Potty Training-Girls, Easier Than Boys?
I have worked in child care for over 2 years, so I have worked with children of all ages. My favorite age group ended up becoming the 1 1/2-2 1/2 year old room. The perfect age for starting potty training! So needless to say, I have been told countless of times that not only are girls much easier to train, but they also take a shorter amount of time. I have a son who is now 2 and a few months ago I decided that it was the perfect time to start him on the potty. He was staying dry during nap and seemed very interested in the little toddler potty I had bought him. The only thing that kept running through my head was, "Oh man! This is going to be difficult!" And let me tell you...he proved me WRONG!
Within a week, my little boy was going "pee-pee" and "poo-poo" on the potty. After a couple more weeks he was going every time I had him sit and was also occasionally dry. After only a month and a half he was telling me when he had to go and was staying dry for hours at a time! I was so in shock and proud of my, now, BIG BOY!
He turned two this month and I am happy to say that after only 3 months of training, my little BOY is staying dry in undies all day (including during his 2-3 hr naps) and has only had one accident! Now, I'm not sure if my son was able to achieve this because of the signs I looked for and the things I did to help make him comfortable with going potty but I will give some signs I looked for and tips on how to making going potty "fun" for your toddler.
Signs he was ready for potty training
- Throughout the day, I noticed he was staying dry for a lot longer than usual.
- I bought him a toddler potty and he actually acted interested in it. He would just sit on it fully clothed and then stand up, close the top, and flush it. I know of kids who were afraid of the potty so it was very difficult to train them, I wanted to make sure that fear never even crossed his mind. Therefore, I bought it before I was even going to start training him.
- Occasionally, during his 2-3 hour naps he would wake up completely dry.
- Finally, one day he told me, "mama, potty"
How I made going potty enjoyable for him
My son loves books so when I knew he was ready to start going potty, I let him take a couple of books with him. Let’s face it, toddlers are busy bodies and love to play all day. Very rarely does my little boy like to just sit down and do nothing, I figured letting him read on the potty would keep him sitting long enough to actually go. Sometimes he would sit for up to 10 minutes before he finally went. If he didn't have the books he would never sit that long, therefore he wouldn't have gone potty on the toilet. He probably would have gone in his diaper 5 minutes after I made him get up. Every once in awhile he didn't want to bring books, he wanted to bring a different toy, and I let him. I know, I know, potty time and play time are two different things but he's not one to give up what he's doing so that he can do something I want him to do. I took out the fighting option and let him do what he wanted. In the end, it ended up being a very good idea!
Some fun toddler books
- Listen to your child. Nobody knows when they're ready to start better than your toddler.
- It's never too early to get your toddler started on the potty.
- Make them familiar with the potty before you're going to start training them. You want to make sure your child is comfortable and not afraid of the toilet.
- Don't be afraid to put to them in underwear. If they appear to be ready, they probably are.
- Accidents happen.
- I had a rewards system for him. When he was dry and went "pee pee" he got two skittles. When he was dry and went "poo poo" he got there skittles. (I used skittles because than we could work on his colors too.)
- Once he was pretty much fully potty trained he got put in timeout for having an accident. It showed him it was wrong but wasn't too big of a punishment to make him afraid of going to the bathroom.
- Before you take your toddler out in public in underwear, make sure he is comfortable with going on just the plain toilet. You don't want them to have an accident just because they don't want to sit on a normal toilet. (I found this out the hard way!)
Obviously this method isn't going to work for everyone but I do hope that this helps someone, even if it's only one person. Happy potty training!(: