boys pee standing up?

Angela - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )




I have a 4yr old boy and I know I have to teach him how to pee standing up, but when do you start teaching them that? Any tips on how would be really appreciated as well.


Jessica - posted on 01/27/2010




well with my boys they sat untill they saw other boys at daycare standing up and now they love it, dont push it, they have to want to do it, my friend told me pick ur battles, and she was right this is not ur choice but his, he'll do it when u lease expect it but keep a cleaning cloth by untill he learns to aim :) Good Luck!

Sabrina - posted on 01/27/2010




Is daddy, grandpa, uncle, someother male around for him to watch? I know some men feel uncomfortable having a "little" man watching him, but it really does work. My son, hayden actually potty trained standing up, because he saw my dad & my boyfriend standing up, so he didn't want to sit.

If that doesn't help, they have floating "targets" you can buy for them to aim at, or you could just throw a cheerio into the potty for him to aim at. That worked for the boys I used to babysit for. And it makes it fun for him :) GOOD LUCK!!!


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Debbie - posted on 01/31/2010




top tip - remove any carpet in your toilet and replace it with something that can be mopped (I have a husband and 3 sons - trust me on this one!)

Angela - posted on 01/28/2010




Thanks everyone! I heard about the cheerio thing from my uncle the other day, he said it worked for his boys. I'm going to give it a try too.

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me an my b/f just had this talk an i said when my sons ning ning(thats what he calls it) is three inches from touching the top of the toilet that he was ready to stand up an pee, but like cristal said that cherrios thing is a great way to do it they also have thing you can buy were you put in it the toilet an it stays there till you take it out but it has a aim thing on it its hard for me to desribe im not sure were they all sell them at but i no has them

Cristal - posted on 01/27/2010




i heard about putting the cherios in the toilet and you tell them to aim so it will become like some type of game to him witch hes gonna wanna do .. let me know if you try it and if it works =D

Maggie - posted on 01/27/2010




My son started peeing standing up as soon as he learned to pee in the potty. You can teach him anytime or have hubby do it since he can show him.

Put a cheerio or something in the toilet for him to aim at so you don't get a mess everywhere. He'll think it's a game and that will encourage him, too!

Jolene - posted on 01/27/2010




I prefer they stay sitting. Just me. I know that I am out numbered with this. But I have more boys in day care then girls and it was always a mess. All males have to sit at my house. Day care boys and my own children. My boys are now 22, 20, 18, 13, plus my husband. It has made cleaning the bathroom a much more pleasant job. I guess I don't see the reason you have to stand for one job but sit for the other. I don't care how good of an aim you are liquid hitting any thing else will splatter.

Beverley - posted on 01/27/2010





I'd probably start now if i were you. My son who's now 6 used to love sitting down to pee as he'd seen me do it that way.

He loved it when i started to show him how big boys pee, i used to have to help him with his aiming but it didn't take him 2 long to get to grips with it all.

Just remain positive and allow for the mistakes, just keep egging him on and he'll soon crack it x

Stephanie - posted on 01/27/2010




I run a home daycare and have a 4 year old boy that we just started having pee standing. Usually they can do it themselves because they have seen other boys or Dad do it. If they still have aim issues, the best way I have seen is to put a cheerio in the toilet and tell him to aim for it, they think its fun! If he is tall enough, dont let him stand on a step stool or else you will have a mess! I would say to start soon.

Kymberly - posted on 01/27/2010




I started teaching my 4yr old that from the very beginning. I tried to potty train him sitting down, and he wanted nothing to do with it, so I had my husband show him how to do it standing up. If you are a single mom, find a grandfather or a close male friend to show him. It worked for me. Hope it helps and good luck.

Sharon - posted on 01/27/2010




Hi Angela, you can teach them to stand at any time after they learn to use the toilet. There is no magic age. Do you have a trustworthy male (uncle, grandfather) that can talk to him about this and would not mind having him in the bathroom once or twice?? (and you should be nearby too, in the next room perhaps) Talk to your pediatrician too, they may have helpful strategies. It keeps your bathroom cleaner to have them sit, but they need to learn to stand so they can use the urinal in public. Good luck.

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