Subway "Potty Time" on the Way to the Park Slope Food Coop
This blog item manages to blend two hot button topics--the Park Slope Food Coop and having one's child "go potty" on the subway. (We've previously covered the topic of them going potty on trees in Park Slope.) This blog post was written by an Upper West Side mom taking her son with her to the Park Slope Food Coop. It is on her blog, Diaper Free Adventures. We present key excerpts:
On Thursdays I take my son to the food co-op. This is an hour train ride from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Park Slope, Brooklyn. This past Thursday I left my apartment early in the morning with my son sleeping quietly in his carrier and a rickety shopping cart in tow.Okay, so it's really cute that he's only five months and doing this, but would going pee-pee in his diedy on the train have been a better option? We don't know the answer, but it's an interesting question, indeed.
There were about six other people on the train, all of whom were nodding off or playing Solitare or Tetris on the cell phones. I was sitting in the corner comfortably taking up two seats...I took his potty out of the plastic bag hanging from my bookbag, put it on my lap and took off his diaper. There he was...my son half naked on the 2 train speeding beneath Brooklyn streets. A far cry from being in at home or in a park. I sat him on the potty and made my cueing sound, "pssssss."
I looked to my right, not one person was looking at us. "Psssssss," I said into his hear.
He leaned forward, bounced his right leg up and down against the potty and after a few minutes did a good sized pee-pee. Again, I looked to see if anyone was looking, but not one person stirred. I later told my hudband that in New York you have to rely on the fact that many people are too self-absorbed to notice you...even if your 5 month old son is peeing in a bright red potty just a few feet away!