Potty Training A Boy...Standing Vs. Sitting???

Angie - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Should I teach my son to use the potty standing or sitting? And what is good age to start?

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Sammie - posted on 01/18/2010

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Im potty training at the moment and when I first started ashton prefered to sit rather than stand but as hes progressed he now stands at the toilet. I dont know why but its harder to train boys but you will know when the time is right and so will he

Susana - posted on 01/18/2010

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Hi. That's a very good question. I have been a nanny for 10yr and now am a mother to a little boy myself. In my work i have always started children potty training quite early 10/11months. just before putting them in the bath i always sat them on the potty, boy or girls always sitting this helps them with getting used to not doing it in a nappy:) which is for them very strange. I have now started with my own 10mnth old and he is getting the hang of it ( we have had a few wee's in the potty) which we make a big fuss, I will later get dad to teach him doing it standing up or if he feels uncomfortable with this i'll do it myself:) Do what you feel is right for your little one.

Alicia - posted on 01/18/2010

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To me it didnt matter much which way he peed in the toilet, just that he did it there and not in his pants. My son started by sitting then once he got that went to standing. I dont think it matters which way as long as they go in the potty thats what counts. Good luck potty training can be hard!

Melissa - posted on 01/18/2010

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I have a 7 year old son adn I taught him to sit first. 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. I taught him to stand when he was tall enough to reach the toilet without making a mess. Then I put a cheerio in the toilet and told him to aim for it. It was fun for him "shooting" the cheerio and he didn't make a mess. Best of luck!!

Christina - posted on 01/18/2010

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I dont know either! My son will be two next month and I have been wking on pty tranin 4 a fw wks. But, we arent getting nywhere.

Medic - posted on 01/17/2010

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i started right before my son turned 2 and he was totally potty trained a few months later and i taught him to pee sitting down...after he was not having any accidents his daddy taught him to pee standing....when we are in public sometimes he has to sit still because hes too short

Kim - posted on 01/17/2010

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you can start as soon as they show they're interested... I would try standing first and my mom said she would put a few cheerio's in the toilet for aiming practice... she said they loved to shoot the cheerio targets... lol

Kimberly - posted on 01/17/2010

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My husband says teach him to stand up to pee and sit down for the other. Also a tip is to put cheerios in the potty and tell him to aim/see if he can hit them. Just make sure he doesn't eat them. LOL

D'Niece - posted on 01/17/2010

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i do both for my son. when you are out in public there are no step stool for him to reach and aim. when he is with me he do more sitting when his dad take him he stands more. i do both, i let him choose. as long as he go it dont matter. when he see his older boy cousins he stands like they do, but he will sit because he like the cold water to touch his bottom

Tarsha - posted on 01/17/2010

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im a mum of 4 boys and i taught all of mine to sit first (especially my second son, he was so short he coudnt even reach the toilet bowl), my boys were fully trained about 3 3 1/2 yrs old, but they wet still at night! i found that those toilet seats are really good, the ones that have the little step and then the chair, good luck

Cass - posted on 01/17/2010

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I'm a mom of two boys and we taught them to pee sitting down first. With sitting down on a training potty it has a deflector so they really don't have to worry about aim. Once they get the basics and start going regularly then you can make the decision to allow them to stand. Both my boys didn't really show any interest in the potty until they were about 3, it just depends on how ready and willing the child is.

Hilary - posted on 01/17/2010

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lol.. I was just wondering the same thing. We just introduced the potty. He is to short to stand, even if we got him a stool aiming would be a riot. The first time he sat on the potty the tinkle went up and on the floor. Now I have him sit backwards on the potty, I dont know why but it works great. So for now I say sit.

Laura - posted on 01/17/2010

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I did sitting first till he understood the urge of needing to go then I sent him into the toilet with his dad one day to see him go standing up and my boy began to do it from that day on.

Melissa - posted on 01/17/2010

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Hello there. I worked at a daycare for three years. Ans most boys learn better sitting at first and then later on get the whole satnding part of it. I started potty training my son when I felt he was ready. I hope this helps. If not sorry. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 01/17/2010

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thats a good question. i was due to have my son on 1-15-2010 an im 2 days late. i think i would have to say teach him standing up to pee because boys r supposed to stand to pee. do u have a husband or a boyfriend that could maybe teach him to pee. put a cheerio in the toliet and tell him to aim and pee on it. an i would say start teaching him at the age of 2 - 2 1/2. ask him if he is ready to be a big boy and use the big boy potty. u may need a step stool for him to stand on.

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