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Road Tripping with a Potty Trainer


True Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad



August 2013

There are few things more nerve-wracking than taking a newly potty trained child on a road trip.

I will never forget the time we took our oldest daughter, barely out of diapers, on a two-hour ride to grandma's house. We decided it would be a good idea to take a potty ring with us. (For those of you who don't know, a potty ring is like a smaller toilet seat lid that sits on top of a regular toilet seat – I guess so kids don't fall in to an unexpected toilet bath.)

We were driving at dusk that night, on a stretch of desolate backroad, when our daughter said the words every traveling parent dreads, "I need to go potty, bad." What do we do now? There was no place to stop. I'd seen too many horror movies to pull into a random farmhouse and ask to use the bathroom. (I'd rather clean pee out of a car seat and take two steps back in the potty training department than get chopped up into little bits and buried in someone's back yard.)

Since stopping was out of the question, we decided we could pull over to the side of the road and make our own potty. My wife and I were going to hold the seat up while my daughter sat on it. Good idea (maybe) in theory. Not a good idea in practice. Ever try to sit on a moving toilet seat? Me neither. As I held up potty ring, tall grass was poking my daughter's behiney (as she likes to call it) through the seat. It was equal parts stressful and hilarious. Unfortunately, it didn't work either. So back into the car we went.

Luckily, the poking of the weeds on her bottom scared her enough to hold it in the rest of the way to grandma's house!

Happy Parenting!

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