what would you do?

by @according2kelly on June 24, 2008

recently, the boys & i were out and about. we were just about to cross our final “to-do” off the list as we entered joanne fabrics to pick up a few things. about half-way through the shopping adventure gavin proudly announces that he has to go potty (we’ve been working on this potty-training thing, & i think we finally have it down). usually when he makes a big announcement like this, it means it’s coming & it’s coming fast. so i quickly scuttled about, trying to find the restroom. unfortunately, i soon learned that the restrooms were out of order. so we packed up & headed to the cashier. as we started walking out to the car, gavin says “mom, i really gotta go, now.” i glance around, & realize there’s no other options in sight… not even a gas station or fast food restaurant. so what’s a mom to do? one newly potty trained child practically about to burst, & no relief in sight! what would you do?

29 comments
Shannon&Eli
Shannon&Eli

take my son outside and let him pee in the street...yes i have done it...open your two car doors put him in the middle facing the car and you stand behind him...no one can see...

Chloe
Chloe

I'm not proud of it...but my son has peed in many a parking lot in his short 2 potty trained years. Often on the wheels of our own car. Because you know what? The kid needs to go!

the mama monster
the mama monster

i would let him so outside. but watch out, once they know they can do that they will start pulling their pants down at every chance they get! just don't let him do it standing in line at disneyland because you don't want to lose your place... ( we really saw that once!)

KJ
KJ

a discreet corner outside...

Ashlee
Ashlee

The beauty of having boys is that they don't need a toilet. I know that's gross...but if you've ever been stuck on the freeway with the next rest area 100 miles away and the wee one is dying from having to go potty...the only thing you can do is pull over and let them wizz on the side of the road. {Am I sounding really redneck here?}

Wendi
Wendi

Find the closest bush!Or you could use the "diaper urinal".My friend McMommy over at "The MCMommy Chronicles" came up with the concept and the name.(I simply must give her the credit)You just keep a diaper handy at all times. When the bathrooms are out-of-order or when the bathrooms are just not clean enough, or when there is just no time to waste... you just hold the diaper over them and say, "pee". Very portable. Durable. And you can throw it away when you are finished. "Diaper Urinal". Laugh now. You will thank me later.

acte gratuit
acte gratuit

Let him pee under the car. I've done it before. I'll do it again. Sometimes it's more discreet then hudling around a tree. Sometimes there are no trees. Just teach your kids not to pick things up that they drop in parking lots.

swisskiwis
swisskiwis

find a tree.Or open the car door (to hide the child), and have him pee in a green spot somewhere).It's the barbarian European in me ;)

allie
allie

I know this will happen to me in the days to come with my little potty trainer. I'm glad that the majority say to go for it outside, what else can you do?

Marilee
Marilee

It seems the Joann store in NP had a bathroom that was always out of order too. What's with that? Did Gavin go in the bushes. THAt is one great thing about living in the country, lots of bushes for the boys!

Traci
Traci

Let him go in nature! My friend is currently potty-training her almost 3 year old girl and when that girl says I gotta go and they are outside, like we were at a park the other day, my friend just whipped down her girls pants held her and had her pee on the grass. What are you suppose to do sometimes! I am with you! Keep up the good work!

momof3crazykids
momof3crazykids

You wouldn't believe how many times I have let my youngest, 5 years old, go on the grass in the parking lot, or where ever, just because he still does the I have to go potty at the last minute all the time.

Em
Em

If it is #1 only and noone was around, I'd let him go in the nearest plants! : ) Yeah, I can't believe I'm actually typing this. ha ha. I did carry a portapotty in my car w/ Sydney...never did w/ Gavin. I would put a diaper on him or let him go in a cup as another option. What did you do?? : )

Tamra
Tamra

I'm like Leslie and keep a little potty seat in the car. With three little girls it works better. We've tried the pee on the side of the road thing once or twice and my girls just can't get the hang of it.

Shannon
Shannon

Teach him how to pee standing (if he doesn't already know) and find a place outside! What did you do?

kathryn
kathryn

find a bush or tree... i've even had to do that with maggie a couple of times (not as easy, i'm sure). or i'll quickly stick one of Cash's diapers on her... but then she kind of gets confused because i'm pretty much telling her to wet her pants. isn't motherhood exciting?

Marla
Marla

My friend has a fabulous potty "kit" for her car...a bag with extra clothes, underwear, plastic bags, carpet cleaner, everything you can think of. And she found the best travel potty....it is tiny, it correctly angled, anyone can use it, and you line it with a diaper, then throw it out. When I am ready to train the little guy, I will try to be so prepared. But, hey, it is just a little guy...find the nearest bush!

Shelly G & Hope P
Shelly G & Hope P

I agree... I would have found a bush... When my oldest daughter was little she "always" had to go... part of the problem was she was curious and wanted to see what the bathrooms looked like... so I I put a coffee can in the back of the car with a roll of toilet paper inside... so I could just pull out the T.P. and have her go in the coffee can... it took the stress out of emergencies... plus it cut down on her "need" to go... Now there are wonderful plastic coffee cans with sealing lids... imagine the possibilities :)~

J & H Larson
J & H Larson

find a bush! or pee on a wall and tell anyone that walks by and glares that the toilets are not working and that the only other option was for him to go in his pants- don't judge me! Besides, most people going to JoAnnes are parents- I hope they would understand the dilemma.

Becky
Becky

I've been there! I'm glad I'm not alone in saying that I would just tell him to go in a bush hidden out of sight. In fact, I have told my son to do that, but he refused and ended up just wetting his pants. Much better! I really like the idea of keeping a potty seat in your car!

i'm kelly
i'm kelly

i obviously wasn't nearly as prepared as leslie. so i did the only thing i could, found a bush & told him to aim & shoot. i'm glad to hear i'm not the only one who would handle it in this manner!

Amy
Amy

Poor guy, you don't want him to have an accident, especially while he's new to all of this. So I agree- a boy's gotta do what a boy's gotta do. (and thank goodness boys are lucky that way)What'd you do?

Kara Jayne
Kara Jayne

Nature meets nature...it's all about the trees and bushes!! Any other Mom will understand!!

Casey
Casey

aww poor guy! I'd totally let him go outside

Chelsey
Chelsey

Block him and let him go behind a bush! Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do! But let him know it's not okay do do it all the time! It's better then having him pee in the car!

Jen
Jen

find a tree or a bush. really. EVERY mom of a boy had allowed it...and i promise you, he won't grow up peeing on every tree, bush or weed in the great outdoors. it really is one of the awesome advantages to having boys. their plumming makes for easy pit-stops & bathroom emergencies.anxious to hear what YOU did! no judgement over here...whatever you did.

April
April

He's a boy, so he's lucky and he needs to go, I would totally just let him go somewhere outside. He doesn't understand and know how to hold it. Poor guy.

Leslie
Leslie

i keep a little potty seat in my car for just this reason (and because i hate public restrooms!) i just found a really cute, really small one at ikea the other day for about $3. miles will train later this year, it's ready to go.and, this may be tmi, but a few times, an empty water bottle has come in handy for parker's potty needs. eek! this only works for boys. ok i'm done with the potty talk, but you asked!! :)

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