Potty training is a major milestone a toddler has to pass. If you have multiple kids, you come to the realization that potty training boys are different than potty training girls.
Teaching your son how to use the potty will require time and patience on your part, and a reasonable degree of cooperation and motivation from your son.
The key to potty training success is starting when your son is interested, willing, and physically able to. If you start too early it might end up really frustrating for both you and your kid and start late is not a good idea either. There’s no point in trying to get a head start. When parents begin potty training too soon, the process is likely to take longer, In other words, you’ll arrive at your destination at the same time, no matter when you start. So before you begin, you may want to see more general tips on how to start potty training and use our checklist to find out whether your son is ready or not. While some kids are ready as young as 18 months, others may not be prepared to learn until when they are toddlers. Some experts believe that boys are in diapers a bit longer than girls because they’re generally more active and may less likely to stop and take the time to use the potty.
Once you’ve determined that your son is ready to start, focus on the timing. Stress or big life changes may make successful toilet training difficult. So be sure your child’s routine is well established. If he’s just started preschool or has a new sibling or if you are moving houses, he may be less receptive to change or feel too overwhelmed to tackle this new challenge. Wait until he seems open to new ideas, so you can potty train successfully.
Use the Right Equipment
You have to get the right potty training equipment and accessories. When your child is sitting on the potty, it’s important for him to be able to lean slightly forward with his feet on the ground, especially when he’s having a bowel movement. Most experts advise buying a child-size potty, which your toddler can claim for his own and which will also feel more secure to him than sitting on a full-size toilet. Many toddlers are afraid of falling into the toilet, and their anxiety can interfere with potty training. They are also afraid of being in the toilet alone and away from the rest of the family, so get them their own potty that can out used anywhere.
If you prefer to buy an adapter seat for your regular toilet, make sure it’s comfortable and attaches securely. You’ll also need to give your son a stool because he needs to be able to get on and off the potty easily any time he needs to go and to stabilize himself with his feet. When buying a potty for your son, look for one without a urine guard. Although they may protect your bathroom from a little stray pee, more often they tend to bump into and scrape a boy’s penis when he sits down on the potty. This could make him associate going to the bathroom with pain and nobody wants that.
Motivate with Cool Underwear or Feet Accessories
Get your son focused on the benefits of being potty trained by taking him on a special errand: buying underwear. Let him know that he gets to choose whatever kind he wants animals or trains, briefs or boxers, superheroes or cartoon character etc. Also during potty training, your kid should be naked most times as this helps the process so you can get cool and fun items that help in Accessorizing Your Baby’s Feet.
This should get them excited. Talk up the outing ahead of time so he gets excited about being old enough to use the potty and wear the cool underwear just like his dad’s or older brother’s. If he seems a little hesitant to put them on, see if he’ll wear them over his diaper. Once he gets used to them, he may insist on wearing only them.
Set up a Training Schedule
Getting your toddler out of diapers depends on your daily schedule and whether your son is in daycare or preschool. If he is, you’ll want to coordinate your strategy with his daycare provider or teacher. You’ll have to decide whether to use the back-and-forth method of switching between diapers and underpants or the cold-turkey method of going to underwear full time. Disposable training pants are convenient, but many experts and parents find it’s best to transition right into underwear or old-fashioned cotton training pants, both of which allow your son to feel when he’s wet right away. That, of course, means you’ll be cleaning up some accidents. You’ll have to decide what’s best for you and your son. For a while, continue using diapers or disposable pants at night and on long trips out and about. And your daycare provider or preschool teacher will have her own opinion on when to switch to underpants at school.
Set Aside Some Naked Time
I already mentioned this above but it deserves further discussion. Nothing helps your toddler figure out when he needs to go like letting him spend some time bottomless. Put the potty in an accessible area while he plays, and encourage him to sit on it at regular intervals. If you are going to set aside some naked time, you’ll have to be prepared for the floor to get wet. Have your child play in an area that’s easy to clean.
While potty training, watch for signs that he has to go such as him clutching himself or jumping up and down in place and use these cues to suggest to him that it’s potty time. You can do this on several consecutive days, in the evenings when the family is all together, or just on weekends. The more time your child spends out of diapers, the faster he’ll learn.