Potty training toddlers

Starting to potty train your little boy is indeed a milestone for the whole family. Your baby is taking initial steps in becoming a little independent person. Just like any other milestone, your potty training experience will be filled with tests of patience before finally succeeding.

Enjoy a few tips, tricks and suggestions from other parents and professionals who have already gone through the experience of potty training boys. We hope these “do’s" will help making potty training an easier and more enjoyable experience for you and your child.

Do consider switching to training pants

One of the things that you may want to consider having before starting the potty training are training pants. They  are effective tools in transitioning your child from diapers into real underwear, while still providing some security from leaks.  Your boy becomes more aware of being wet or soiled when wearing training pants, and  may encourage him to use the potty more readily.

Do keep the bottom accessible
Stick to loose clothes as bottoms. You have to consider that at this stage, your child’s motor skills are still developing, which makes taking off his clothes a bit difficult as it is, never mind in a rush to the potty. Also his physiological development is still not that good, making controlling his bladder or bowels difficult as well, in particular when trying to concentrate on something else like getting undressed.

Do watch the toddlers habits and body language

Watch the habits and body language of children and keep an eye on how they behave when they need to relieve themselves. Your boy will behave in certain ways and display certain behavior when he is fighting the urge to “go”. Monitor and be familiar with your child’s pre-toilet habits and body language in order for you to begin his potty training.

Do reward and motivate

Learning to do the right thing by means of motivation and reward is the most effective way to potty train boys.  When children associate a certain behaviour with a reward they tend to want to repeat the act more often. A good way to practice the reward system is by giving your child a reward like a favorite toy or a sticker when he actually uses the potty. If your child resists or has an accident, it is best to give positive reinforcement to them rather than getting angry. Positive reinforcement is a great way to motivate children.