Potty Training Boys

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Potty training boys may be a bit difficult in the beginning to say the least. It will require plenty of time and patience on your part. In order for you to ensure that the entire potty training experience goes as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to be able to engage your son and have him interested and willing to learn. For most parents, this is easier said than done. Potty training your son doesn’t have to be as complicated as it seems. With a little bit of cooperation and will from your son, you’ll be teaching him to use the potty in no time.

When should I start potty training for boys?

Most children are ready to learn potty training around the age of 18 months. Potty training for boys can be a little different. Your son may begin to express an interest in going to the potty at or around this time. If however, you find that your son isn’t quite ready to learn potty training or that he simply lacks the willingness, don’t be discouraged. Sometimes potty training a toddler boy comes later. Some children aren’t ready to begin potty training until they’re around three years of age.

Many experts believe that it can take boys a little while longer than girls to be fully potty trained. This is because boys are generally a lot more active than girls so they are less likely to stop and take the time to realize when they actually need to go to the bathroom. This is why if you have both a son and a daughter, you may have noticed that it was a bit easier to train her to use the potty, and you’re having a more difficult time with you son. Potty training your toddler boy can seem like a bit of a hassle. Of course, every child is unique so you may have even experienced this the other way around.

 

Should I start my little boy potty training early?

Some parents might think that it’s a good idea to begin potty training boys a bit earlier than normal. While this might seem like a great idea, it really could be a hindrance to your son’s progress. Starting the potty training process too soon can actually end up taking you longer than it would have if you had started at a more reasonable time for your son.

Sometimes a child is simply not ready to learn potty training. This can be due to the child’s developmental stage or any type of stress or distractions, such as new siblings, recently starting preschool, or any other significant change. Any of these things can leave your son feeling way too overwhelmed to take on any sort of new challenge such as potty training. It is important to find specific motivators and provide your son with lots of encouragement to create a motivation to start using the potty like a big boy!

 

How can I make potty training for boys easier?

There are many ways a parent can make the whole potty training experience easier for themselves and their son. There is a lot of great advice and tips available to make this process a lot easier for the both of you. Let’s take a look at some awesome tips that can help make this a fun experience for you while potty training your toddler boy. .

  •   Give him an incentive:  You can use external reinforcers to help motivcate your child to use the bathroom at the potty. Promise your son that if he goes to the potty like a big boy, you will give him a few pieces of his favorite candy. Say for example, M&M’s or something similar. This will make it very fun for him and will inspire him to try going to the potty more often. However, just make sure that you offer him relatively healthy snacks and treats so that you can avoid any hyperactivity later, as this method might work very well.
  •   Give your son plenty of praise: If you want to avoid giving your son candy as an incentive, you can always resort to praise and reassurance. This is a tried and true method. You want your son to feel comfortable and confident going to the potty. Give him plenty of your undivided attention when teaching him how to go to the potty on his own. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement. As long as you’re consistent with this approach, your son should respond positively and look forward to learning how to go to the potty on his own.
  •   Create a routine: this method should prove to be highly effective, as long as implemented correctly. Make it a habit to set aside time regularly so that you can put your son on the toilet to use the bathroom. You can start by having him go every 20 minutes at first and see how that works for the both of you. Sometimes simply having a routine down and making it a habit is all it takes to get your son on the right track. It’s important for us as parents to remember that sometimes, our children simply do not remember to go to the potty on time, and usually wait until it’s too late. Children are usually in a constant state of play and imagination so it’s easy for them to forget.

Potty training boys doesn’t have to be incredibly difficult. Yes, it is true that sometimes potty training a boy is a bit more difficult than potty training a girl. Keep this in mind and know that there is nothing wrong with your son, nor is he falling behind in his development. Try not to rush things, and keep in mind that trying to get a head start by training him sooner, does not guarantee that he will be trained any faster than his peers or other siblings. Patience and consistency are what will help you the most during this time, as well as the cooperation and will of your son. Remember to follow these simple steps when you’re ready to begin the process of potty training your child and you’ll have it down in no time.