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I’ve potty trained two boys and have a third ready to start training in the next few months. Before potty training the boys, people would tell me their war stories. I also felt intense pressure to have my first child potty trained by a certain point in time.
With the second child, a lot of my insecurities had passed and as I prepare to potty train my youngest, I feel confident in my abilities to guide my child from being diaper dependent to a prince of the potty. I wanted to share with you my best tips for potty training boys, so you can spend more time celebrating your child’s successes instead of cleaning of their messes.
Follow Your Child’s Lead
When we started training with our first, we chose to start training based on an arbitrary date instead of following his lead to see when he was ready for training. After training (on and off) over 6 months, our doctor said that kids will let you know when they are ready – and that he didn’t usually even try with boys until age 3.
You know, he was right. While the little girls in the class were trained at 27 or so months, most of the little boys were still comfortably diapered nearing or at age 3.
Consider Training When it is Warm Outside
Confession time. I trained both of my boys outside. A weekend of playing outside in a diaper had the boys trained pretty well. Our first was potty trained in the Florida Keys. We allowed him to run around my father-in-law’s yard, watering the palm trees and staking his territory against the iguanas. Our second was trained in a weekend at home. We kept him downstairs (and off the couch!) and spent lots of time playing outside.
Choose a Potty That is the Right Size
My middle son would have been trained 6 months before his third birthday, except one time when “practicing” sitting on the potty he fell in. For months after that he was terrified of the potty. However, we were able to overcome his fears by buying a permanent potty seat that has 2 seats – a regular seat, and a smaller seat that flips down on top. Now there are no worries about falling in, and I like that we don’t have a potty seat to store in our bathrooms.
Stock Up on Charmin Ultra Soft for Comfort
Potty training is a process. Once the diapers were out of my house, I realized my job was not done. For the year or two after diapers, the boys needed assistance wiping. Charmin® Ultra Soft is as soft as a mother’s touch, which will comfort your little big kid as he transitions from his diapered days to pottying solo. Sam’s Club is truly my favorite place to stock up on potty training essentials, and for a limited time they have turned their toilet paper aisle into a sea of blue with Charmin® Ultra Soft. Each pack has an extra 1000 sheets – amazing, right??
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