Toilet Training Boys – My Top 5 Tips

From the age of 2 toilet training kept cropping up in conversations with family members. “When are you going to train Jack/Oliver/Arthur* (*Delete appropriate names),” Or “Have you introduced the potty, are they sitting on it” Being a Nursery Nurse I had helped toilet train hundreds  of kids! I am no expert but I picked up things along the way, so..

Here is my top 5 tips for toilet training boys!


  1. Decide which you want to your child to use; Toilet, Potty or both. Also take into account what your child wants to use. The toilet may look big and scary to a small toddler. Make it more inviting by introducing a stool or maybe an inbuilt Child seat. If using a potty let them choose which one they would like?
  2. Most importantly wait until they are ready. Can your child hold onto their wee for an extended time? Are they able to tell you when they need the toilet? Are they happy to sit on the potty or toilet? This is quite important if you try and force it you could create ill feeling. Making them scared or nervous over the toilet is never a good thing.
  3. I always taught my boys to sit on the toilet first. Only when they were old enough to understand did we even think of introducing stand up wee’s. Jack is 7 and only just really fully able to do so. If you want to teach them to do a stand up wee a ping pong ball in the toilet acts as great target practice.
  4. Use loose clothing such as jogging bottoms. Dungarees can be tricky to take off quickly. Boxer shorts may seem like a great idea but during potty training try to stick to pants – Whilst working in childcare I looked after a little boy toilet training in boxers. He had soiled himself but didn’t tell anyone, little lumps of poo kept falling out and there was a trail all over the room.
  5. Remember each child is different and will train at different ages. Try and combat toilet training during the day before trying night time. It is not a contest, there is no prize amongst friends to toilet train your child first. Take your time and enjoy the experience.


  1. Peter Watson
    15th February 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Thanks.Can we have one for girls too? Both very useful for parents and grandparents re-learning.

  2. 17th February 2017 / 11:30 am

    Great tips here Jaymee! I love the one about boxer shorts. I never would have even thought about something like that.

  3. 17th February 2017 / 11:49 am

    Oh bless the little boy in boxers!!! My husband could do with a pingpong ball to aim at some days too!

  4. 17th February 2017 / 2:57 pm

    We potty trained Indiana at 27 months with ease, I’m much more worried about training Parker though. Boys seem harder – love that ping pong trick though. Will keep that in mind! x

  5. 17th February 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Brilliant tips here. Cameron is 6 and hasn’t yet started doing stand up wees regularly, although he can if he needs/wants to. We used a combo of toilet with a seat and potty x

  6. 17th February 2017 / 11:01 pm

    I really Agree with waiting till they’re ready. If you try before it just does not work at all!

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