Mom And Son On Run
  • On Mar 22, 2008
    Amy from FL Asked

    my 3 1/2 son says he is scared when he goes in public bathrooms. he still has some accidents too! any suggestions on making this fun and easy!

    Fearful of self-flushing toilets? Bring small post-it notes and stick one over the sensor before your son enters the stall. Just remember to throw your post-it away before you leave.

    I would recommend the Baby Care Centers.
    There is one in each park. They have small size potties that do not automatically flush. You may want to have your son forewarn you before his bladder reaches emergency mode, in case you are far away from the Center. You could practice this at home. Ask him when he heads to the rest room if he just has to go or if it is an emergency, until he is able to tell the difference. At school, the children in my son’s class have to give the teacher a “thumbs up” sign when they need to be excused to use the restroom. Perhaps your son would have fun getting your attention for a potty trip using this method.

    Maybe the privacy of a companion restroom would better suit your son. These restrooms are larger than the average stall and would permit a parent to help easier. You will find companion restrooms indicated on your park map.

    Arrange potty breaks before long waits in lines, before or after meals, before boarding a bus, etc. Establish restroom routines while out in your home town. Our son knows that when we travel via car and stop for a rest room break that everyone must at least try. Do what works best for you and your child.

    Before your trip, arrange a goal for your son. Tell him that every time he does x amount of successful potty trips, that he’ll get a sticker, get to watch a few minutes of a Disney cartoon at the Baby Care Center, get to pick the next activity, or get a high five. Only you know what inspires your child. You may want to discuss what you mean by a successful potty trip. Do you expect no crying, no whining or good cooperation? You decide!

    Don’t make a big deal out of it. Keep it simple, fun and easy!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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