Welcome back to the exciting world of potty training. If you missed the first three articles in this series, go ahead and check out the SER Series page to catch up on what you missed so far. And now, full speed ahead. The next in line for this series was taking a bus, plane, or train with a newly potty trained child, but I am going to push that back a week because I am going to be reviewing a product (as soon as it comes in the mail) that I believe will help out in this area. So this week we will be looking at setbacks.
Once you have successfully established potty training behavior at home and when you are on outings, you feel like doing a victory dance. Go ahead, dance it out, you deserve it! You have been working hard and your consistency has begun to pay off. Pretty soon you get into the flow of not having to change diapers (Another cause for dancing? Absolutely!) and potty training no longer seems to be at the forefront of your mind.
If that explains you, then watch out, because you could have a setback coming on at any minute! But don’t worry, there are ways to guard against these setbacks that are simple and effective.
When we visited friends in Poland about 3 months after potty training Ksena, we were so excited when she made the 14 hour car and bus journey without one accident. As soon as we got to our friends’ house, where Ksena was surrounded with her friends, and we were relieved to be in our final city of destination, it happened. Ksena had an accident on our friends’ couch. It was the first one in a long time, and it could have been avoided if I had thought about the excitement we were all placing ourselves in. Ksena knew she had to go to the bathroom, but she was too busy having fun with her friends to go until it was too late. But, you can learn from my mistake!
3 Ways To Avoid A Potty Training Setback
1. Be aware of exciting and distracting events and places that distract your child from remembering to go to the bathroom.
2. Think ahead and set alarms on your phone or whatever else you have to remind you to take your child to the bathroom if you think you will be distracted. This is especially important at busy events when you are likely to be just as distracted as your child. A family reunion, a birthday party, the zoo, you get the idea. Make sure you set your alarm about every hour.
3. Pick a potty buddy. If you are with good friends or family and there is a child that is a little bit older, you can ask them to take your child to the bathroom when they go, and to encourage your child to remember to go the bathroom. This worked wonders in Poland with our daughter and our friends’ 5 year old daughter, and Ksena didn’t have anymore accidents for the rest of the 30 days we were there.