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Boys do not need to urinate standing up. During toilet training, boys, like girls, should learn to pee sitting down. Essentially all toilet training experts agree about this.
There are many reasons to teach boys to urinate sitting:
• Most people urinate when they have a bowel movement, immediately before, or . The two are associated naturally and trying to separate them makes learning more difficult.
• Standing to urinate involves more skills.
• Most boys of toilet training age will have difficulty aiming accurately.
• Even if they can aim, boys may not want to. Either way, this means more work for parents who must clean up.
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.
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.