Learning to use a potty is an important child development milestone. Most children usually start to use the potty at around 18 months but on average, the potty training age is about 27 months. According to experts, the best age to potty train your child is when they are younger. Potty training boys is completely different from girls.
Apart from their different anatomies, boys and girls usually exhibit different and gaping differences when it comes to grasping knowledge. If you want to know how you can successfully potty train your little man, outlined below are some beneficial tips, ideas, and strategies which are highly effective.
1. Make Sure He’s Ready
Even before you get them started, ensure that your young man is ready. Some of the signs that you should look out for include:
- Wearing diapers for long periods without messing them
- The ability to verbally express their needs
- Imitating other siblings or adults
- Scheduled bowel movements etc.
Note: potty training your kid when he’s not ready can be very overwhelming for them. This can greatly lower your chances of achieving success.
2. Let Him Make A Choice: To Sit or Stand During Potty Training?
From my parenting experience, I recommend sitting during the early stages of potty training. This helps to prevent unwanted messes. Additionally, it makes the whole process less stressful for both of you. This is where the anatomical difference comes in. Teach your boy to tuck his penis while they are sitting on the potty to avoid messing the surrounding environment. Once they have learned to use the potty while in the sitting position, you can now teach them how to pee while standing. I find the use of colorful mini urinals at this point very helpful.
Note that it’s important to allow your little man to always make a choice, whether they want to sit or stand. Giving him freedom of choice makes the whole process comfortable and manageable.
3. Target Practice!
Yes! This is also very important. We have goals and targets to meet. Potty training shouldn’t be boring and strict. Just don’t issue commands and expect the kid to follow. Boys generally love hitting a “target”. If your boy loves peeing while standing, he should know how to hit the target. What I love about target practice is that it helps boys to quickly transition from the potty to the toilet. You might even buy a toilet seat sooner than you expect. Constantly cheer him up when he aims and shoots right inside the potty. And in case of mishaps, tell him to wait till next time. This helps to turn the whole session into an alluring game. Well, if he still can’t hit the target while peeing, get him a stool to make the magic happen.
4. Let a Man Show Him
Sometimes all we need to do is to face the challenge at hand. Parenthood isn’t easy but there is so much fun when we successfully hit milestones. Although being a mommy means that we are the ones who handle the mess most of the times, it’s also important for your partner to contribute to the training sessions. Research shows that boys take longer to learn how to use the potty when they are trained single-handedly by their moms. My partner is my boys’ role model. And there’s nothing better than when he goes to the loo with the little man and shows him how’s it’s done. Remember that kids learn by imitation hence there is no harm in letting a male figure show them how it’s correctly done because they are going to mimic it just perfectly.
5. Be Patient During Potty Training
Your little man isn’t going to succeed at first because using a potty requires skill development. Some days he might be perfect while others he might just forget. Note that issues such as sickness may also affect them. As a parent, you need to be patient. Do not make the child feel bad. Avoiding scolding him or using harsh words and do not get frustrated. Accidents are going to happen but the best thing is that you can always try again.
Generally, potty training requires dedication and patience. Your son needs motivation as well as cooperation. Ensure that you begin it only when he is ready and interested. Starting potty training when your son isn’t ready means that you will even spend more time.