There are so many ways she becomes more and more independent as your baby grows into a toddler and beyond. Here are best ever potty training tips for boys you must follow.
You’ll enjoy seeing all of these exciting development milestones come and go, but one might need a fair bit of your time in particular. This is when your child goes from diapers to complete potty training.
Potty training is a complex process and understanding what the best approach is can be difficult because each child learns differently, boys will learn differently from girls and there is no best way to teach the necessary skills.
We’ve compiled a list of tips to help your kid get the hang of potty training to help you in your little one’s potty training adventure:
Potty Training Tips For Boys
1. Make sure your child is ready. Try not to rush the process, and start potty training too early, before your little one actually succeeds. Look for signs of your child’s readiness before you start potty training your little one.
2. Get your child involved in choosing the potty when appropriate, go shopping with your child for the potty chair or potty seat. It will make him feel more comfortable and ready to use his brand-new potty.
3. Buy big kid underwear as a sign of encouragement. Buy fun underwear such as those with a favourite cartoon character or a colourful superhero.
Explain to your child that he can wear this cool, big kid underwear until he knows how to use the potty. Often, you can let him wear this underwear as a reward while doing potty training. Only brace yourself for some potty incidents.
4. Place the potty in a convenient spot. The bathroom is the obvious place (and putting it in the bathroom can help your child make the connection that goes potty), but you might also want to think about placing the potty in your child’s bedroom for easy access after the naps, or in the playroom.
5. Get on a potty schedule. Plan out a basic schedule until your little one starts potty training. For example, after eating, or after naptime, you might promote going on the potty. It makes it known to your child that going potty is normal.
6. Use a sticker chart to track (and reward) progress. Click here to download this handy chart. You can hang it near the potty or in the bathroom, and let her put a sticker on the chart whenever your toddler does a good job. Click here to download the stickers. Every time she gets a new sticker, she will feel great.
7. Create a potty-training song. If your kid seems anxious about using the potty, he may feel more relaxed and get into the groove with some musical encouragement.
You can sing the song as you two go to the potty, or you can sing it together as he uses the potty. There’s plenty of videos of song ideas online, or you might make up your own little ditty.
8. Shower your baby with praise. If your little one is doing a good job on the potty, tell him! You could also give him a top-five or a hug, or do whatever works to keep his motivation high and reinforce that he’s doing a great job.
9. Give your baby a book. Read a book about going to the potty while he’s on the potty, or let him look at one of his favourite picture books to make him feel more relaxed and spend the time.
10. Have naked time. By this tactic, some parents swear for the potty training. The basic idea is that allowing your child to go naked at home allows her to use the potty, as she has no diaper to go in.
That strategy might be especially useful to those kids who still find it difficult to pull down their training pants to use the potty. This technique will work best during the hot summer months, but it may not work for every child, as with all the tips in this article.
11. Potty train before bedtime and after waking. When she goes to bed and as soon as she wakes up in the morning it is a good idea to take your baby to the potty.
You might as well like to take her to use the potty during any waking night. Showing her the ritual of regularly going to the potty would help her build good habits, and may also help prevent any night-time accidents.
12. Train by example.The next time you need to use the toilet, take your child with you, and show her how easy it is to pee and poop. Dads might find teaching little boys easier, and moms might showgirls the process. There’s no tough and quick rule, though, and you should go with what works for your family.
13. Magic tricks. Apply some blue dye to your toilet bowl (or just some blue toilet bowl cleaner). The hue of the toilet water will change from blue to green as your little one pees.
The option is to apply to the toilet dish soap. He’ll love to watch it foam and bubble up when your child pees.
14. Consider encouraging the toilet instead of the potty. You may prefer starting your child out with a child seat on a toilet instead of a freestanding potty If so, reinforce the idea that the toilet is where the adults go, and this is a great opportunity to do “grown-up” stuff. A step stool or footstool can help him get to the toilet more quickly and also help him keep his balance.
15. Give your boy for some extra time. Occasionally, boys need more time to learn the difference between doing a number 1 and 2 than girls. Starting by teaching him how to pee while sitting down before teaching him to do it standing up is a good idea.
16. Use target practice to encourage your boy. Once your boy’s ready to try to stand up and pee, you can start teaching him how to aim.
One way to do that is to drop a piece of O-shaped cereal into the bowl or potty toilet. Encourage your boy to aim then. Satisfaction with making the target will serve as positive strengthening.
17. Make pooping less scary. Passing a bowel movement could be frightening for your little one. His unwillingness to withhold can contribute to constipation.
It may also be painful to move hard stools and your child may equate pain with pooping. Teach your kid (maybe by watching a video on the subject or reading him a kid’s book on potty training) that pooping is a natural process, and there’s nothing to worry from.
18. Show and tell. Another tactic is to act out a scene called “going to the bathroom.” Use a favourite doll or teddy bear to use the toilet or potty to act as the doll goes about. You might even ask your child to show you how potty the doll goes to reinforce the lesson.
19. Don’t flush right away. If you are training using your toilet, don’t flush right after your child has used the potty. In the initial stages of potty training, the flushing sensation can be particularly frightening.
Introduce the concept of gradually flushing, maybe once your kid gets the hang of going potty, and make it a fun game — almost like letting your kid press an elevator button.
20. Don’t expect miracles in a few days. Some parents swear by 3-day potty training, which is like a potty boot training camp where the training takes place on a strictly planned schedule. Though for some this may work well, it is not for every parent or child.
21. Try reverse psychology. You may want to try some reverse psychology if you find your child is having a hard time getting used to the idea of using the potty or simply refusing to do so.
For example, if she’d rather remain in diapers even when she’s a big girl, you could ask gently. The trick with this tactic is not to put too much stress or pressure on your little one, as it can have the opposite effect and make her even more resistant to potty training.
22. Don’t punish mistakes. While potty training problems may sometimes be stressful, resist the urge to get angry or threaten your kid. Instead, let her know it’s okay and then she should try again.
Pressure added won’t help her learn any more quickly. It may also be that your little one is not yet ready, so consider putting on hold a few days or weeks of potty training.
23. Remember regression can happen. You may get hitting a snag or encounter setbacks during the potty training phase. That is a normal and natural part of the process of learning.
Don’t be discouraged if it does. Patience. Seek one more strategy. Give them time.
We hope these tips can be of assistance to you and the child during potty training. Do not lose hope if it does not happen as seamlessly as you would like it to.
The little one will finally get the hang of it with one of these methods, or perhaps with another method, you’ve noticed works for you.
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