TALES FROM THE POTTY - PUBLIC RESTROOMS
While I am anxious about the day when my son finally sheds the security of diapers, I am very apprehensive about subjecting him to public restrooms or port-o-potties. Personally, I use the “hover technique” when I use public facilities especially those that appear to not have been cleaned fastidiously, and my foot to flush. With all my practice, I'm pretty darn good at it. This technique does help limit the contact between self and unsanitary conditions (and to appease my mind a bit). But, how can this be achieved when you’re just a wee little person, especially one that needs help, and one that cannot hover, or likes to grab onto the seat? Ew, just the thought of his little fingers touching the toilet sends shivers up my spine. Blech!
Further, how do you handle outings solo with two kids in tow? Most restrooms are barely big enough to fit one adult, but with the whole family along, someone's bound to accidently touch a surface that's not been cleaned so well. It makes perfect sense to try to go potty before leaving the house, but I'm certain that we will need to use a public restroom at some point in the future. I'm all about options and figuring out alternatives. So here's a few ideas I've come up with (while not all would work or apply to every type of outing scenario and it seems like a dismally short list of options).
- Leave a potty seat in the back of the car. Better to go in your own potty than in a dirty public bathroom.
- Find a nice bush outside for #1 situations. I see this happening all the time at the playground.
- Lay down plenty of toilet paper and make sure to wash hands thoroughly after going.
Perhaps I'm being paranoid, but just to humor this mama, any suggestions?
Technocrati tags: potty-training