Potty training a child is no stroll through a buttercup meadow on an ordinary day, but potty training a boy presents an additional issue: standing or sitting? For parents who are biting their nails at this moment, relax: neither is right or wrong. Each one presents its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Pick what works best for your family and don’t sweat the small stuff.
For most of us, the word “urinal” conjures up a porcelain receptacle in some anonymous men’s bathroom. But did you know you can actually buy a toddler urinal for your home? Many manufacturers make them these days. Some are designed to be free-standing units while others clip on to the rim of your existing toilet. They’re lightweight, easy to empty and easy to clean. Best of all, they’re made just right for your little man’s height.
While toddler urinals are a useful invention for teaching your son how to pee just like his dad, most experts agree that you should begin potty training in the seated position. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests letting your son learn how to use the potty first to make things more simple. Instead of him having to recognize the difference between needing to pee and needing to poop, and then figure out which position he’s supposed to be in for either, simply teaching him to sit for both makes the learning process easier. And less messy.
Standing Comes Later
Don’t give up on the toddler urinal just yet. The folks over at Potty Scotty rounded up a slew of advice from the experts, from Dr. T. Berry Brazelton to Meg Zweiiback, author of “Keys to Toilet Training,” and the opinion is unanimous: potty train him sitting down first, but once he’s got the hang of it, teach him how to go standing up. The key is waiting until he’s ready. Once he notices what his dad and big brothers can do — and then realizes he can do it too — the progression towards standing up will be natural.
Don’t Forget the Rest!
Try not to get so caught up in the excitement of potty training that you forget success means more than great aim. Remember to also teach your little man the importance of wiping, flushing and washing his hands, says the Mayo Clinic. Don’t get too distraught if things aren’t going as quickly as you’d like them to. It may be that your child simply isn’t ready for potty training. If you’ve had several weeks of failed attempts, take a break. It’s okay to try again in a few months.