It's the kind of operation that requires speed, balance and agility. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves the ability to get in and out of a public bathroom without a meltdown, some kind of fungus or soiled pants. (Feel free to hum the Mission Impossible Theme Song to get you in the mood)
1. First of all - and I cannot stress this enough - it's all about LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION! Be aware of your surroundings. Is there a coffee house near by? I'll take a coffee place over a greasy fast food joint any day of the week. Book store bathrooms are also rather nice. Department stores, libraries, hospitals - hit or miss.
2. Immediately check to see if they have paper towels or the automated hand dryers. The Boy FREAKS out at the sight of the automated hand dryers. So if I spot one - I know to divert the attention and pray to the bathroom gods no one comes in and sets it off.
3. Don't feel guilty about using the big stall. The extra room is very much needed.
4. DO NOT utter the phrase "Don't touch anything."
5. Let your kid go first. While they're going, start gathering paper for yourself. Remember - every second counts. (I usually tuck the paper in my bra strap or under my chin.)
6. Start unzipping/pulling down. You have to be ready to go as soon as your kid is done.
Does any of this sound familiar? How do you navigate public bathrooms with your kid?