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How to Potty Train a Boy

I seriously can’t STAND potty training.  I’ve only done it once, and I don’t even think my daughter qualified as challenging, but it has been my least favorite parenting challenge so far.  Asking your kid 498 times a morning if they have to go potty only to have them tell you in the MIDDLE of Target that they have to go when your cart is full is a test of patience for any mama.

She’s done, and I was SO done from the experience that I actually gave the potty away.  She’s not an only child, and my son will be there before I know it, but I seriously needed such a break from that thing, that even the garage wasn’t far enough away.

So when people tell me that potty training a girl is MUCH easier than potty training a boy, a tiny part of me wants to cry.  Is this really true?

While I’m enjoying his diapers now, I know I’m going to have to tackle this beast, so I’m researching strategies…

Cheerios Target Practice from NANMAS

Naked Potty Training from Baby Center

Potty Training Using Food Coloring from Hubpages

Potty Training Sitting Down from Potty Training Concepts


What’s your potty training secret?

Potty Time!

Potty Training App

God, Grant Me the Serenity to Potty Train

My Inner Mommy War, Part 2


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  3. Momoko Fritz 06/29/2012 at 1:41 pm

    I waited until my first boy was 3 1/2 and that was because his preschool was going to start in three weeks and he HAD to be potty trained. I covered my carpet in plastic where one side is sticky and one side not that you can get at Home Depot and then I covered the couch in painters plastic and I let him run willy nilly. He got it down pat in one week. The older they are the more you can reason with them and that has worked with the first boy. I have two more to go. The second one is getting close as in he’s two and a half and showing interest in the toilet, but even then I’m going to wait, because I don’t want to battle that until I need to.

  4. Carrot Jello 06/29/2012 at 9:42 am

    Here’s my secret (and it’s worked with 5, so far)
    I wait until they are ready, not pushed them when I am.
    Sure, sometimes you have to wait until shortly before their 4th birthday, but they will do it on their own. I promise, they won’t go to kindergarten in diapers. This way I never have to lose patience, or waste energy setting a timer. I don’t like being trained to run my child into the bathroom every 30 minutes and stickers and cheerios are a big hassle.

  5. Kristina 06/29/2012 at 9:32 am

    Boys are harder, I have twins boy/girl, and my daughter was done before my son, he was quite stubborn. It was an experience I would love to soon forget and I will never do it again. Girls are easy, they sit for ‘everything’ and that helps. Every kid is different though and what works for all of your friends may not work for you.

  6. Erica Fehrman 06/29/2012 at 8:01 am

    Both of my boys potty trained at 2.5 years and were wildly different, but both of them started out sitting down and then stood once they understood the start/stop better. The part that makes boys easier? Pointing them to a tree outside. Their little inner caveman finds that very enticing.