Very long title right?! I know I’m sorry I’m just not witty enough to come up with a shorter title. (love me anyway)
Ok so this is something I’ve been dying to share because I somehow feel its my obligation to help at least one poor mom/dad out there with the same problem I have always had with my little ones. I dread having to take them to a public bathroom and as much as I’ve tried to avoid it, it happens about 90% of the time we are away from home. I make sure they use the bathroom before we leave the house but sometimes they just have to go . It’s a little worse for my little girl because she has to actually sit on the toilet. It just drives me nuts. I’m not a big germaphobe but public bathrooms creep out…all the terrible scenarios that play out in my head on what you can catch at a public bathroom are scary.Seriously.
I’m going to share with you what I have learned to do to ease those unavoidable trips to the bathroom.
1. CARRY YOUR OWN DISPOSABLE TOILET SEAT COVERS*-not all bathrooms have them and honestly they are terrible. I have always done my best to clean the toilet if its wet, with toilet paper, but that cover always ends up falling through as she sits and it doesn’t cover the toilet completely since she holds herself up by putting her hands on the rim. You can buy your own disposable ones and just take them along in your diaper bag, or purse. It has been worth it and very helpful to bring my own.
Here are two great disposable covers:Pottycover toilet seat covers is long enough to cover the entire front of the toilet seat which is great for little girls to pull there or Keep Me Healthy Potty Protector cover by Classy Kid Inc that are great.
2. use paper towel provided or a small piece of toilet paper to open the door that leads out of the stalls and restroom when you leave*
3. (no brainer) but carry hand sanitizer* you can help them wash their hands but sometimes there isn’t any soap available for use. Once you exit the bathroom use a little on their hands. I always like to use Clean Well or any Babyganics hand sanitizer.
4. If you can, use the handicapped stall.* They are meant for people who need extra assistance and that’s important to remember but if the stall is empty and you are able to use it go ahead there is plenty more wiggle room for you and your child because some stalls are small. (If by some terrible circumstance a person does require the use of this stall apologize till your lips fall off)
and my last piece of wisdom for you guys: a stranger came up to me in my most desperate time of need during a terrible bathroom visit with my little one and gave some of the best advice ever (I seriously felt like the heavens opened up and God said, “Delz…don’t worry…I got you”…)
5. Trick that automatic flush sensor*** I really, really can’t stand those things sometimes, I know their purpose but they just make my job 100 times worse. It’s a mission already trying to get that toilet seat decent and getting her on it but sometimes they constantly flush making everything wet again before she even does her business and the flush is loud and it scary for a little one. The wise person I mentioned above said to just take a long strand of toilet paper and cover the sensor wrapping it around as best as you can. So simple right?!!! (I don’t know why I never thought of it)
It helps immensely and you can take it off as soon as your done.
I hope these simple tips will help make your next bathroom visit with your kiddo a little easier. Do you have any tips or tricks you might want to share I’d love to hear them!