Just wondering if anyone can give me some advice. My little 22 month old boy has pretty much potty trained at home - can communicate that he needs to go, and has had only a handful of accidents since starting the process a few weeks ago. (I'm super proud of him!!)
We started him using a potty really early (like at 7 months), so he is very familiar and comfortable on it.
Our problem is with going out - he seems to have developed an aversion/fear to going on a big toilet. He had initially been ok with this, but now seems to resist it. For example, last night after his swimming lesson, he had a shower and then said "Go potty mummy?" So I took him to the toilet at the pool and popped him on - he knew to pee because he started...but then freaked out (even with me holding him) and said "no wee wee, no wee wee!!" And tried to climb off furiously (and consequently spraying wee on me). He obviously hadn't emptied his bladder properly, because we had an accident on the way home.
This week we installed a toddler seat onto our toilet at home. He was fine on it first thing this morning, but then since then has just about been in tears anytime we try to encourage him to sit on it. Just now he sat on it (I knew he needed to go, because he hadn't gone for ages, and he mentioned "go potty" as we were driving home), then climbed off (kicking) saying "no potty, no wee wee, no poop!" And brought his undies and pants back over to put on. Less than 2 minutes later, he was saying "uh-oh, go potty" with a stream running down his leg. So he is absolutely fine on the little potty, just not on a toilet.
How do we tackle this in public? I'm hesitant to use pull ups or nappy pants, as I feel like it is sending mixed messages to him - that it's ok to just wee sometimes, but not other times? I've bought a Cushie Traveller folding seat but have yet to try it.
I'm more than happy to keep using the potty at home, as I want to keep encouraging to be happy and comfortable about going, but I'm so nervous about taking him out!!