Potty training girls: 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 girls

How to potty train girls

Tips and ideas to help you potty train girls

Potty training girls

You may have heard that girl’s potty train a bit faster than boys, and it’s true — but only on average. Girls tend to complete potty training about 3 months earlier than boys. Toddlers naturally want to learn to be independent.

Here are some more handy tips for helping girls 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 with an elasticised waist, a dress or skirt with pull up pants on underneath. Avoid overalls, tights, and anything fussy.

Have your little one visit the toilet with you, and explain everything you’re doing. Let the curiosity lead the way.

If your toddler seems wary of the potty, try the “backsplash” method: Have them sit backward on the toilet (with no potty insert). This position creates a better sense of stability.

Once your daughter has mastered using the potty, it’s time to start to show how to wipe. Girls have an increased risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) at this age because of their less-than-perfect wiping techniques. In fact, instead of wiping, teach your little one more of a “blotting” motion after a wee, to prevent pulling bacteria up.

Encourage your little one to use flushable toilet wipes (although be mindful many of these claim to be flushable but don't completely disintegrate - look for ones that contain biodegradable cellulose) alongside dry toilet paper for a better clean.

Keep a positive, encouraging attitude as your toddler tackles this big milestone. Your patience will pay off.

Potty training girls: What you need to know