Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Feb 9, 2009
    Chelsey from ID Asked

    We will be traveling with our potty training toddler and discovered the other day she will not go when we hold her over a toilet. I have seen travel toddler potty seats that fold up. Has anyone had success with these? Do they work with WDW toilet seats?

    When my girls were in their toddler years we always used folding potty seats when we traveled. The seat folds up to be about the size of a hardcover book, only lighter. I kept one in my backpack in the parks and whenever needed we just used it at the nearest restroom. I might practice with it at home, so your daughter is not spooked at WDW, but it always worked perfectly for my kids. I just did a little Amazon.com search and found several models for sale for approximately $10.

    You should also know that there are child-sized toilets in the WDW baby care centers. These are a fabulous resource, but your challenge with using this as a bathroom choice is that there is only one baby care center at each park. I know from experience that during the potty training phase, nature can't always wait for you to walk for 10 minutes to the right bathroom. Yet another reason why the folding seat is so great.

    Another bathroom challenge I've heard from many parents of younger children is the issue of self-flushing toilets. MANY of the bathrooms in the theme parks and restaurants have a motion-activated self-flushing mechanism. With a toddler's tiny, wiggly body on the seat, the flush mechanisms are sometimes overzealous and flush while the child is still on the toilet. This has been known to terrify some kids more than any trip on a rollercoaster would. A way to overcome this would be to travel with a pad of Post-Its or a roll of masking or painter's tape and place it lightly over the motion sensor before your child sits down. Thus, no unexpected flushing. Just remember to discard the tape or paper when you're done.


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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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