The best way to potty train a boy is to wait until he’s ready. It might sound obvious, but if potty training is pushed too soon, it could cause distress and take much longer.
There isn’t a ‘right’ age to start potty training a boy; those with older siblings might be ready at 18 months, whilst others could be closer to four. Look out for signs he’s ready to potty train, such as an interest in the toilet or pulling his trousers up and down.
On average, it takes boys longer to potty train than girls, so it’s important to be patient and pick a stable time in their life. If he’s just started a new nursery, moved to a new house or has a new brother or sister for example, it may be better to wait until things have stabilised before starting to potty train.
Before beginning to potty train a boy, it’s important you’re equipped with everything you need, including:
Children learn by imitation, so let him watch an older male they are close to when they use the loo; like his dad or brother. To toilet train a boy, it’s important he understands the difference between how men and women use the toilet. Just remember you will need to help him aim, that bit improves over time!
When starting to potty train your toddler, don’t wait for him to tell you he needs to go to the toilet. Instead, take him to the potty every hour or two and encourage him to go.
Keep an eye out for signs he needs to go, including clutching, wriggling or hopping.
Pull-Ups potty training pants for boys are designed for toilet training, to encourage him out of nappies and into real underwear. The product’s Disney© design fades when it gets wet, deterring your Big Kid from having an accident.
Allowing your little boy to choose his own pants can be a great motivator – many will want to keep their favourite characters dry!
If potty training is going well, arrange a shopping trip so he can pick his underwear. Make it clear this is exciting and grown-up. (Just buy a few extra pants in case of accidents)!
Potty training isn’t something your toddler will master overnight, so stay calm if an accident happens and remind him to try the potty next time. You can even show him where it is after the accident to reinforce the process. We know it can often be tiring but remember, it won’t last forever and if you both put in the hard work now, it will pay off. Easier times are afoot.
Below are some handy tips for potty training your boy and promoting those easier times:
There is no quick way to potty train but tips, tricks and knowledge from those who have experienced it definitely helps. Whether it’s real-life stories from parents or advice from our potty training experts, we’ve got your back.