Anonymous

How do you go to the bathroom when you're alone with a baby at a public restroom?

I'm going on a 20-hour road trip next month alone with my baby. If your car seat isn't the kind you can carry with a handle, where do you put the baby when you are in a store or stop at a gas station/rest stop to use the restroom? At home, I can put him in the crib, swing, etc. Mine is almost 8 months old so he can sit up but I don't want to let him sit on the floor and I'm too fat to hold him on my lap and manage to use the restroom at the same time like a normal person.

  • Seani
    Jul 19

    My Ergo carrier was a life saver for moments like this. My little one and I went on a lot of flights with just the two of us. That tiny stall thought it was going to win but this mama showed it 😜

  • Enid
    Jul 19

    If there’s a changing table just strap em in! I did that. I buckled my son in so I could pee

  • Nicki
    Jul 19

    Pack and Wear a carrier 🙌🏻

  • Elle
    Jul 19

    Use an extra changing pad as a mat for him to sit on?

  • Mia
    Jul 19

    The Babykeeper https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MPZRK1U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_SwtuBbPXJ7AN3 Baby Change-N-Go: The Hanging, Portable Baby Changing Table and On the Go Travel Changing Station (Black) (Mom’s Choice Awards Recipient) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NBP5MJ7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_jytuBb7WBMH0E

  • Marjorie
    Jul 19

    I had two littles with me on a road trip and I had to pee in a cup 🤦🏽‍♀️

  • Katrina
    Jul 19

    I always wore my little one in a carrier

  • Gretchen
    Jul 19

    stroller , carrier or shopping cart

  • Tara
    Jul 19

    Stroller. Please don’t leave him on the changing table, as someone suggested. Even strapped in. Not Safe if he’s older and rolls.

  • Maria
    Jul 19

    Carrier or sitting on my lap. I’ve even done this at home when there was a perfectly usable swing... 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • Shoshana
    Jul 19

    There are sometimes family restrooms at rest stops and they have enough room for a stroller, that's what I do when I travel alone with my 3 kids

  • Anonymous
    Jul 19

    I baby wear. Also I have a pstyle and for long road trips I just pee on the side of a secluded road, like a dude. The family restroom with a stroller sounds good, but how will you know in advance which gas stations will have a proper sized restroom?!

  • Lisa
    Jul 20

    Take an umbrella stroller with you, place him in that and roll into the bathroom... umbrella will save space in the stall as well as the car!!

  • Erin
    Jul 20

    As a new mom, with a baby just learning to walk, I had to make an emergency potty stop in Bed Bath & Beyond. A woman came in right behind me and as soon as her pants hit the floor, my baby CRAWLED UNDER the stall to say, “Hi! Hi!” I was mortified! She was so awesome about it though. 😳😩😂💕

  • Erin
    Jul 20

    Sorry, I didn’t offer any wisdom on this one. 😊

  • Jenn
    Jul 20

    In order of preference, here's what I've done: Stroller Baby wear Hold her awkwardly Floor (no one died, I swear)

  • Melanie
    Jul 22

    Baby carrier, stoller until they could walk. I always kept an umbrella stroller in my car. It's light, compact and doesn't take up a lot of room.

  • Angie
    Jul 23

    Take the child into place with him in a stroller. Best bet. I LOVE the restrooms that have a baby seat adhered to the wall that you can buckle them into but they are far and few between sadly.

  • Hope
    Jul 31

    I had my twins on my lap. Otherwise stroller in the handicap stall. 1 second the don't leave the baby on the changing table. You don't know if the changing table will fall. I've seen it happen or if the kid will roll off even if strapped.

  • Lauren
    Nov 16

    I try to stop a kwik Trips since they have a baby seat in most changing stalls. If that isn’t the case I held him when I went as a little baby. But now I use our changing mat on our Tactical Baby Gear Daypack and he sits there while I go. It’s not ideal but I works well and the mat prevents him from touching the floor. I have a smaller car so always having a stroller isn’t an option.