6 tips on potty training for boys

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Potty training is never an easy task. Especially with boys, it takes a while longer than what it would for girls. There’s no specific reason why exactly, it’s just generally harder to teach boys.

Most of the time babies are a bit scared to switch from nappy to potty/toilet. Babies can be scared of toilets, when you’re that small a toilet honestly looks like a monster with a huge, noisy mouth that wants to swallow you. 

The best way is to ease it upon them and if at first they feel a bit scared, don’t force them, they will eventually come around; but do however persist.

The Stir offered six handy tips for potty training boys according to Helen F. Neville, author of Mommy! I Have To Go Potty

1. Teach him to wee while sitting down, first. Number one and number two usually go together and sitting down makes all of that so much easier. Unless dad is teaching him, it would be easier to let him simply watch and learn. Toddlers learn easier by watching the person who teaches them.

2. After sitting, the next step is for them use the toilet standing up, like a big boy. Who better to  teach them than daddy, big brother etc. They will feel more comfortable as well.

3. Removing the nappy and letting them run around free makes it easier for them to tell you when they need to go. Since they can feel there’s nothing to catch their booboos, they will generally think twice about just letting go. With removing the nappy also come sacrifice, you have to be okay with your little one making a mistake every now and then, if you’re going to get upset then its best you skip this step.

4. Get him to go with you to shopping for exciting underpants, says Jane Morton, clinical professor for paediatrics. The desire to wear their new underwear will motivate them to start using the toilet instead. But first they need to manage the pulling down and pulling up by themselves.

5. Once he’s mastered the art of doing his business in the toilet, and then comes the aim game. Let him focus on a spot in the toilet to make it not go over the edge, but simply stay in the pot. Place either colourful paper or anything of your choice to make aiming easier.

6. Persistence is key- don’t give up on him too easily. Making accidents will definitely be part of the process. It’s not the easiest of tasks but you need to really want to make it work for them to want to make it work too. 

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