Here’s a trick I shared last spring when I was in the midst of baseball season. I thought it would be a good one to run again in honor of Works For Me Wednesday.
When you have big kids and little kids it can be a struggle taking care of everyone’s needs during sporting events. Half the time in the middle of an older kid’s baseball or soccer game, at least one of my preschoolers will need to go to the potty. The bathrooms are always a mile from the ball fields– or they’re nasty-looking porta-potties.
Last year one practice field had NO bathroom– not even a tree thicker than my 2 year old’s waist. Forcing a mom to pack all the young ones into the van in the middle of the game, drive a quarter mile to the nearest Chevron station, and take care of business there.
Unless you have my handy-dandy potty kit. It consists of the basin from under a child’s potty chair, some plastic sacks, a couple of cut-in-half diapers, and some disinfecting wipes. Here’s my trick: I put half a diaper IN the potty seat BEFORE the child uses it. Then, you see, the diaper soaks up the moisture. No sloshy liquid to spill. Nothing to dump. Just sack up the diaper, wipe down the basin with a disinfecting wipe, and sack up the wipe. Then bag up the basin for the next emergency.
Fortunately my van has a big empty space in the back AND tinted windows. So the child has perfect privacy, and WAAYYY cleaner surroundings than a porta-potty frequented by 11 year old boys….. ((shudder)).
By the time they’re old enough to object to this system, they’re also old enough to ‘hold it’ for an hour or two. So it works out perfectly. I do take the kids to the bathroom if it isn’t a mile away, but at least a couple times a season my potty kit is a real sanity-saver.
Works for me!