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Getting 3.5 year old dressed/undressed for skiing

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ok we are a few weeks away from our ski trip and are so excited. My daughter is stoked about making snow angels, throwing snowballs at her daddy and learning how to slide on the snow.

You all have been so helpful with getting me mentally prepared on what I need to do to make it enjoyable for her, now I need a little help on the actual getting out of the door each morning.

I did a trial run with her Patagonia, fleece and snowsuit. She looks like a little tick about to pop. Although, she was happy as could be and was running around the house with her helmit and goggles on too!

So here is my major question? What do you do when they have to go potty. Silly question I know, but the poor girl was having a time getting off all those clothes by herself. Will the ski instuctors help her strip down? I know she will only actually be outside for 1-2hrs and be playing indoors the rest of the time. But what if she has to go in the middle of a lesson or if I'm sliding around with her? How is that type of situation handled? She has been potty trained for a year now and can hold it but I'm still worried. Here in Florida we don't have 3 layers to contend with.

Again thanks to all the parents and all knowing skiers who have answered my questions. You all have really given me some great pointers on things I would have never thought about before!
post #2 of 21
Well it's been a while, but from what I recall you don't have to worry about it. I'm sure the instructors have the kids go potty before they get them suited up for the great outdoors. I am equally sure that they help the kids in and out of their gear. I know mine couldn't get all his stuff on and off when he was 3.5. I started my son out at that age and the ski schools always took care of him just fine. Hopefully, you've done some research into the reputation of the kiddie program at the resort you are headed to. Where you goin'?
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks. I hope that is the case. I'm sure they see these things all the time but when I had her in the clothes my first reaction was "Oh no...she will never do this by herself."

We are going to Deer Valley and I know they have a top notch school. She will only be out skiing for an hour or so at a time, so I'm sure if they have her go before hand it won't be an issue. I just wonder what the instructors (or parents) do if the kids have a "I gotta go NOW" moment. That would be my luck. : I can just see us now..scurring to the lodge ripping off layers of clothing and mittens. Oh it will make a good story..but lets hope not!
post #4 of 21
The potty issue has been one of the challenges with teaching my daughter, now 4 1/2, how to ski. I think she ALWAYS has let me know that she needs to go right after we get off the lift. "You couldn't have told me this before we got on the lift?!?!?!" I'm starting to think its just because she likes that she gets to basically go straight down and I don't bother her so much about making turns under those conditions. I'm assuming that when she is in lessons, she must get help getting out of clothes.
post #5 of 21
Wow. No kids instructors out there willing to own up to teaching the ones that are that age?? I will, then. Yes, we take the little kids to the bathroom before we get our stuff on to go outside, both mornings and after lunch. We also go into the bathrooms with them and strip them down if they need it. I have to say, that it is awfully hard to deal with one piece outfits -- I much prefer the overalls or the plain pants.

It is always a bit tricky, of course, when you have boys in the group. Sometimes, I'll prevail upon a male instructor to take my guys while I take his girls. But, I have been known to crash the men's room, provided there are no guests around.

We also lift them up to wash their hands, get the paper towels for them, and help them wipe. Yes, we do! This is, of course, why we make the big bucks and get the big tips. Wink wink nudge nudge. Remember that, parents of little kids!
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by SkisLikeaGirl View Post
Wow. No kids instructors out there willing to own up to teaching the ones that are that age?? I will, then. Yes, we take the little kids to the bathroom before we get our stuff on to go outside, both mornings and after lunch. We also go into the bathrooms with them and strip them down if they need it. I have to say, that it is awfully hard to deal with one piece outfits -- I much prefer the overalls or the plain pants.

It is always a bit tricky, of course, when you have boys in the group. Sometimes, I'll prevail upon a male instructor to take my guys while I take his girls. But, I have been known to crash the men's room, provided there are no guests around.

We also lift them up to wash their hands, get the paper towels for them, and help them wipe. Yes, we do! This is, of course, why we make the big bucks and get the big tips. Wink wink nudge nudge. Remember that, parents of little kids!
same here except we dont enter the bathroom. We will help them strip down but no bathroom visits for me or any instructor here. company policy and i like it cause it stops lawsuits from happening.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
same here except we dont enter the bathroom. We will help them strip down but no bathroom visits for me or any instructor here. company policy and i like it cause it stops lawsuits from happening.
ditto. why do something that could inadvertently get you into trouble. If you have to go into the bathroom with children, always take a witness (adult) in with you. Lots of ski schools even block the bathroom doors open, just to avoid any possibility of accussations.
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the information instructors!

I'm sure as a children's instructor, it's a very tricky area to deal with! That is why I was asking because I had no idea. I didn't know if I needed to work on her getting out of her clothes the next few weeks or what. She is a pretty established potty trained kid so all she really needs help with is getting the multiple layers on/off.

