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Old 07-22-2013, 05:22 AM
 
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I have a 3 year old (3 last month) boy who has very low verbal skills for his age, so we have been a little later to join the potty train.

We're doing no diaper/no undies/no pants right now for summer. Starting yesterday, and this morning, he has grabbed my hand and said 'peepee!' and we went to the potty! Great! A new word too.

My question is~ what do I do about outings? I can stay home for a few days so we keep close to the potty but eventually I need to start running errands. Do you bring your potty seat? Do you use a diaper? A pullup? A cloth diaper??? I plan on only very short outings (groceries) until we are more confident.

TIA.

 
Old 07-22-2013, 06:02 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Undies.
I never took a seat.
 
Old 07-22-2013, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Hillsborough
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I keep a toddler potty in the back of my car at all times for emergencies. I also have a pee pee pad for the carseat, so that in case of an accident, I can just remove the pad and still have a dry carseat. Otherwise, just underwear and frequent bathroom stops. And several changes of clothes.

Some people carry around a foldable potty insert to put on top of a public toilet if your kid is afraid of falling in. Another tip is a sticky note pad to cover the light sensors on some public toilets, so that they don't flush unexpectedly and scare your child. A bad experience like these can set you back in potty training.
 
Old 07-22-2013, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Do NOT put him in diapers. It is confusing. You have to act like he is wearing underwear all the time now and follow through. Using the bathroom while out is part of life, and if you act like it's no big deal, so will he.

Start out with quick trips and figure out where the bathrooms are the minute you get in the store. Then just ask him if he needs to go.

I always brought wet wipes with me to clean off toilet seats before they got up there. But boys have the blessed ability to pee standing up, so get him to do that as early as possible.

Also, don't give him a ton of liquid before you go out.
 
Old 07-22-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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You may want to try a social story for going potty when you are out and about. You would have to make one yourself, but there are social stories about the potty that you could modify.

http://www.setbc.org/pictureset/reso...oom_public.pdf

http://www.setbc.org/pictureset/reso...otty_story.pdf

http://www.ccsd.edu/files/filesystem...ty%20Story.pdf

http://www.setbc.org/pictureset/reso...et_routine.pdf

http://www.setbc.org/pictureset/reso...m/bathroom.pdf
 
Old 07-22-2013, 05:52 PM
 
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Thanks guys.

We went out today and had several accidents (friend's house) but eventually he found his way to the potty. It's still day 1 proper so not bad, he gets very excited when he goes. Slowly learning to recognize it.
 
Old 07-22-2013, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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I keep a toddler potty in the back of my car at all times for emergencies. I also have a pee pee pad for the carseat, so that in case of an accident, I can just remove the pad and still have a dry carseat. Otherwise, just underwear and frequent bathroom stops. And several changes of clothes.

Some people carry around a foldable potty insert to put on top of a public toilet if your kid is afraid of falling in. Another tip is a sticky note pad to cover the light sensors on some public toilets, so that they don't flush unexpectedly and scare your child. A bad experience like these can set you back in potty training.
Excellent advice, especially with the sticky notes for the automatic toilets.

I just constantly asked if she needed to go... over and over and over again....
 
Old 07-22-2013, 09:32 PM
 
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I have a 3 year old (3 last month) boy who has very low verbal skills for his age, so we have been a little later to join the potty train.

We're doing no diaper/no undies/no pants right now for summer. Starting yesterday, and this morning, he has grabbed my hand and said 'peepee!' and we went to the potty! Great! A new word too.

My question is~ what do I do about outings? I can stay home for a few days so we keep close to the potty but eventually I need to start running errands. Do you bring your potty seat? Do you use a diaper? A pullup? A cloth diaper??? I plan on only very short outings (groceries) until we are more confident.

TIA.
I did what you are doing - tried to stay around the potty as much as possible. I also tried putting his underwear on under his diaper. That lets him know if he pees his pants (the diaper makes it hard to tell and too comfortable - we have essentially trained them to go in a diaper). But that was a pain. We did have to deal with accidents for a week or so, and I just made sure to bring plenty of extra clothes. I also took him to the potty frequently when we were out (I got paper potty covers from amazon so he didn't have to touch icky public toilets, and also had a plastic foldable one - but some kids are afraid of them). The key is making sure to get a sense of timing and take him to the potty regularly whether he says anything or not. This in between period will probably pass quickly, so just expect occasional accidents for a while and be prepared with extra stuff - including socks and maybe even shoes - at all times.
 
Old 07-22-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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I planned errands accordingly. He went potty, we left immediately to do whatever. And I took extra clothes everywhere. I spent a good four days at home, or close to it, just focusing on the potty. I never took one with me. I also used the old school plastic pants over the underwear a lot. Pull ups were way to close to diapers for daytime wear but I used them at night
 
Old 07-23-2013, 12:16 AM
 
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OP, you already have a thread on potty training. This falls under that same topic.
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