How To Potty Train A Boy

Infant On Potty

Little baby girl sitting on blue potty with open book

Potty training is a great milestone that signifies an achievement in your baby. Now your cute dude is growing so fast and outgrowing the changing table. This reminds you about the potty as the best investment for your son. Potty training a boy can be tough. Besides, potty training a boy can be a bit slower than potty training a girl.


Girls mostly get it right faster. In most cases, its mom not dad doing most of the training, hence little opportunity to exactly show him how it is done. No matter how long it takes you, at the end of it all, you need to see your boy learning how to use the potty properly.

Every child is unique in his own way some will take a bit longer than others, but eventually, they do. Are you wondering how to encourage good aim or whether to teach sitting or standing first? This post takes you through some great training tips to help your son catch on.

Be patient: As eager as you are to ditch the diapers, the key is patience just like as with many toddler trials. And because there is no right age to start training your son how to use the potty. Just watch him for signs of readiness, he will want to train when he is truly ready. Give him lots of encouragement. Keeping potty learning low-key will go more smoothly for him.

Try sitting first: Pediatricians recommend that you start out by sitting and then move to standing once h has mastered the basics. Let him sit down on the potty with his nappy off for both peeing and pooping. Tell him the potty is his own to make him feel comfortable using the potty.

It is the best for him as he can get to the potty in time and finish his business without having to decide whether to sit or stand. This simplifies the whole learning process and can minimize messes like peeing and pooing on the floor.

Toddler Boy Sitting On Potty

Toddler boy sitting on potty holding rolls paper and looking up

Standing up: The standing element is always a challenge for potty training boys. Encourage your son to pee when standing up when he is truly ready that is after showing full control of his bowel and bladder muscles.

When he’s ready to pee while standing up, let him have an elder male probably his dad or older siblings. A dad will show him exactly how it is done. Seeing his dad and other boys like him peeing while standing might motivate his interests.

Give him a target: Once he has learned to pee while standing, it is time to train him how to aim. You can toss a circle shaped cereal into the toilet and have him take aim. Allow him to target practice; this is a great way to teach him how not to pee on the seat.

When sitting show him how to aim, help him understand why he should point his penis down into the potty. When he stands to pee float O-shaped cereal and challenge him to go for the bulls-eye.

Teach up’s and downs: When he has mastered aiming, it’s time to teach your son the basic potty etiquette. When he is standing up to pee, show him how to raise the seat and lower it again when he has finished peeing to avoid it falling on him.

Note: Boys learn quite quickly when most potty training time activities are done outdoor.

To get your boy make a breakthrough with their potty training, give him the new big boy underwear with his favorite superhero or cartoon on it. And because he would not want to pee on his hero he will quickly master the concept of the potty to keep clean. You can also give him stickers to decorate his outfit. Set up a reward system and reward your son for staying dry.

Like any other milestone, the more involved you are to your sons learning process the easier it becomes for you to figure out what works best for your son. Having a male role model is a big plus, the entire learning process becomes easier.

By now I hope these tips have helped you succeed in potty training your son. It can go without saying that showing your son how much you love him and appreciating each progress he made is also crucial.

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My name is Shirley. I’ve blogged about babies and parenting for a bit over two years, and with being a mother myself, I understand the needs and concerns you have for your children’s safety as well. It’s important. I hope you enjoy your stay with us