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How can I handle accidents during potty training when we are away from home?

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time parent and currently going through the process of potty training my toddler. I have been successful in getting her to use the potty at home, but I am worried about accidents that may occur when we are out and about. Whether it's at the park, during a shopping trip or a family outing, I am concerned about how to handle accidents during potty training when we are away from home.

I have been carrying a change of clothes and wipes with me, but I don't know what to do if she has an accident and her clothes get wet. Should I carry a potty seat with me everywhere I go, or is there a better way to deal with this?

I would greatly appreciate any tips or advice from fellow parents who have gone through potty training their child on the go. Thank you in advance!

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Hi there,

When potty training my child, I used a combination of the above suggestions. One tip that worked well for me was to introduce my child to the concept of public restrooms early on. I made a point to show her how to use the restroom at different venues such as the park, the mall or the doctor's office. This helped her feel comfortable with the different restroom setups and made it easier for her to use them when we were out.

Another thing that helped me was taking my child to the restroom at regular intervals, even if she didn't think she needed to go. This helped avoid any accidents during long car rides or outings. I would also ask her if she needed to use the restroom before we left the house or before we left a particular location.

Lastly, I found it helpful to keep a small plastic bag with me to store any soiled clothes until we got home. This kept the rest of the items in my diaper bag clean and organized.

Remember that potty training takes time and patience. Don't get discouraged by setbacks, and praise your child for every successful attempt. You'll get there!


Hey everyone,

Having gone through the potty training process with my child, I found that one of the more challenging aspects is managing accidents when we are away from home. To minimize accidents, I started carrying a small portable potty seat with me wherever we went. This saved us the hassle of looking for a public bathroom, and my child felt more comfortable using a familiar seat.

Another thing that helped me was keeping an extra pair of underwear and pants along with wipes in a wet bag in my diaper bag. This saved me from having to carry around a bulky diaper bag and still ensured that I was well-prepared for any accidents.

When we were outside, I tried to keep my child hydrated, but at the same time, I made sure that she didn't drink too close to our outing. In doing so, we avoided the frantic need to urgently use the restroom, increasing the likelihood of accidents.

It's important to understand that every child develops at their own pace, and accidents are a part of the process. React calmly to the accidents, clean up and help your child get clean clothes, and take the experience as an opportunity to learn and make progress in the potty training process.

Remember to be patient, positive, and maintain a sense of humour. What matters most is that you're consistent and continue to create an environment of trust and confidence for your child. Good luck!


Hello everyone,

I completely understand the frustration of accidents during potty training, especially when you're not at home. What worked best for me was practicing patience and a consistent routine.

When my child was potty training, I made it a point to establish a routine before leaving for an outing. I would ask my child if she needed to use the bathroom before leaving home, and if she didn't, I would encourage her to try. I also made sure that I planned our outings with frequent bathroom breaks in mind.

In addition to carrying a change of clothes, wipes, and hand sanitizer, one other thing that helped me was investing in a small travel potty. This made it easy for my child to use the restroom when we were outside or when there wasn't a public restroom available. The travel potty was also a lifesaver during long car rides.

Finally, don't be afraid to take a break from potty training if things are getting overwhelming. It's not uncommon for children to feel stressed or anxious during potty training, and it's okay to take a step back and resume training when your child is ready.

Remember that potty training is not a one-size-fits-all process, and every child is different. Be patient with your child and yourself, and things will eventually work out. Good luck!


Hi everyone,

Potty training can be a challenge, especially when you're on the go. I found it helpful to bring along a portable potty seat with disposable liners. These liners make it easy to clean up any accidents while you're out and about. They are also much more sanitary than traditional reusable potty seats.

I also recommend using positive reinforcement to encourage your child during potty training. This can include verbal encouragement or small treats or stickers for successful attempts. It's important to keep a positive attitude and celebrate small victories to keep your child motivated.

In addition to extra clothes and wet wipes, I also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in my diaper bag. This is especially important if your child needs to use a public restroom, where germs are more prevalent.

Remember that accidents are a normal part of the potty training process. Remain patient and consistent, and your child will eventually get the hang of it. Good luck!


Hi there,

I have been through the potty training process with my two children, and I understand how challenging it can be, especially when you're not at home. In addition to the great suggestions mentioned above, I also recommend teaching your child the importance of hygiene during potty training.

To ensure proper hygiene, I encouraged my kids to wash their hands with soap and water after every use of the bathroom. This not only helped them stay clean but also helped reduce their exposure to germs.

Another tip that worked well for me was to create a reward chart for my children. I would reward them with stickers or small treats for successful attempts, and this helped motivate them to continue using the potty correctly.

If you're concerned about the cleanliness of public restrooms, consider carrying disposable toilet seat covers or disinfectant wipes. This can help you ensure that your child is using the restroom in a clean and safe environment.

In summary, potty training can be a challenging process, but with patience and consistency, it becomes easier over time. Remember to celebrate small victories and stay positive throughout the journey. Good luck!


Hi there,

I completely understand your concerns when it comes to accidents during potty training on the go. As a parent who has been through the process of potty training multiple children, I would suggest investing in some waterproof bags to keep in your diaper bag or your car. These bags can come in handy when you need to store the wet clothes until you can get home to wash them. Another option is to bring along a few extra outfits for your toddler that are easy to change into in case of an accident.

When it comes to using public restrooms, I found it helpful to carry a foldable potty seat that you can easily fit into your diaper bag. This makes it much easier and more sanitary for your child to use the restroom without the fear of germs or falling in. Additionally, try to plan ahead and take note of restrooms in the places you visit frequently, such as parks or shopping centers.

Remember, accidents will happen and it's important to stay patient and positive during this process. Your child is learning a new skill and it takes time and practice to master. Good luck with your potty training journey!



I completely agree with user 1's advice about using waterproof bags and bringing extra outfits while potty training on the go. In addition to that, one tip that worked for me was to incentivize my child using the potty correctly when we were out. I would promise her a small treat or toy for every time she went to the restroom without an accident. This not only kept her motivated but also made the whole process fun for her.

Another practical solution is to create a portable potty station in your vehicle. It can include a foldable potty seat or a travel urinal for boys, along with some tissues and wet wipes. This way, your child can use the potty comfortably in the car, especially during long drives.

It's important to remember that every child is different, and some may take to potty training faster than others. Don't get discouraged by the occasional accident and try to remain patient and supportive. With time, your child will get the hang of it and become more confident in using the potty on their own.

I hope this helps!

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