Tips on Potty Training Boys
Potty Training is a fun and difficult time for every family. You will often hear people say that potty training girls is easier. In all honesty, potty training is different for every child and every family. Your child might take some time to start potty training, and that is perfectly fine. I often lament on the fact that I live in a household of boys and its true. In fact until my daughter was born 4 months ago there hasnt been a girl born in my family for 11 years. And all my friends have boys. So I honestly dont know if potty training girls is easier than boys yet but here are some tips for potty training boys in the meantime.
1. Familiarize Your Son With The Potty – If your little boy is not familiar with the potty or potty chair, you will want to get them familiar with it. Some people start their son directly on the potty standing up. Other families choose to start their son on a potty chair sitting down. Regardless of the type of potty that your son will be using, they will need to be familiar with it.
2. Start Small – Boys often are perfectly fine peeing on the potty either standing up or sitting down. The biggest struggle is often pooping on the potty. If your son is content with peeing on the potty, that is a great start! Follow your sons lead and go with it!
3. Remember to Praise – Accidents will happen during potty training with your son. When your son tells you that he needs to potty, remember to praise him for telling you. You also should praise your child when they use the potty. Using positive reinforcement will build their encouragement and excitement about potty training.
4. Keep a Schedule – While potty training, your son does not have a set timer. As the parent, you will need to help the child remember to go and use the potty. Set a timer with your phone or a standard kitchen timer to help you remind the child to use the potty. Parents being forgetful can cause your son to lose interest in potty training. Help keep you both on track by using a schedule.
5. Transition to the Big Potty – This can prove to be a difficult task to transition your son to the big potty in some families. You can help your child in several ways. Using a small step stool will help your son reach the potty to stand and pee. Sometimes little boys do not have perfect aim. You can use a cereal to help improve their aim as they learn to use the big potty. Toss a piece of cereal into the bowl of the toilet and tell your son to aim at the cereal.
As you and your son move through the potty training stage, remember that it is a process for both of you. You are learning to help your son and he is learning multiple new things at one time. Remember to use positive reinforcement and excitement during the potty training time. Your journey will move at your son’s pace and that is perfect for your son.