training Pants or our Car seat protectors Both will help catch any little wee accidents if you can’t make it to the toilet in time. Or, let’s face it, refuse to use the toilet at all. But like all potty training, it just takes patience, practice, patience and more time.