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The Next Step: Potty Training at Night

My daughter has mastered potty training during the day. She does not need a diaper, she tells us when she needs to use the bathroom and has gone more than a year since her last major accident.
That is during the day, though. At night – and naptime – she needs to wear a diaper because she will likely go to the bathroom. She complains every time we put it on, saying she hates wearing it and begs us not to wear one. We fight back because any time we’ve given in and let her try to sleep without a diaper, she ends up wetting the bed.
We expect this. Potty training at night is a different animal than during the day. Our daughter is asleep, and her body is not trained to wake her up if she has to go. As a result, she still needs a diaper.

4 potty training tips for you and your spouse

4 Potty Training Tips for You and Your Spouse

One of the big things about guys is that we like to do things on our own. To our exasperated wives, it often seems like “just let me do that” were the REAL first words out of our mouths.

A word to the wise, though: potty training is unlike anything you’ve done before. And if you think you should handle it on your own, you’re out of your mind.

Sure, single dads don’t have a lot of choices, but if you and your wife live under the same roof, it’s important you learn how to tag team this whole potty training challenge.

We’ve made it easy for you; here’s four ways to get started!

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How to Teach Boys to Pee Standing Up

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.

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Potty Training with Consistency and Repetition

The first day of potty training did not go well. My wife and I told my then two-year-old daughter that we felt like she needed to walk over to the toilet, pull down her underwear and use the bathroom.

For us adults, it seemed incredibly simple. To a toddler, not so much. Despite asking my daughter almost every five minutes if she needed to use the bathroom, she said she was okay. She would then pee on the floor. It was an imperfect process that showed its flaws.

5 numbers to know before you start potty training

Potty Training Schedule: 5 Numbers to Know Before Potty Training

One stereotype about guys that happens to be true is that we like numbers. We’re not always good with feelings and emotions, but we’re happy with any cold, hard facts we can get our hands on.

This is true for potty training our kids as well. There are a lot of “experts” out there, but it can be hard to get any real data that you can use.

These are the kinds of numbers you need to make potty training easier, but they are hard to find. Fortunately, we’ve put together a definitive guide to five numbers to know before you start potty training your kid.

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4 Weird Potty Training Myths You Need to Bust

Myths are funny things. Sometimes, they are just a matter of simple repetition: you hear something enough times, and you think it’s true. Other times, they are a function of hope: you want to believe something is true, so you cling to anyone who agrees with you.

With potty training, it’s a little of “column A” and a little of “column B.” There are many myths passed down by our friends, family, and community…and there’s quite a few that we fathers cling to because we’re terrified of potty training our kid!

However, it’s time to rip the band-aid off and face reality. Here are four of the biggest potty training myths and the dirty truth behind them!

Potty Training: Preschool Potty Training Policy

As my wife and I started to think about potty training, almost every online resource gave the same advice: wait for the child to tell you they are ready. This could be the child saying they no longer want to wear diapers, or a desire to use the toilet like mom and dad.
While I have no doubt this is the best advice, my wife and I found ourselves in a slightly different situation. We had a deadline.

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Adult to Adult: What Potty Training Is Really Like

When my wife and I had our first child, my mom made an interesting point. Parenting never really gets easier, but the challenges change as the child changes. When they are a newborn, the struggle is to keep them fed and asleep while anticipating their needs. When they become a toddler, it is keeping them safe as they learn to navigate the world. The challenges continue as they grow.
The same is true for potty training. Compared to those first days when the child sleeps at odd hours and demands food at the weirdest of times, potty training is a breeze. Parents will deal with things that are much more complicated.

4 potty training mistakes every father should avoid

4 Potty Training Mistakes Every Father Should Avoid

Chances are you like to get everything right the first time. Moreover, you like to do things on your own. That’s part of being a guy: we pretty much invented not asking for help!

When it comes to potty training, getting everything right is more important than ever. Mistakes translate to messy kids, messy clothes, and an even messier home. You want to avoid as many rookie mistakes as possible.

Fortunately, we’ve got the definitive guide to the potty training mistakes to avoid at all costs.