When Baby A started using the potty last spring, I managed to keep us close enough to home that we didn't have our first public potty encounter for a little over a month.
By that time, I'd procured a travel potty seat. This little gem has been fantastic. It functions similarly to the potty seat we used at home. I think it was integral in making the public potty experience as comfortable and familiar for the girls as possible, and -- knock on wood -- we haven't had any public potty hesitation.
Too, the potty seat provides a protective barrier between my girls' precious bums and the seats on those public potties. They know to put their hands on the handles, and, in using the potty seat, I don't have to worry about them accidentally falling into public potty water. Shudder.
I've faithfully carried this seat in my [still huge] diaper bag for over a year now. If we're just running to the store, I'll leave it at home, or at least leave it in the car. But for longer trips, it is securely by my side.
On our trip to North Carolina a couple of weeks ago, the potty seat accompanied me every step of the way. By Day 4, though, as we made our trek home, I was tired.
That's the longest stretch we'd ever been away from home, and I was just done...tired of being "on" every single moment...tired of cutting other people's food before eating mine, every single meal...and tired of unfolding and folding that potty seat every single trip to the potty.
I just couldn't do it anymore.
So, for our 87th trip to the potty during our mini-vacay, I walked Baby A straight to the potty. I left the enormous diaper bag with Daddy. I spread out some toilet paper for her to sit on. She did her business, seemingly unscathed, and I walked a little taller back to our table.
Our girls are 3 1/2. Baby A has been at this gig for over a year now, and B will celebrate her anniversary this fall.
I know other people don't lug around a potty seat for the duration of time.
So...how do you do it? No judgment here, I promise...I really want to know.
Do you spread toilet paper on the seat? Wipe the seat before they sit down? Make sure there are no visible traces and go for it?
Please tell me I don't have to lug around this bulbous diaper bag and folding potty seat for the duration of time!