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I have a few friends heading to Disneyland with newly potty trained toddlers, so I thought it might be fun to take a look back at our first trip after we started potty training the Goof and share some tips for Disney During Potty Training.
Disney takes a lot of planning with kids. I thought I planned a lot with a baby, and a new toddler, I was wrong. Planning a trip with a newly potty-trained toddler has probably been the trip that took the most preparation yet. So here I am to help you learn from my mistakes, and my triumphs, and give you some tips on going to the parks with a toddler who doesn’t 100% have that potty thing down yet.
The biggest thing you need to do to prepare for Disney during potty training is learn where all the bathrooms are and where the baby centers are. The baby care centers have toddler size toilets in them and toddlers love them. Knowing where the closest (or 2 closest) bathrooms are at any given moment is key. If you are a parent you know when a potty training toddler says they need to go, it means they need to go soon. Most can not hold it very long. Knowing where bathrooms are can also help you plan out your day, or at least your next few hours. Do a few rides that are on the way to a bathroom, have a potty break, and then continue on the rides that are after the bathroom.
Bring lots of back up clothes and ziploc/plastic bags. How many depends on how long your toddler has been potty training/trained. The Goof had not had accidents in month, and we brought 2 sets of backup clothing for the day and then his night time clothing. We had one day with 2 accidents…well one accident and then we got soaked on Pirates of the Caribbean, so we needed both sets. Ziploc bags are great for keeping the clean clothes in. You can easily grab them to run into the bathroom. Take the clean clothes out and put the dirty ones in. (See our 10 reasons to take Ziploc bags here)
Lots of potty breaks! This one is pretty obvious, but it can be easy to forget to stop, even when you know you have a potty training toddler with you. Depending on wait times, and what your toddlers ability to wait is, you will probably want to go potty every 3-4 rides (or at least once every 2 hours).
Sticky notes can keep toilets from flushing. Disney has auto-flush toilets in most of the restrooms. Some children find this scary. A sticky note over the sensor will keep the toilet from flushing while the child is still on the toilet. Also great if your toddler doesn’t like the noise of the flush. You can use it so they have time to cover their ears before you let it flush.
Consider training underwear. We never used pull-ups, etc. We used cloth trainers when we thought we might need a little extra something. Our cloth trainers had been packed up for a few months, but we got them out again for Disneyland. If your toddler is past the pull-up stage, but you want a little extra protection, consider getting Cloth Trainers. They don’t stop a huge accident, but they can help save the shorts/pants for a minor accident.
Reward your child for accident-free days, asking to go potty, etc. If you used a reward system to potty train, consider bringing it back for the trip. If your child wants something from the parks, maybe make it a reward for no accidents one day. If your child asks to go potty, praise/thank them for letting you know. It doesn’t have to be anything huge, and you would be shocked how happy it makes them that you just acknowledged that they did a good job with going potty that day. It does not have to be something that costs money either. Your words, or maybe even letting them choose the last ride of the night.
Be sure they stay hydrated. It is easy to try and limit your toddlers water intake because you want to avoid accidents when at Disney during potty training. Or maybe you just have a toddler that it takes a lot to get them to drink anyways (like ours). Either way, please be sure your child drinks plenty of fluids while in the parks. Even with us pushing a lot of fluids on the Goof, we are pretty sure he got a little dehydrated this last trip. And this tip is good for kids of all ages. Be sure they are drinking plenty of fluids, especially water.
Piddle Pads! (affiliate link) I would suggest lining strollers and car seats with a piddle pad. Normally we don’t line our strollers, but we rented one for Disney, and even if we hadn’t rented, we would have lined our stroller. That way if there is an accident, at least the stroller isn’t wet.
We had a lot of fun during our vacation, and while our son had a few accidents, he did extremely well in our opinion. Do you have any additional tips? Post them in the comments.