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How can I help my toddler feel comfortable using a public restroom during potty training?

Hi everyone,

I'm currently in the middle of potty training my toddler and it has been going well so far at home. However, I'm a little anxious about taking her out in public and having her use a public restroom. I'm worried she might feel uncomfortable and not want to go, which could lead to accidents.

Does anyone have any tips or tricks on how to help a toddler feel more comfortable using a public restroom during potty training? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.

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Hi there,

As a mom who has been through potty training with my toddler, I can understand how daunting it can be to use public restrooms during this time.

One thing that worked for us was to always be prepared and equipped with the right tools. For example, we always carried a travel size hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes to clean surfaces before and after use. This gave me peace of mind knowing that my child was in a clean and safe environment.

Another thing that helped us was to make the public restroom experience fun for my child. I would encourage her to sing a song or play a game to distract her from any uncomfortable feelings. This approach helped her to stay relaxed and made the experience more enjoyable for both of us.

Lastly, I always made sure to give my toddler lots of praise and positive reinforcement for using the public restroom. I would always thank her for being brave and trying her best, and even rewarded her with a small treat or toy. This helped to build her confidence and made it more likely for her to want to use public restrooms in the future.

I hope these tips are helpful to you and your little one. Remember, every child is different, so finding what works best for you and your family may take time and experimenting. Good luck with the potty training!


Hi there,

As a mom who has recently gone through the potty training phase, I understand your concern about your toddler using public restrooms.

One thing that worked for my child was to make it a fun and exciting experience. I would sometimes bring along a special, small toy or gift that she could only play with during our outings. This gave her something to look forward to and made it more likely that she would be enthusiastic about using the restroom.

Another helpful approach was to turn potty time into a game. I would challenge my child to see how quickly she could go potty or how many times she could flush the toilet. This made the experience more engaging and less intimidating for her.

I also found it helpful to stay calm and patient during this process. If my child was hesitant or had an accident, I would refrain from getting frustrated or upset. Instead, I would reassure her that accidents happen and that it was okay. This allowed her to feel more comfortable and secure, even in a public restroom setting.

Remember, every child is different and potty training can be a challenging experience. But with a little creativity, patience and positivity, you and your child can successfully navigate this process. Good luck!


Hi there,

I can definitely relate to your concern about potty training in public restrooms. When my toddler was going through the potty training phase, I found it helpful to bring along a portable potty seat and some disinfecting wipes to clean the seat beforehand.

I also made sure to explain to my child what we were doing and why it was important to use the restroom when we were out and about. Giving her a sense of independence by letting her pick which stall to use or letting her flush the toilet herself also helped her feel more comfortable.

Another thing that helped was having a special reward or positive reinforcement afterwards, such as a sticker or small treat. This helped my child associate using public restrooms with positive experiences and made it more likely for her to want to go the next time.

Hope these tips help, and good luck with potty training!



I completely understand your worries and can attest to how nerve-wracking potty training in public can be.

For my child, incorporating routines and familiar items helped to ease any anxiety she had about using a public restroom. I would make sure to bring along her favorite book or toy to make it a more comfortable experience for her. We also made a habit of using the same restroom whenever we were out and about which eliminated the fear of the unknown.

Additionally, encouraging your toddler to sit on the potty at home with their clothes on can help them become more comfortable with the sensation of sitting on a toilet seat in a public restroom. This way, they are already familiar with the process and it will be less daunting for them.

I also found that being patient and understanding with my child’s needs and worries makes the entire process easier for both of us. It's important to remember that every child is different and progress may take time.

Above all, maintaining a positive attitude and a sense of humor can help alleviate the pressure and create a positive experience for your child. Good luck and stay strong!


Hi there,

I have been through potty training my toddler recently and can totally understand how uncomfortable it can be for the little one to use the public restrooms. To make things easier, I made sure to carry a few essentials that helped in these situations.

I always carried a portable potty seat and sanitized it before letting my toddler sit on it. Additionally, I made sure to have some toilet seat covers in my diaper bag at all times. This helped in ensuring that my toddler doesn't come in contact with germs or bacteria that could make her sick.

Another piece of advice that worked for me was to give my toddler the chance to pick out her own potty seat cover or toilet paper. This gave her a sense of control and made it more likely for her to want to use the restroom.

I also made sure to explain the entire process to my toddler beforehand and encouraged her to ask for help if she needed it. This made her feel more confident and relaxed using the public restrooms.

I hope these tips are helpful for you and your little one. With time and practice, your toddler will become more comfortable using public restrooms as well. Good luck with the potty training!


Hello everyone,

I can definitely relate to the worry of potty training in public restrooms. However, there are some things that worked for my child.

One of the strategies that helped us was to encourage my child to go to the restroom before leaving the house or before going to a place where there might not be a restroom nearby. This way, there was less pressure and stress in having to use a public restroom.

Another simple hack that worked for us was to bring along a pair of disposable gloves. These gloves can be used to open and close the stall door, flush the toilet, and use the sink without worrying about germs.

Also, teaching my child how to properly wash her hands helped her feel a little bit more in control of the situation. I would remind her to always use soap and sing her favorite song twice while washing her hands, so that she would remember to wash them thoroughly.

Lastly, creating a fun and interactive reward system can help motivate your child to use the restroom in public places. We used stickers and small treats as rewards, but every child is different, and you should find a reward that works best for your child.

I hope these tips will be helpful to you as you tackle potty training in public spaces. Remember, it's a learning process, and with patience and persistence, your child will get there!


Hi everyone,

I agree that potty training in public can be a little stressful for both the child and parent. From my experience, one thing that helped to ease the tension was to always scout the restroom in advance if possible. I would try to choose restrooms that were less crowded and had fewer people waiting in line. This made the process less intimidating for my child and less stressful for me.

Another strategy was to make sure my child was comfortable with the pants she was wearing. I would always encourage her to wear easy to remove clothes or pants with an elastic waistband, so that she wouldn't have to feel uneasy about undressing in a public space.

To keep my child as engaged as possible, I would sometimes sing or read a book aloud to her while she was using the restroom. I found that this gave her something else to focus on and helped to make it feel like a more natural experience for her.

Lastly, it's important to be patient and not give up on potty training. It's a process that takes a lot of time, practice and dedication. But with the right preparation and tools, you can make it a positive experience for you and your child.

I hope these tips are helpful to anyone experiencing similar challenges. Remember, you're not alone, and there are always ways to make the process easier!

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