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How can I prepare my toddler for using a public restroom during potty training?

Hi everyone,

I am a first-time mom and currently in the midst of potty training my 2-year-old toddler. We have been successful at home with using the potty, but I am starting to worry about how to handle public restrooms when we are out and about. I am a bit nervous about how my toddler will react to using a different toilet outside of our home and want to make sure I am properly preparing him for this.

So, I was wondering if any experienced parents out there have any tips or tricks on how to prepare toddlers for using public restrooms during potty training? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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I had a unique experience when it came to potty training my son in public restrooms because he had an issue with the automatic flushing toilets. Every time the toilet automatically flushed while he was sitting, he became terrified and didn't want to use the restroom anymore.

To overcome this problem, I started carrying post-it notes with me every time we went out. Before he sat on the toilet, I would put the post-it note over the sensor so that the toilet wouldn't flush and cause distress for my son. This is also when I taught him how to flush the toilet by pressing the button.

As we went along, we transitioned to using disposable toilet seat covers to create a physical barrier between him and the toilet, and we'd always make sure to carry antibacterial wipes along with us to sanitize the area before he sat. I also made it a point to inform him that the same process of cleaning the toilet before use is important even when we're using our home restroom.

These steps helped us make significant progress in making my son more comfortable with using public restrooms during the potty training process.


Hi there!

I went through this same situation with my daughter a few months ago, and it was definitely a learning experience. My best piece of advice would be to start by introducing your toddler to public restrooms slowly. You can start by taking them into the bathroom with you so they can get used to the environment and what it's like to use a different toilet.

Another tip that worked well for me was to bring a small portable potty seat with us. This allowed my daughter to use a toilet that was more familiar to her, and we didn't have to worry about her falling in or being scared of a larger toilet.

I also made sure to have a few distractions on hand, like a favorite toy or book, to keep her occupied while we were in the restroom. This helped to keep her mind off of any anxiety she may have been feeling about the situation.

Lastly, don't forget to pack plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer! Public restrooms can be pretty germy, so keeping everything clean and hygienic is super important.

Best of luck with your potty training journey!



I had to take my toddler to use public restrooms a lot during potty training due to our busy schedule. What worked for me was to plan for our outings and make sure I knew where the restrooms were before going out. Thoroughly explaining and demonstrating what we were going to do in the public restrooms beforehand helped my toddler gain an understanding of what to expect.

In addition to that, I made sure that my toddler was comfortable with disposable toilet seat covers or toilet paper as a protective barrier on public restroom toilets. I also used disposable potty liners on public restroom surfaces to eliminate any contact with germs.

More importantly, I tried to make the trip to the public restroom a positive experience by congratulating my toddler after each successful trip. I also carried favorite toddler-friendly soap or hand sanitizer to maintain good hygiene habits.

These tips made the journey of potty training in public restrooms smoother for both my toddler and me.


Hi there,

I went through the same dilemma during my daughter's potty training phase as she was afraid of large toilets found in public restrooms. What worked for me was to carry a foldable portable potty with me when we went out. This way, she was comfortable using a familiar potty seat instead of big unfamiliar toilets in public restrooms.

I also showed her how to flush the toilet, how to properly wash hands and use the hand dryer or paper towel dispenser in the restroom, which helped ease her anxiety.

In addition, I made sure to take regular breaks and make a quick trip to the restroom even if she didn't need to go, so she could get used to the environment and become more comfortable with the idea of using public restrooms while potty training.

Lastly, I found offering a small incentive such as a sticker or treat after each successful trip to the restroom helped to motivate my daughter to use public restrooms during potty training.

I hope these tips help you and your toddler become more comfortable with using public restrooms during potty training!

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