Wondering how to potty train a boy? There are some obvious challenges to potty training boys, but it doesn't have to be as complex as you think. I have come with some of my best potty training tips for boys.
Make sure he is readyThere's no worse set up for failure than starting potty training way too early, or way too late for that matter. An ideal age for potty training boys is anywhere between 18-24 months. Starting earlier than 18 months, the less likely your child will even have proper sphincter control. The older your child is, the harder it may be to potty train him since he will be reaching an age where defiance and tantrums will pose a challenge. Potty training at age 2, is much easier than potty training at age 3. Stubbornness and opposition become much more prominent at 3yrs old.
Get a potty seat for boysMake a fun day out of it and go potty shopping. Children this age love to make choices and have some control. Take advantage of this and take him to the store to pick out a potty. Make sure you get a seat designed specifically for boys. Potty chairs for boys have a winky barrier in the front that prevents squirting.
Have him watch a fellow dudeThis is a great age for mimicking others. Boys love to do what daddy is doing. Have your child watch daddy go potty. Put the potty right next to daddy and have him give it try.
Potty training in a weekendDedicate a weekend to potty training. You can definitely potty train a boy in 3 days, but you will have to dedicate a solid 3 days of potty training at home. If you don't know how to get started, the best thing to do is get the 3 day potty training guide. This one is my favorite. I have tried several, and this particular 3 day program is very detailed. It has specific sections for "bumps in the road" like travel, public restrooms, potty fears, defiance, differences between potty training boys and girls, night time potty training and so much more. I love this guide because there isn't a topic it doesn't cover. It's like a reference guide to potty training.
Start potty training a boy with sittingParents always think that they have to potty train their boy to pee while standing. That's not a very reasonable expectation. Aiming can be really difficult, and a child this age is easily distracted, so he's peeing in the potty one minute, then he turns and is peeing on the floor the next. Potty training a boy doesn't mean you have to teach him to pee while standing. Start with sitting, as he gets older and gets really good at this, then you can start with some fun standing potty training, like aiming at cheerios.
Be consistent and have funIf you want to know how to potty train a boy fast, then stay consistent with whatever method you have started with. Trying one thing, then another, will only confuse and upset your child. Staying consistent will not only help him learn quickly, but will also give him the confidence he needs to succeed. Learning how to potty train a boy is a much of a learning experience for you, as it is for your child. So have fun together, stick to your potty training method, and remain consistent. If you follow these tips, there's no reason you can't potty train a boy in 3 days!
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