At what age do you start trying to potty train a little boy? And how the heck do you do it, the same way as girls?

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Suz - posted on 05/02/2009

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Hi Michelle,

depending on the boy, somewhere between 2 and 2 1/2 is a good age. they say girls are easier, but i don't know,, i had two boys and it didn't take that long.

as long as they are ready, and you DON'T FORCE the issue before THEY are ready/mature enough, it's really not the horrible experience it's made out to be.

when you see he starts to grab himself, you take him to the bathroom and sit him on the pot, (even if he's already gone) is the way to begin. you'll know by instinct when he's ready.

as far as getting them used to sitting on the pot, we brought books into the bathroom, where i read to him, or he 'read' to me so there was no scary issue.

also, DON'T worry about everyone saying, "oh, he's so big, and he's not trained yet?"
when it's his time, he will be, and not a moment before!

the more you try to force the issue,
the worse the experience will be for you and him.
make it a positive experience, don't make it seem like a punishment.
it's just another big step into becoming a big boy! :)

and most importantly, enjoy him! they grow up way to fast! :)

good luck! :)

Blanca - posted on 05/02/2009

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they always say boys take longer. My son initiated at 2 but it was difficult. He learned to pee standing up- I showed him and during this time his dad was still at home to help out with the demonstration. If your baby is around other boys he will eventually try to do the same- they learn by seeing so it would be a good idea to have him around boys in the family. good luck

Nicolette - posted on 05/02/2009

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i've just started potty training my son at 2 1/2. It took him 2 weeks for him 2 even sitting on potty. We got a reward chart and he loved putting his star on the chart for being a big boy. He always sits on the potty, but not sure yet how to teach him how 2 do it standing might have 2 get my brother 2 teach him 2 do it that way.

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I tried toilet training when he was 20mths which was going ok..... then he stopped fully and didnt want to go near a toilet, so nappies were back on. It wasnt until he was just 3 that he was cool going to the loo without any issue. Creche helped alot as he saw his buddies doing the same and soon became the local hand out for the 4 boys! He was taught standing up and sitting down. what works is a ping pong ball in the toilet so that they can aim! Good luck :)

Stacey - posted on 05/01/2009

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:) Boys are fun... my son started at 19 months because he initiated it. However, he soon stopped initiating it and became extremely fearful of toilets. He has since been diagnosed with some special needs, so this may not help you. He was finally toilet-trained a few months shy of his fourth birthday, and by that point he just started doing it -- without much trouble. I have heard from a lot of my friends that their boys were much harder than their girls.



My son learned to pee sitting down, since I couldn't very well demonstrate how boys can pee standing up. He still sits most of the time, but he did learn to stand and accomplish the task as well. Sometimes it's the little things that make you wish there was a man to show him... as we women just don't have the same parts! :)



Good luck!

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