Tips for the recently potty trained child at ski school

We are in the midst of winter here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Heck, it can be winter 6 months of the year! So the conventional mindset of “Oh, I’ll just wait for summer to potty train,” doesn’t really work here because summer is just too short (and everyone wants to be playing outdoors instead of staying home to potty train).

The additional clothing of winter – layers and snowsuits – makes pottying difficult, especially for children who are recently potty trained. Children don’t always have the awareness that the need to eliminate is approaching, until the feeling is URGENT! Children also don’t want to leave the fun of outdoor play to hit the bathroom. The combination of all these factors, unfortunately, results in accidents. And accidents in the winter, while outdoors, are game changers.


This video provides 5 tips to help you and your child get through the ski season (or sledding, snowman making, ice skating seasons) with dry pants!

Please comment below to let me know how you make it through the winter with little one/s. How do you clothe your child for outdoor play? How do you potty while on the go during winter? Thanks in advance for sharing your experiences and insight!

2 thoughts on “Tips for the recently potty trained child at ski school”

  1. Kate!
    I meant to tell you when I saw you the other day that I watched this when you published it and I have been 100% leveraging the “Pee before we Ski” comment. So smart. Love your blog!!

    1. Karissa, thank you!! While on the mountain this winter, I have heard several ski instructors state, “No pee no ski.” It’s not that different than when I make my kids (even the 7-year-old) try to pee before heading out the door. Setting up routines and structure around pottying at transition times (e.g. before going out the door, upon arrival, before sleeping, upon waking) helps children move toward potty independence. ** LMK when the Iksplor wool base layers are available for purchase. I definitely want to promote them as a great back up for the potty training (or recently potty trained) child.

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