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!
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.