How to potty train boys, this is probably a key question most boy moms ask, when their little prince reaches this important milestone. Potty training can be challenging and exciting at the same time. Parents are excited because it is another milestone that indicates that their little prince is growing and of course diapers will soon be scratched out of the family budget. I remember the great financial relief I used to feel after successfully training each of my children. The young man might also be excited at the thought of independence and imitating adults in his life. In this article, I intend to ease the challenges that come with potty training boys.
When to Start
There are different opinions on exactly when is the right time to start. The opinions differ based on culture, preferences, science, some backed with evidence, and some not. Despite the differences, the most recommended period is around 18 months of age, some kids might be ready at this time and some might not be ready. Which makes the child readiness an ideal and the best time to start the training.
Signs of Readiness
He refuses to wear wet diapers.
He is interested in the process
He is willing to cooperate
He can walk
He is interested in the adult’s visits to the bathroom
He can easily imitate what adults do in the bathroom
He can execute simple instructions
He can express the need for the bathroom
He can pull down the pants
The child does not have to have all these signs at a time. Having few of these signs can indicate that he is ready.
The child’s readiness is the primary hint that now is the right time but adults must also be ready. Adults must start the training when they are mentally ready with ample time allocated to the process, mainly because the process will require patience, politeness, perseverance, consistency, and more.
How to Prepare for a Start
As mentioned above, take time to get mentally ready. Read books and talk to other parents. Do your research, compare methods, and settle for what suits you and your family best.
Secondly get all the involved adults ready i.e the nanny, the kindergarten teachers if the child goes to kindergarten, both parents must be involved, we need all hands on the deck for a speedy and smooth process.
Before doing the actual training prepare the child mentally first :
You can start by teaching him the words you will be using for poo and pee. Sometimes when you change the diaper with the poo verbalize the name and get him to say it, the, same applies to pee. When he accompanies you to the bathroom, let him know what you are going to do. let the chosen names and sounds be comfortably used by all involved,
If he can comprehend, read to him potty training books, sing potty training songs, and play potty training games. I always say PLAY is kid’s primary language if you need to communicate anything to them, you must do so in a playful manner.
Keep the potty at least weeks before you embark on the training, let him familiarise himself with it before the actual training start.
What do you Need to Start
Potty off course
Travel potty with disposable liners that can be easily thrown off
Underwear with their favorite characters
Potty training seat magic sticker for extra fun
Portable Child Potty Urinal
Potty Training Seat with Step Stool Ladder,
Flushable toilet targets for boys
Potty Training Chart for Toddlers
His cooperation and interest
Patience and perseverance
How to potty train
We now believe that the little prince and all adults involved are ready to resume the process. You are now faced with the decision to switch from diapers to underpants or disposable training pants, there is no science to this decision, it should be based on what suits your family best. Underwear are highly recommended because the child can feel when he gets wet.
Teach the boy to sit for both poo and pee. Let him master the sitting before you attempt to teach him to pee while standing unless you are ready to do a lot of cleaning
Use the potty training watch
Consider taking him to the potty every 20- 30 minutes. You can use the potty watch for this exercise, the purpose of the watch is to remind him that it is time to go to the potty. The watch is programmable, you can set it to 20 to 30 minutes intervals. The watch brings all the fun on board.Potty training watches have music and light up with different colors to distract kids from whatever they are doing and direct their attention to the potty
Have a good reward system
You can use the potty training reward chart. The chart allows you to fill a specific row with stickers or you can also use check marks to celebrate every time the child successfully used the potty. After a row is filled up, you reward a child with a snack, a toy, time out, or a favorite show. Make this celebration a big deal for him so that he can always look forward to a filled up row. Check this article for some cool toddler toys you can use as rewards
Use potty training games
Potty training games range from :
Singing a song – Explore different potty songs and choose his favorites for the training
Use stickers that change color when peed on.
Color in the potty – Put some food coloring in the potty, let the little prince observe his pee turning into different colors because of a pinch of food colouring you have put in his potty.
Potty Scavenger hunt. Learn more about the game here
Potty training race – Put his potty in any room or bathroom, make him aware of the location of the potty. When the potty training watch alert you that now is time for the potty, you both run to the potty and whoever gets to the potty first is the winner.
Blow the bubbles– This game is fun for all kids but not only that it enables him to poop easily. Blowing the bubbles simultaneously stimulates the abdominal muscles needed to poop.
Favorite scent – Expose him to soaps and lotions with different scent. Establish which one is his favorite, then use the particular scent as his reward after successfully using the potty.
Do everything in your power to associate the potty with comfort and fun and at all costs disassociate it from pressure and pain. This speaks to your reaction after accidents. Expect the accidents and respond in an encouraging rather than a condemning way.
Let him teach his toys to use the potty – Teaching what you have learned or what your learning its the best way to learn.This is the opportunity to rehearse what mommy and daddy has been teaching him
Give him water to drink frequently
Giving them water frequently will create the need to go to the potty frequently. When he uses the potty time and again the process gets engraved and automated.
Keep the diapers for night and underwears for day
Mothers and experts differ in opinions on this one. My recommendation is to keep the diapers for the night unlike totally taking him off the diapers from the word go. Minimize water or liquid intake towards bedtime, then celebrate and reward dry nappies in the morning. Getting him to master the night potty is a totally different milestone.
When he has mastered going to the potty during the day, he is familiar with the name and sounds you use for peeing, you can then put him on the potty once or twice during the night, without even waking him up. Just pull the pull up down, put him on the potty, and trigger the peeing with that familiar word or sound, This will work best if it’s done at the same time every night. By so doing you will have plenty of dry mornings and a lot to celebrate.
Potty training the little one is a great milestone for the entire family. As challenging as it is, it must be approached with positivity and excitement. As mentioned above stock up on patience and perseverance, expect accidents, and respond to them lovingly. Understand that children are not the same so do not compare this child with your firstborn or his peers. It is a unique and one time journey, be fully present, and enjoy the ride.