Potty training is challenging regardless of your toddler’s gender. That said, potty training boys is a bit different than potty training girls. While it is obvious that males and females use the bathroom differently, there are some other distinct potty training differences parents may run into when potty training boys versus girls.
Month: November 2017
Sometimes children simply aren’t ready for potty training, no matter what tactics you try. This can be ridiculously frustrating, especially when other moms chime in on their successes while you struggle. But comparing your kid to everyone else’s won’t help, so don’t even start. Simply put, your child probably just isn’t ready. And there’s nothing wrong with that! But that doesn’t mean you have to completely put potty training on the back-burner. After all, toddlers aren’t ready to get their drivers’ license but they still play with toy cars.
During toilet training, many parents eagerly wait for the first poop to land in the potty. Some even share the achievement by posting pictures on social media (really). But what if a child won’t cooperate?
A young child who does not pee or poop in a potty is not yet toilet trained. If they were trained, they might be having a setback, which is not uncommon. When a child will pee in the potty but not poop there, something else is going on.
Children who refuse to poop in a toilet may have accidents and poop elsewhere, or even withhold stool altogether and not move their bowels for long periods of time.
One of the main questions that parents have when beginning the process of potty training is concerning how to handle accidents. It is good that those questions come up because those who haven’t yet considered what they’ll do when an accident occurs are often caught off guard and unprepared. That predicament can lead to anger, and that is the worst way to respond. Some common questions that parents should consider before even starting potty training include:
What if all it took to potty train your toddler was $75 and 3-5 days of running around the house naked?
According to parenting author and psychologist Dr. John Rosemond, it’s really as simple as that. Rosemond believes that a human should not be allowed to wet himself past the age of 2. He claims that potty training isn’t rocket science and can be done in just a few days.
Daytime potty training and nighttime potty training are as different as day and night—literally! While many toddlers can achieve daytime dryness at around 2 or 3 years of age, nighttime dryness takes considerably longer. Many children continue to require a pull-up at night well into the preschool years, at no fault of the child or parents.
Is your child ready for potty training? While the average age to start potty training is 18-24 months, every child is different and will meet this milestone at his own pace. Starting too soon can create toilet resistance, fears, and tantrums, whereas starting too late increases the economic and environmental costs of diapers and may make your child more resistant to change.
So, when is your toddler ready for potty training?
Here are eight signs of potty training readiness:
There are a variety of sensory triggers and developmental aspects that can contribute to potty training difficulty. Parents need to know that they’re not alone. There are tips that parents have been more than happy to share from their own experiences.
Boys have a reputation when it comes to potty training. Experts at the University of Michigan Health System say that although boys and girls are both ready to start potty training at the same age (between 24 and 27 months), boys aren’t often fully trained until a couple months after girls (29 months for girls, and 31 months for boys). Remember that this is just an average, however, and reasons aren’t very clear.
If your two-year-old is still in diapers, and a well-meaning (but annoying) relative tells you that her children were already toilet trained at that age, she may be telling you the truth. There is no question that the age at which children are potty trained has gone up in the United States over the last 50 to 75 years.
While there may be cultural and economic forces at work, two major factors have contributed to this shift: the disposable diaper and a better understanding of child readiness.