Any parent will know, potty training is no easy feat, but when combined with travelling things can get even harder. If you are getting your little one into a routine, and are worried about breaking it when travelling, investing in a travel potty can make things less stressful for you and your toddler.
There's plenty of advice out there when it comes to potty training, so if you are approaching this big step, learning about the top tips for pottry training success can help. That said, whatever stage of training you find yourself in, it helps to introduce the travel potty before using it, so your little one is familiar with it before you need it.
How to potty train when out and about
According to potty training expert Amanda Jenner, a common mistake a lot of parents make when potty training is staying in for a week, "when they go out the child doesn't know what to do - they need to learn from the world go what happens when you leave the house." Take a look at these top tips for potty training on the go:
- Take a potty everywhere - either buy a travel potty, or pack up the one you're using at home - don't expect your little one to sit on a public toilet.
- Make sure everyone who looks after your child when they are not at home, for example nursery teachers, child minders, grandparents are informed about your potty training plan and what you expect - communication is key.
- Keep giving your little one reminders when out and about - you might be doing it at home, but try and ask your tot if he needs a wee every 20 minutes or so.
- Remember everything is easier at home - when a child feels confident using the potty at home is different to when they feel confident out of the house. Stick to your rotuine and get support where you can.
The best travel potties on the market
Take a look at our list of the best travel potties to keep your little one happy on holiday, before graduating to the big seat.
The clever little Carry Potty has been designed with little ones in mind - they will love the fun animal design, which makes potty training more fun. Lightweight and portable, this clever potty is perfect for keeping at home, in the car, or on the move. Featuring an integrated handle and a twist button for easy opening, the bowl has a splash guard, and once sealed, it's leak proof and odour proof.
We love how this product makes potty training exciting and potty training on the move a breeze. Highly recommend!
The best travel potty for attaching to toilet seats: Potette Plus 2-in-1 Travel Potty, £19.95, Amazon
This 2-in-1 potty means you can convert your regular home potty into a travel one when on the move. The hinge mechanism means it can stand alone as a potty or be converted to the top of a toilet when you're on-the-go. It has a non-slip base for extra security, and can be used with Polette Plus disposable or reusable liners.
The plastic potty is easy to wipe clean, and it's a convenient little product being able to attach it to the top of the toilet when your little one is ready. That said, it can be a little messy and expensive buying the potty liners.
With a high moulded back and sides, this soft seat prevents any splashing and provides comfort for your baby when they go to the toilet. While the foam is durable and secure, it's also super lightweight making it perfect to use as a travel potty when you are on the go.
This is also a good choice for little boys, as often urine guards can touch the penis when sitting on the potty, which can be uncomfortable and stop your little one from wanting to use the potty. Easy to clean and affordable, this could be a great potty training tool.
Thousands of parents swear by this as both an at home and on the move potty. It's compact and lightweight, making it useful for travel while also giving your little one all the comfort of their at-home potty. With a removable basin for easy cleaning, a high back for support and a splash guard to prevent spills, this little potty is a good investment.
The best travel potty for packing in the baby bag: OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty for Travel, £20.00, Amazon
This potty is particularly useful for any on-the-go emergencies, with legs that open quickly and easily lock into place. It's small enough to be easily transported, it fits onto most toilets and it comes with disposable bags, absorption pads and a travel bag.
With soft, easy clean surfaces and a lightweight structure, it's the perfect affordable holiday potty, however it only comes with three disposible bags and buying extra can be expensive.
This multi-award winning potty has an innovative design perfect for making potty training cleaner and easier. With a unique pouring duct and handle, you can dispose of any contents easily making it great for travelling and disposal on-the-go. It's sturdiness and larger seat makes it comfortable for growing toddlers.
This is a good option if your little one is finding it difficult to potty train on-the-go - why not take their home potty with you?
This super handy potty seat is great for on-the-go. You'll still have to find a toilet to use it, but it's foldable feature makes it easy to pop into a bag and keep close. With 4.5 stars on Amazon, it's highly recommended by parents for both at home and travel use. It's also great for parents who don't want their little ones sitting on public toilets, preventing the spread of germs. Made from environmentally friendly material, this little seat is a great option.
The downsides? It's not great if you're stuck in a traffic jam and your little one needs a wee...
A handy one to keep in the boot of your car, or even your handbag, if you're looking for a potty to help avoid those little accidents, but don't want to be carrying a full sized potty around with you, this potty is lightweight, small and biodegradable.