Do Little Boys Sit Down While Potty Training?

Katie - posted on 01/21/2012 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My hubby is convinced our 2 year old needs to potty while standing up LOL. I've told him that's not what people do but he doesn't believe me...any thoughts?

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Christina - posted on 01/21/2012

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Turn them around backwards on the toilet seat. They can practice their aim without all of the mess. A friend of mine told me about this when I was potty training my oldest.

Anna - posted on 02/03/2012

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I started training my son sitting down but if you want him to learn standing up, your husband needs to take him to the bathroom with him and show him how it's done. My husband started doing that and now my son only wants to pee standing up. I have to pick him up and stand him on the toilet seat so that he can pee in the toilet bowl. If I catch him pooping in time to seat him on the potty, he'll poop on the potty.

Teresa - posted on 01/31/2012

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my son was taught sittng. he peed on the back of his pants all the time, finally he got tall enough and i got sick of stinky pants and made my hubby show him how to stand to pee. i also make my son scrub the floor when he pees everywhere. he needs to be taught to be responsible for his messes at a young age. i think making them clean the pee up makes them mr likely to aim when they are a little older.

Michelle - posted on 01/21/2012

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it is easier for them to learn sitting down then when they are a little taller then they can start learning to shoot the cheerios in the potty to stand but, I would definitely go with sitting first that is what I taught my son and we have way less mess that way as well.

Sandi - posted on 03/06/2012

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i have a 22 year old son and a 7 year old son...they both were potty trained sitting down. my little one still sits at home, but if we are out at a public restroom he stands for sanitary reasons. there is nothing wrong with boys sitting to pee (less mess when they are little and their aim isn't so good), nobody is watching them in the bathroom hopefully, so what does it matter if they sit. whatever is most comfortable for them i say.

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Ali - posted on 08/23/2012

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What a topic you moms are discussing about, "boys stand or sit to pee"! So let me tell you some thing then, not bad if you know that in my culture the male people avoid pissing while standing! In my country it's so, as my religion has recommended not to pee while standing, and to do it while sitting or squatting. I know there, they teach the kid when he can stand up, how to pee while standing, but it's not so here. However, I am male and quite healthy, but I don't pee while standing. You should consider that there are many different ways and theologies around the world.



To my own, peeing while standing is a nasty actions, also it does not feet a man's character, that's like you imagine a respectable man standing up still some where, his penis is out and his piss line in front of him! Who made the rule that males MUST stand up while urinating? And don't relate it to the nature, potentially many things are natural as an ability; one can bring it out (gun), aim and kill, but he has choosing power, although he has the ability, but he may not do it if he is sane; one can just bring it out, aim and piss, but does it mean he can not do it in a way but that?



Why stand to pee? Why aim? Aiming is for the time when you are distant to your target and can't be close to it, but when you can be close to it, and if you are sane, you prefer being close to your target than aiming to the target. So sit down and be relax, the name of the place you are doing that in, is rest room! And why you waste your time and energy in cleaning bathrooms? You can save it for more useful affairs by reducing the need of bathroom to be cleaned!



As for those who say "peeing while standing is of a few pleasures of a man!", I should say that a man is more valuable than way of peeing places as his pleasure and property! It does not fit a man to consider that as his worth! Men have more valuable special abilities to be mentioned! And as for those who say "peeing while standing is much easier than doing it while sitting or squatting", I should say that bending over and pulling down pants, and keeping a part of panties down for a while and aim for a while both need an attempt; and the fact that which one is easier for a person depends on habit. The way in which one's habit is based on, is easier for that one, and to which you habit, it will be easier for you! As God has made the ability of peeing while standing easily in guys, it must have an advantage, and yes it has. In men's jobs some times urgent situations happen, and some times they have to do some thing in a short time when the speed is important, and some times men have situations that they can't sit or squat or are in places where sitting or squatting is not easily possible; in such times they can use their ability of peeing while standing easily. But these urgent times just some times happen, not always! So I think there should be a project for men to stop, or to say better, manage peeing while standing. One group are already doing that and their site is: http://www.mapsu.org . As I mentioned, there are some occations when it's needed to pee standing up, then it happens for both men and women! So what should women do? So easy, they can instantly pee standing up using a small device, one is here: http://www.travelmateinfo.com/page002.ht... .

However, it will be great if the current way of peeing of guys in toilets and bathrooms, in the most parts of the world changes.

Faith - posted on 02/29/2012

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Yes!!! My son is 5 years old and he JUST is interested in standing up to pee...sometimes he still likes to sit though. :)

Julie - posted on 02/23/2012

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My sons father has my son convinced the only way to pee is standing up. Messes all over. And my son still insists on peeing standing up.

Sanelle - posted on 02/22/2012

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Sitting down and if they are outside, it not enough time to get in your house (or for some reason he refuses to go the toilet at that time) show him to wet the tree. That is what I am doing with my son. But then I have to hold it for him, he breaks out laughing too much if he hols his lil man-toy himself :)

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My friend is a mom of 3 boys (youngest is 10) and she says... have them sit as LONG as you can. lol



My son has been potty trained for about 14ish months and has only been standing (most of the time) since his dad and stepbrother taught him how to pee standing up in July.

Jenny - posted on 02/08/2012

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We train sitting down. I figure that's what they make that little cup on potty chairs for, so the pee doesn't go all over! ;)

Sheila - posted on 02/07/2012

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Well, I know for my son, I tried to get him to sit while going pee, but he wouldn't have any of it. It was my husband who taught him to stand up and pee and sit down to poop and from the very 1st day he showed him this, my son hasn't needed a pull up. Even for bed. The standing up worked for us, maybe it would work for you.







