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Using public bathrooms with kids

April 3, 2016

We all know the drill…..as soon as we go into a store the kids have to use the potty. When one has to use it…all of them have to use it. I dread going to public bathrooms but when kids are involved…it can be a nightmare. I won’t lie….I had a potty in my car up until my daughter turned 6 (I took it out last year) I loved my potty in the car. I used the same potty I trained her on and just took the actual potty and put it in the car. I had my wipes and cleaning supplies in the car with me to clean up + a bottle of water to rinse. I was not about to go into public restrooms especially if I am in a not so good area.

Since I have a son and a daughter and most of the time their with me it’s hard to navigate both of them at the same time. I do not want my 9 year old going to the bathrooms alone…to many creeps and I will catch a case. So how do I navigate the potty with both of my kids in tow? Here’s how………….

If my daughter has to use the bathroom I take my son in the bathroom with me. Most ladies are in stalls so he doesn’t see anything I make him stand outside the stall or bring him into the big stall and make him turn around while my daughter uses the bathroom. I do the same for him so when she gets off we turn around and allow him to use the bathroom. Using the bigger stall works and I normally go for that stall if I have both kids in tow.

There are times when my son is the only one that has to go. In this case I do not go into the men’s room with him. I allow him to go by himself. I tell him to not let anyone touch him and to scream if someone says anything to him. I stand by the door and he has 5 minutes or I am coming in. (I actually did that one time too he took way to long but he was on the toilet he said his tummy hurt) I was went in thinking the worse because he said he only had to pee but was relieved that he was just doing number 2.

public restrooms and kids

Here are some tips

  • try to go to nice bathrooms or stop somewhere like a department store. JcPenny has a family bathroom so if my kids have to use the potty we always go there first
  • If you are like me….put a potty in the car for the young kids. I know it’s a hassle to have something extra in the car but trust me when you are in a pinch and someone has to go….it comes in handy. Carry your spray bottle with you and keep an extra bottle of water in your car
  • If you have opposite sex kids the boy will have to go with you prepare him by making sure he closes his eyes and stands facing a wall so he doesn’t see anything
  • Make sure they are not touching anything and putting things down on the seat. My kids do wash their hands but I also have hand santizer with me for extra backups

Urge your child to go to the bathroom at home. To avoid the nightmare that is often a visit to a public bathroom with your kids, let the little ones get in the habit of using the potty before going out to decrease the likelihood of them having to use public facilities. Even if they do have to go when you’re out, it won’t be as bad if they’ve visited the potty beforehand.

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    Brenda Pace
    April 4, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Fabulous tips, gf!

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    Angelic Sinova
    April 4, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    These are great tips for using public bathrooms with kids. When my sister and I were kids, my mom always looked for the family bathrooms when were at places like malls so we could all go in together.

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    Alli Smith
    April 4, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I’m the same way! When I’ve got the 4 boys with me, I take the youngest in with me and the older grandsons are instructed to scream and run if anyone tries to touch them in the men’s room. I usually hate using public restrooms, especially when there is no hook to hang my purse. What are they thinking? Who wants to place their purse on a bathroom floor?

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    Chris Lewis
    April 4, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Great tips! Some public bathrooms can be the pits, so these tips are definitely appreciated and very good!!

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy
    April 4, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    These are great tips. We also try to use the nice department store bathrooms. They seem cleaner and better maintained. And I always keep plenty of hand sanitizer available.

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    April 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    It is so scary when kids need to use public bathrooms. You always hear such horror stories about what could go wrong. These are great tips and it seems like you handle the situation really well.

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    April 5, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Great tips! I don’t use the public bathrooms with the kids often. We don’t venture far from home but when we do, I just keep them right with me and basically everything you mentioned!

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    April 5, 2016 at 2:15 am

    I can’t to have kids some day! 🙂 Great tips!

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    April 5, 2016 at 2:59 am

    These are great tips to avoid any trouble. Automatic toilets have made public washroom visits difficult with my nieces.

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    April 5, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Love your tips. I always make sure my kids are not touching the toilet seat and always wash their hands.

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    Franc Ramon
    April 5, 2016 at 5:59 am

    It can be tough going to public toilets with kids. I guess it’s best to start on better public toilets as well as keep close watch until they get used to it.

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    Dawn gibson-thigpen
    April 5, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    girl you provided some amazing tips. some bathrooms are horrible. ugh. and there can be tons of creepy people hanging around them. thanks for sharing this.

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    April 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Awesome tips, I can not even imagine using public toilets with kids (dont have any yet) but when you’ve got to go you go.

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    Mimi Green
    April 6, 2016 at 12:33 am

    My son is 11 and 5 feet so I quit bringing him into the bathroom some time ago. If he has to go I will allow him to go alone. Depending on where we are I will let him go alone. If that is the case I time him. My daughter is 4 and she will go in the bathroom with me forever. lol The family bathrooms/single bathrooms make life much easier.

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    Stephanie Pass
    April 6, 2016 at 1:31 am

    These are great tips! I have 1 boy and 2 girls. Until he was almost a teen, he went with me to the bathroom.

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    Jasmine Watts
    April 6, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    These are such great tips you shared and we should educate kids to avoid any trouble!!

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    K. Elizabeth
    April 10, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    For the most part I try not to shop anywhere that doesn’t have a family bathroom, but son is still young enough to where he’s not able to use a public bathroom alone. We also use the big stalls and everyone just turns around while the other person uses the toilet. I keep a travel Lysol or Clorox wipes with me to wipe off the toilet seat in case someone has do a number 2 and actually needs to sit on the seat. Thankfully my son is good at using the bathroom at home. He hates using the restrooms in public places and I can’t say that I blame him.

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