Although many potty-training tips apply to boys and girls alike, potty training boys does pose some unique challenges. Whether you’re wondering when to start potty training boys, whether to teach sitting or standing first, and how to encourage good aim, readers have offered great toilet-training tips to help you potty train boys with confidence.
1. Be Patient
As eager as you may be to ditch the diapers, many moms stress the importance of delaying toilet training until your son is ready. Amanda G. shares, “There really is no right age. Just keep your eyes open for signs of readiness.” Jessica D. agrees: “My little boy is a little over 3-and-a-half, and he just now decided he wanted to potty train. . . . He will do it when he is ready; just be patient and give lots of encouragement.” Common signs of potty-training readiness (which generally appear between age 2 and 3) include asking questions about the bathroom and toilet, staying dry for longer periods of time (indicating stronger bladder control), wanting to wear “big kid” underwear, or telling you when he’s soiled a diaper.
2. Try Sitting First
“Start out by sitting, and then move to standing,” advises Michelle L., one of many moms who recommend first teaching boys to urinate while sitting before graduating to standing lessons. In addition to simplifying the learning process, Melissa V. shares that starting with sitting can minimize messes: “There are little toilet seats that fit onto the regular toilet seat. It makes it smaller so he won’t fall in, and there’s a little cup on the front so he can’t miss the toilet.” Tarsha D. adds that sitting may also be the most practical option based on the height of your little one. “I’m a mom of four boys, and I taught all of mine to sit first (especially my…