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Just keep in mind, that either way is fine as long as you don't mix it up in the middle of training. All that does is confuse the little guy and makes them not want to try at all.

User - posted on 02/06/2012

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Sitting down to get the idea. When he gets a little older he can go to standing but it is messy at first.

Kimmy - posted on 02/03/2012

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it is easier for little boys to learn to gopotty if they are sitting down.Once they get the hang of sitting to go potty then you can try to teach them to stand up and pee just make sure they don't have to poop too cause it makes a mess and can make them upset if they get it on themselves.

Allison - posted on 02/01/2012

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He needs to master the art of precision before being made to stand up, otherwise you would be forever cleaning mess off the ground and that is not always so nice...what you can is have your husband show him how it's done rather than you..

Anastacia - posted on 01/31/2012

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I have 3 boys. I had them go potty both ways. They need to know both but it usually helps if daddy or an older brother is willing to show them how it's done. :-)

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 01/31/2012

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My first child is a girl, she was EASY! LOL She is 13 now. Now we have a 15 month old boy and I dunno but I am already worried about pee being all over my floor! lol I will start with sitting for sure but I haven't told Daddy that one yet! hehehee

Sarah - posted on 01/31/2012

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We potty trained our son to sit down to pee. We'll teach him to stand later when he's a bit older and can grasp not to pee on the walls and floor,.

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We taught our son to sit down for potty time because he isn't tall enough, even with a stool, to pee in the potty while standing. Besides, learning to go on the potty is a pretty big task without adding in the difficulty of learning to direct the pee stream too!

User - posted on 01/27/2012

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Funny!!! My husband thinks the same thing. I didn't know that he would have him stand up whenever he took him to the bathroom. One day when I took him, he pulled down his pull up and picked up the toilet seat and peed in the toilet, I freaked! Now, that's the only way he goes.

MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 01/27/2012

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I would definitely go with sitting for starters. Probably best to let him work his way up to standing. Tell hubby, his lil' boy won't always sit! LOL ;)

April - posted on 01/26/2012

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My son had seen me and his dad both use the bathroom and knew that there were 2 ways it could be done, so I gave him the choice. He chose to sit. I didn't care, as long as he was finally potty trained. About 2-3 months ago he started saying that when he turned 4 he'd stand up to go potty. On his birthday last week, he decided he didn't want to be 4, because he didn't want to stand up. It wasn't until I had told him several times that he could sit that he decided that he was ready to be 4. Anyways, I don't make a big deal about it, it's his choice. Like someone told me once, "I don't care if he stands on his head". But, I think your husband is being a normal guy and dad. It's not "manly" to sit, but your son is not a man.

Nicky - posted on 01/26/2012

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i have 2 boys one thats 10 and one thats 3 and they were both potty trained sitting down..its completely normal and easy for them. when he is ready to stand to pee he will..plus if he did stand while learning there could be a mess :)

Kerri - posted on 01/26/2012

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lol my son never sat down.to be honest i did not know most moms taught them this.i was a single mom with my son who is now 15.he was dry day and night just after his 2nd birthday.i did not know any different other than to stand him on a step at the toilet.my son of 20mnths has already started to copy his brother by standing on a step at the toilet.he loves it and thinks its great.both my boys never wanted to use the potty at home so i bought a step and let them use the toilet.

Kerri - posted on 01/26/2012

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lol my son never sat down.to be honest i did not know most moms taught them this.i was a single mom with my son who is now 15.he was dry day and night just after his 2nd birthday.i did not know any different other than to stand him on a step at the toilet.my son of 20mnths has already started to copy his brother by standing on a step at the toilet.he loves it and thinks its great.both my boys never wanted to use the potty at home so i bought a step and let them use the toilet.

Mariette - posted on 01/25/2012

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Start them sitting down, if they can do that well, on their own, then you can learn them to do it while standing.

Susan - posted on 01/25/2012

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I think its easier for them to first learn while sited, then later on learning how to do it while standing.

Melissa - posted on 01/23/2012

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My DS has been potty-trained for over a year now. We started just before he turned 2 (he was ready), and as far as he is concerned even now, boys sit to pee. My adventurous, creative, mischievous red-head is relatively clean when pottying, and it hasn't once occurred to him to use it as a fire hose. I am in no hurry for him to learn that boys can pee while standing because it WILL open up doors of mess for him. We also don't have to worry about if the seat should be up or down. It just stays down. Teach your son to pee while sitting - it's easier and cleaner. Daddy can teach him about the wonders of standing to pee once he's older and going camping or something. It's definitely not a requirement to stand!

Skittlesinsocks - posted on 01/23/2012

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I think it might have a lot to do with height too... If they are tall enough to actually pee in the toilet while standing up, then yeah, why not? My son is 10 months and 31 inches tall so I have a feeling by the time potty training rolls around he will be training standing up.

Vicki - posted on 01/22/2012

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My boy has been toilet trained for a few months and still sits down. My nephew went from sitting to standing within a few weeks so they aren't all the same.

Sharon - posted on 01/21/2012

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We have just finished toilet training our 26mth old boy and I can't imagine him standing up at this age. Oh man, the pee would be everywhere! tell hubby HE can teach him standing up, and HE can clean up the mess.

Katie - posted on 01/21/2012

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My 2 year old is currently potty training and we do it sitting! It's much easier and less messy

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