Yeah, potty training while traveling can be rough. It may be better to wait. You can keep a potty on hand and mention it to him form time to time, let him try using it if he wants, but no stress.
Underwear can be an incentive to get a kid to use the potty. I honestly think it's what's going to get our kid out of diapers- he's a bit annoyed that he can't wear big kid undies and tried using the potty after I explained he could only wear them if he pees/poos on the potty.
Originally Posted by BushMama83
He hates diaper changes though, especially after pooing. It is a long negotiation usually ending in tears to get a dirty diaper off him. I don't understand that. He is not at all bothered by a soiled diaper.
It's a side effect of diapers that a lot of adults forget- all he's known his whole life is having his waste snuggled up next to him. A warm, comforting feeling. To us, it's disgusting- but if you're entire life you've been wrapped in a diaper and been accustomed to the feeling of your waste on your skin, that's
what's comfortable. There are kids who actually say they like
the feeling of pee and poo in their diaper. He might even say it as well. I imagine at some point that leaving him in it, he'll start getting uncomfortable enough to ask (it will cause a rash)- but I'm not suggesting you wait for that!
Reading might be a good idea. I've seen a few books that help remind us what diapers vs potty are like for kids, which can make it easier to approach it. Potties can be scary to use. Diapers are basically the ultimate in privacy, potties can make them feel exposed. They get used to peeing/pooping with something snug against them to catch it, now we expect them to pee/poo in the open air where their waste will fall into some receptacle.
Toddlers can have a different sense of their own waste than we have. For us, it's generally something gross to be gotten rid of- for them, it's a production of their body, something that they may feel a sense of possession and even pride of, something new to explore.
If you look at it from a long-potty-trained adult's standpoint- it makes no darn sense. It's so hygienic and comfortable to use the toilet! Peeing your pants is uncomfortable and humiliating! Why WOULDN'T the kid be clamoring to get out of diapers?! You have to look at it from the perspective of a kid who's only ever known diapers.
The squatting suggestion is a good one...often this summer, if he wasn't peeing on the potty, he would come outside with me and squat around the yard. We live out in the country, with no neighbours, and we use an outhouse.