• Mary Carlson Pap

7 Tips for Potty Training Boys!

Teaching a boy to use the potty chair will require lots of patience and love.  Experts have weighed in on a recommended age for potty training and suggest to wait until after 2 years old.  The pressure to potty train your little boy will likely come up. Many child care centers want children to be potty trained by a certain age, but the best time to potty train your son is is between ages 2.5 to 3.5 years old. This age range is also more developmentally appropriate.

Before we get started...

1. Your son will need to demonstrate a reasonable amount of motivation and interest to start the potty training process. Cool underwear and awesome potty chairs help to motivate young kids.  Buddy dolls, such as the Potty Fairy dolls- Bud, Blossom and the Potty Fairy, are recommended to encourage them!

2. Having a role model is important for young boys too. Children learn by seeing and doing.  Having dad or an older brother show them what to do can be very helpful. The male role model can also encourage and support your son.  

3. Many parents teach their boys to use the toilet by sitting down to start and then teach them to stand soon afterwards. A strategy that makes a lot of sense is to teach your son to go to the bathroom by sitting on the toilet facing towards the toilet tank, or backwards.  Then transitioning to standing is easier.

4. For some boys the pure size of the toilet can be intimidating and can cause some anxiety. If anxiety about using the toilet occurs, many boys have been helped by using a portable urinal. It provides an appropriate height and easier for small boys to aim. Try using a sturdy step stool to get them up higher to feel more confident about getting where they need to be.

5. Boys can be very active and get busy with the activities they enjoy.  For this reason, boys will need reminders to use the potty chair. It's important to have them try every 2-3 hours. Tell them it is time to try to potty and do not ask them if they need to go. They will easily say they don't need to go so that they can continue with their play. Even potty trained boys need to be told to go rather than it being an option. Be consistent and keep at it. There will be accidents but keep positive and encouraging for your child.

6. One of the benefits of being a boy is the ability to pee outside by a tree. This can be fun for boys, so if there is a private area in your yard where your child could try this, and you are comfortable with it, give it a try. It has been suggested that peeing outside is just easier as there is no need to aim. 

7. Last but not least, keep some good bathroom cleaner or disinfectant wipes on hand for any accidents and to keep your bathroom smelling fresh!

Make potty training a fun and exciting adventure. Something to celebrate and enjoy. The rewards of this type of frame of mind will pay off!

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