About the solution
Since Maya cannot sit up by herself and is not mobile, I have struggled to find a way to make this experience comfortable for her and manageable for whoever is taking her to the bathroom if I am not there. I have developed a routine for us, but your routine will vary depending on your child’s toileting capabilities. As a result, I am going to focus on items that will make your trips easier. It is still uncomfortable and requires patience and physical strength, but there are some strategies I have learned along the way.
The most important item I come armed with is my custom made fleece (with wipeable backing) oversized changing blanket. It is fabulous and has saved me a lot of stress once I found it and started using it. When my child outgrew the changing table I had no idea what to do or what other people do who have children that are unable to stand up but are using the bathroom. I used to balance my daughter on my knee, hold her in the air and try to balance myself, her, the diaper, clothing, all while making sure nothing hit the dirty floor. Now that I found a solution I don’t have to worry about all of that. If you can sew or know someone who can this is probably easy to do. I am not handy that way and so this was not an option for me.
The other item I learned to bring with me is a wet/dry bag. They are bags that have a section for items that are dry (such as a change of clothing), and they also have a section for damp/wet items such as wet and/or soiled clothing. Fabulous! I even had one made to fit on the back of Maya’s wheelchair to replace carrying a diaper bag. I highly recommend you get one to make your life easier.
Now that she has gotten older and she is less likely to fall into the toilet bowl, we go without it. We never had the perfect solution because I realized there isn’t one. We stumbled our way through until Maya was bigger (and no longer slid into the middle of the toilet), stronger, and I was better prepared.
Adapted from Michelle: http://cpdailyliving.com/using-a-public-restroom/
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