Archive for May, 2009

Make your own Very Portable Potty System – VPPS

May 1, 2009
How to make your own VPPS – very portable potty system – for use for babies and small children on the go.

Since I first posted details of how I made our own very portable potty system for use when we were away from home, many people have asked for it again.

So here it is… (originally posted on the Elimination Communication list at Yahoogroups).

I developed a very portable potty system (VPPS!) for use with my DD when we were out and about, including on planes (longest flight leg was 12 hours) and buses (longest trip was 16 hours). In a plastic bag I had a face-washer (small towelling square), a small container (500 ml margarine) and a 375 ml screw top (plastic) jar. The jar fitted inside the container when not in use.

The sunglasses in the following picture are just for an indication of scale!

When I thought it was time for DD to need to use the potty, I would just take VPPS out of my bag, sit down where ever we were (gutter, park bench, seat in the shopping centre, seat at the bus stop etc etc), place the container between my thighs, pull DD’s pants down and hold her in position over the container. I cued her and she went.

It took a little practice to get the right angle of the container so that it didn’t spill forward onto my legs 🙂 Then, when she was finished I stood her up beside me, pulling up her panties and pants at the same time. I held tightly to the container with my legs at this stage. Then when she was stable I tipped the contents of the container into the screwtop jar, put its lid on, wrapped it in the face-washer in case of any leakage, pop it all back in the plastic bag and off we went. I emptied it when I had the opportunity.

It seems complicated when I write it out like this, but using this system took us very little time. It was discreet enough to use while we were travelling in Turkey on public transport and even while waiting in Singapore’s Changi Airport.

We used this system from the time that DD was about 7 months old and I got brave enough to take her out of nappies when we were out of the house. Its final use was during another long overseas trip when my daughter was 23-25 months old. She reliably told me in advance of her need to use the toilet from the day we left on that trip, so after our return home I retired the VPPS and since then we have always used either public toilets or the road verge or similar places in an “emergency”.