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How do you cope with potty training while out and about, particularly with two toddlers? I can’t exactly do the dash to the nearest public toilet and leave one sitting there in the shopping trolley! Help!

Posted by Kylie G, 17th June 2014

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  • I tried to set aside a week where I didn’t have to go far it’s too hard otherwise!

  • Family rooms and disabled toilets are perfect, plenty of times I took my trolleys there. And yes, a potty in the car is handy and a broiler sheet in the car seat too.

  • They have parent rooms in some shopping centres where you can take the 2 kids and the trolley in. I’d suggest knowing where all the toilets are and keeping the shopping trips brief in the first few weeks

  • Take a potty in the car with you, it’s a life saver.

  • Even with one toddler I often had to leave a trolley full of food in the supermarket and run to the toilet. I found that constantly asking when we are passing a toilet or before getting in the car would only work sometimes, other times no matter how often I asked she would decide she need to go when we are on the freeway or in a long queue. Be patient and prepared for accidents, all parents have had them. Use any toilet that is available, most disabled toilets also allow baby changing/young children. Maybe try and take another adult with you for the first few times so if you do need to leave with one child you have someone responsible with the other child.
    Good luck.

  • you clearly have to take both in . While there get the other one to go to the toilet. put them both in the same cubicle with you

  • As the mother of a disabled child I certainly have no problem with mums using disabled toilets, mothers rooms are ideal but not always there when you need them!

  • Maybe stress to them that they go before you leave, then when you get the take them again to the toilet the just after you finish shopping,take them again.

  • I always made sure my son would go to the toilet before we left home. He would have the occasional accident when he was getting toilet trained, but it didn’t take long till there was no accidents. Good luck.

  • I feel your pain, I’ve been through this not with two but one and that was hard enough. I just always made sure she went to the toilet before she left and if we were in the middle of grocery shopping, the trolley got left there while we ducked off the toilet. So basically everything just got dropped for her. I know it’s hard but it will get better!! Hang in there.

  • Very tricky… if they need to go while driving, you can pull over and there is a potty that folds up with bags which is great and portable. Otherwise most kids rooms have room to fit a trolley too. Good luck, I am soon to do the same.

  • Yes 2 can be tricky lol my twins , one would refuse as I would make them go before we left home then again before I started shopping but one would always refuse so I just would go about what we had to do and hope he could hang on if he had to go

  • Behind a tree or pulling over on the side of the road is acceptable and most people will understand. I must say it is easier with boys. You will get through it.

  • I would use the disabled toilets if it was free, I do this with my toddler and my baby.

  • Thanks everyone! My biggest stress has been my sons utter refusal to go to the toilet before we do anything. He only likes to go when he feels the urge. Then I have maybe 60 seconds to get him there! Also, I was worried that putting a pull up on him was going to hold him back or confuse him. I’ve since tried that and he is still asking for the toilet :) had a big day out at the shops today… Accident free! Faith restored :)

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