Thanks again for all the information!
post #9 of 21
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... I have to say, that it is awfully hard to deal with one piece outfits -- I much prefer the overalls or the plain pants.
Agreed, Just for sanity's sake, I still think a 'pullup' diaper is in order (bring 3) just knowing it is there releives some anxiety (for me, of course). Have fun!
post #10 of 21
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Agreed, Just for sanity's sake, I still think a 'pullup' diaper is in order (bring 3) just knowing it is there releives some anxiety (for me, of course). Have fun!
way more common than you would think among kids. The kids that wont use the restroom all day arent camels.

Being I work at high elevation desert climate resort we take plenty off water breaks so they dont get headaches. I tell kids and adults up here there is no such thing as too much water.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Yeah I wish in this situation she would use diapers, but she has been potty trained for a year. And if I try and take her Princess Panties away and make her wear a diaper like her baby brother...well I don't want to think about that

Should I bring a change of clothes to the ski school..Just in case?

Luckily she is really into this. She asked me last night if she could put her ski clothes on. So I let her get all dressed up, eventhough it's liked 80 degrees here. She is getting better at putting stuff on and getting it off. So I figure if she wants to keep putting the gear on/off until we go, that will make it easier come potty time.
post #12 of 21
a change of clothes is a good idea. Lots of childrens' ski schools keep extra clothes, and plenty of bio-hazard bags, but, their own clothes are even better.
post #13 of 21
Didn't read all the post, but make sure you bring extra clothes for her. Trust me, you'll need them.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by SkisLikeaGirl View Post
This is, of course, why we make the big bucks and get the big tips. Wink wink nudge nudge. Remember that, parents of little kids!
They may not look/express it but they know (with the exception of the few clueless ones). Will they feel compelled to tip? That's another story. In the resort that I worked at, the answer is no.

On the other hand, when my kids are being taught, knowing how tough it can be I always tip well, even my peer workers.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Alliegator View Post
Should I bring a change of clothes to the ski school..Just in case?
Always. You would send a change of cloths to a babysitter, right? Why wouldn't you do the same at a ski school.
post #16 of 21
Speaking from my own experience, my kids tend to have less of an urge to go when they're skiing. Maybe it's the excitement. Maybe it's the colder outside temps. Maybe they don't get as much a chance to drink. Maybe it's confinement from the extra clothing. Dunno.
post #17 of 21
A decent outfit will always do their best to prevent kids wanting to go in the middle of a run. But, because of the age, it does happen. And, when one wants to go right there and then, the rest could insist on doing the same. I have run into one of these (with my young 4yo being a part of a group of 8-10 at a top notch family resort) where it turned into a total chaos. One started crying so so started the rest. There was no way that the two poor young female instructors could have handled the situation. Luckily, there were other instructors nearby and I happened to be there. We quickly tucked them all under our arms and rushed them inside. Problem solved.
post #18 of 21
I find good preperation.

1) start talking about the bathroom 1/2 hour before. Not at the last minute. Takes the stress off both of you.


2) I taught my son....drink water...Pee. He's 22 mos and in a diaper. But it works with him and I am sure it will work with a 3,4,5 yr old. Drink a full cup...wait 3 minutes then ask....do you need to use the potty? Works with me at the Drs office too.

3) for number 2...he is regular to about 20 minutes. No advice.


From an instructors point of view.....I listen, then question them ALONE--no peers. About 50% of the time, pee breaks are excuses for children not having fun. Kids having fun will pee their pants rather than stop.


Golden RULE---literally. When asked, stop. Kids are smarter than you think. After one visit to the RR and removing all of the stuff after walking in boots and missing on FUN---they will figure it out very quick,,,,as long as you give them ample warning.
post #19 of 21
One more thing in regards to kids in lessons. Any instructor worth anything has the kids go to the bathroom right before going outside to ski. (And that means after any indoor breaks, not just first thing in the morning.) Nothing ruins a kid's day skiing more than wetting their pants. And, lots of kids won't tell their instructor (especially around age 4 - 6), believing their instructor will be angry with them. (Of course, we're not angry at all; some resorts even have transportation available to pick up the kid, put them in temporary clothing, and get them back to the group.)
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by GregGaspar View Post
2) I taught my son....drink water...Pee. He's 22 mos and in a diaper. But it works with him and I am sure it will work with a 3,4,5 yr old. Drink a full cup...wait 3 minutes then ask....do you need to use the potty? Works with me at the Drs office too.
Yup, pretty much the same with all kids. But, what's not consistent is whether he/she needs to go again within a short few minutes. Say, as soon as you have him/her all dressed and just makes it outside. Or worse yet, when you have just gotten off the lift and there's no bathroom nearby.

IMHO, I don't recommended this approach. Not all kids can flush their bladders as well as yours (and mine as well) does. It's just way too risky.
post #21 of 21

BUMP

 

An old thread from 2007.  But I would think that the question is still relevant for parents of 3-4 year olds who live in the southeast or Texas where there is never any need to bundle up a kid for temps in the 20s.  One advantage of introducing a kid to skiing in the southeast is that it's usually not that cold.  My only mistake on the first day of ski school for my daughter when she was four was over dressing her.  Turned out I didn't need to worry about the kid getting cold.

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