There are parents who think that potty training boys can be a bit slower than potty training girls, and there are also parents who say it’s the other way around. It’s true that in most cases girls tend to get it right faster than boys, but at the end of the day you need to realize that every child is unique in his or her own way and he or she should be potty trained accordingly.
The more involved you are in your son’s daily routines and learning activities, the easier it will be for you to figure out what works best when it comes to training him on using the potty.
When it comes to toilet training their son, the most frequently asked questions for parents are: “Should I potty train my son sitting down or standing up?” and “Do boys take longer to potty train?”.
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Training my son, Where should I start?
According to some pediatricians boys take a bit longer to toilet train mostly because it’s mommy who’s doing all the training, when sometimes it’s important for a boy to just have daddy show him how it’s done. It’s also believed that girls start having a desire to be clean earlier than boys do.
When it comes to how you should potty train your son, standing up or sitting, the majority of parents who have gone through this experience with their toddler boys encourage training them sitting down in the beginning until they’ve mastered the basics.
You should encourage your son to pee standing up only after he has shown full control of his bowel and bladder muscles. This way there will be no accidents, like peeing and at the same time pooping on the floor.
As soon is your son starts peeing standing up, do “target practice”. If it’s mommy doing the training, now is the right time to get daddy to show him how to stand so that he can aim his urine stream into the toilet bowl. A fun way to this with your child is to use cereal pieces he can aim for.
It’s very common for boys to make a breakthrough with their toilet training once you give them their new big boy underwear with their favorite superhero or cartoon character on them. The reason for this is that they will not want to pee or poop on their heroes.
One of the best potty training tips for boys you can get is to definitelly have a reward system set in place. What works exceptionally well with boys are stickers. The trick here is to decorate their outfit with a sticker, just like a military jacket would look like and then let him show off to daddy and to other family members.
Potty training tips for boys between 2 and 3 years of age
Children of age 2 and slightly older are more open to learning, in fact this is probably the best time to try the 3 day potty training method, since this is when it will be most effective.
Toilet training boys between 2 and 3 years becomes a lot easier and less stressful if before this period you prepare your son by taking him to the bathroom and telling him stories of how big boys use the potty to pee and poop, just like mommy and daddy use the toilet.
At this point in their life, boys and girls as well will imitate their parents, so it would be a good idea to leave the bathroom open when you’re using the toilet. Eventually the child will come in and imitate you by pulling down his diaper and maybe even sit on the potty all by his own.
Parents are still very surprised, seeign how easily 2 year old boys learn to pee and poop in the potty successfully. There is even a good chance that they’ll pee standing up without any problems right from the beginning.
Even at this age, rewarding your son is still a good idea, just make sure that whatever type of reward you use, it is something he desperately wants and is instantly available to him once he’s done his part.
Toilet training tips for older boys
As your son gets older he will start to think that everything he does is his idea. What you can do is convince to sit on the potty just once and make him think it was his idea. When a toddler boy believes that it was his idea that made mommy or daddy so proud of him, it will motivate him to even more to do it again.
The older your son gets, the more factors you will have to deal with when trying to potty train him.
But it’s not all bad, boys have their unique way of suddenly learning what you thought they were ignoring.
At this stage the idea of being a “big boy” and the freedom and experiences that come with this distinction, like going to preschool or playing at the playgrounds, are far more desirable rewards then any sweets, stickers or small toys.
Reward also work well even at later stages of potty-training, for instance you can reward your son for staying dry all day, after that for staying dry all week.
Peer pressure also comes in to play at this age. When a boy in kindergarten sees that his classmates stay dry all day he will want that aswell.
Well I hope these tips have helped you. At the end of the day, showing your son how much you love him and how proud you are for each progress that he’s made is what’s important.