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Advice on Potty Training Boys

By Andrea Coventry ; Updated April 18, 2017
Potty training doesn't have to be difficult.

Potty training boys is different than potty training girls. They have different equipment and different needs, and require some different techniques. Try these tips to facilitate the process.

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Potty Training Readiness

Is your child ready to potty train? Look for signs such as pulling pants up and down, removing diapers, interest in underwear and interest in the bathroom. He also needs to have some control over his bowels and sphincter muscles, excreting on a regular basis and having dry periods. When he seems to be ready, make the commitment to work on potty training and put him into regular underwear. Schedule regular potty attempts. Keep lots of extra clothes on hand.

Dress Boys for Success

Potty training boys are going to be in a hurry. Dress them in pants with elastic waistbands for easy removal. Avoid pants with snaps, buttons and zippers, as well as belts, until the child is adept at manipulating them. Add to his success by eliminating distractions in the bathroom and allowing him some privacy.

Potty Training Positions

Boys have to learn to both sit and stand when going to the bathroom. Provide a stool for when he wants to stand, and show him how to lift up the seat. Provide a potty seat for him to use when he needs to sit.

Target Practice for Potty Training Boys

Sometimes it helps little boys to potty train if you provide some type of target in the toilet at which he can aim. Favorite targets can be round cereals, like Cheerios or Fruit Loops. Toss in a toilet paper square. Use anything that is flushable and floats.

Independence and Responsibility in Potty Training

Encourage your boy to do everything himself. When he has the inevitable accident, allow him to help in the clean-up process. This will help him develop more independence as he grows and matures. It can also teach him to be a little more careful when he is in the bathroom. Teach all caregivers your routine to ensure consistency.

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About the Author

Andrea Coventry has been writing online since 2007. Her expertise includes teaching, working with children and Montessori schools. Her work has appeared in various online publications. Coventry is certified by the American Montessori Society.

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