Potty Training Tips for Boys
Gearing up to potty train your son? These top potty training tips for boys will get you on the right track. Bye bye diapers!
Sit, Don't Stand
Start off teaching boys to pee sitting down, which will allow you to focus on lessons of recognizing the signs they have to go, making it to the toilet on time, and the mechanics of physically going.
Mind His Height
Make sure your son is tall enough to be able to pee standing up (i.e., when he stands at the toilet, his penis needs to be able to reach over the lip of the toilet enough for them to be able to point it down into the potty); otherwise, you’ll have a regular spray of urine to clean up after each pee. If he can’t reach, but wants to learn to go like Daddy, keep a small step stool next to the toilet or use a potty chair for the time-being.
Ready, Aim ...
Toss some Cheerios® into the toilet to teach your son to aim properly.
If using a small mattress pad to guard against leaks, place it a little higher on the bed for your son.
Buy the Book!
These tips are excerpted from Stress-Free Potty Training: A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child by Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD. For more ideas on potty training—including matching methods to your child’s unique personality and temperament—check it out!
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