Potty training boys: What you need to know

Boys and girls are never more different than when it comes to potty training, here’s how to master potty training boys

How to potty train boys

Tips and ideas to help you potty train boys

Potty training boys

You may have heard that boys can take longer to potty train than girls — but that’s not always the case. On average, girls do tend to complete potty training about 3 months earlier than boys, but each toddler masters potty training in their own time. The key to potty training boys is their unique development and personality.

Here are some handy tips for helping boys use the potty:

Try having your little one “teach” their teddy to use the loo by sitting it on the potty, and watch for cues that they may need to go as well, such as wriggling or holding their crotch. When you see the signs, ask if your toddler would like to sit down to try, too.

Choose potty-training friendly clothing, such as trousers or shorts with an elasticised waist, with pull up pants underneath.

Boys often look up to males in the family; so let your little one visit the toilet with the big guys to see how it’s done.

It’s best to start teaching a boy to use the potty sitting down. Standing up and aiming are skills that can come later.

Another trick to try is the “backsplash” method: Have your toddler sit backward on the toilet (with no potty insert). This position creates a better sense of stability.

As your little one gets more advanced, you can use aiming stickers in the potty or have them use small floating O-shaped cereals for target practise.

Boys don’t need to wipe after they pee, but should be taught to shake or tap before climbing off the potty.

Potty training boys: What you need to know