Potty Training Tips for Boys
As much as you might wish there was a fail proof way to potty train little boys, there’s not. Every child learns and adapts differently, which is why there are thousands of different tips on potty training. It’s important to consider more than one method during this learning experience—so keep an open mind, plenty of patience and check out the tips below as you embark on your potty training journey.
Keep Rewards Feasible
Positive reinforcement is great—but keep it practical! You don’t want to promise your toddler large rewards every time he uses the bathroom because (as you’re well aware) he’s going to use the bathroom a lot from now until forever, and that’s going to get expensive. Let him choose his “big boy undies,” and consider a sticker chart and a small piece of candy as a reward. This gives him some personal investment in the process. Make him feel like he’s part of the learning process, because he is: the goal is to make potty training an expectation and not just a celebration.
Do Your Research
You’re already reading this article, which is great—because that means you know you could use some help. Potty training has been done since the beginning of time, so why not look to someone that’s already done it? You can find classes in your community or online, a plethora of books and an even larger number of online articles on how to potty train boys. Ask the person that taught you what was most effective, talk to friends about what definitely didn’t work and try a variety of methods.
Potty Learning Before Potty Training
Before you get in there and start training, spend some time getting your little guy familiarized with the potty. Before this, his experience with the bathroom was bathing and brushing his teeth. Introducing the idea that he goes to the bathroom there, too, can be a big deal. Read some books with him about going to the potty in the bathroom. Let him teach a doll how to go potty and let him flush for you. This may be an hour experience or a full week- it’s up to you to gauge how he is adapting to it.
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Don’t Get Defeated
Between two and three years old is when your child is developing the most, the fastest. He’s making decisions on his own, figuring out what he likes and learning a lot. Imagine going from not being able to communicate to full sentences—in a year! His brain is working overtime to take everything in. Because of that, he’s also experiencing stress, so don’t throw in the towel if you start to see a regression. You’re both trying to figure this whole thing out, so be patient with him—he’ll probably return the favor.
Remember—Every Child is Different
It’s fun to watch your little guy grow into his personality, so encourage that! Some kids pick up potty-training really young, and some don’t until later on; neither one is right or wrong. Listen to his cues and be excited about his victories because wrestling him to go to the bathroom is only going make the potty a negative and stressful place.
Like everything, parenting is done on a child-by-child basis, and what might be a frustrating time now will be a fond memory later. Just remember—you’re doing great, mom! For more tips on potty training boys and a cleaner lifestyle, visit us at TheCleanerHome.com.