For Boys Only: 10 Toilet Teaching Tips

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For Boys Only: 10 Toilet Teaching Tips
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 9:25am

For Boys Only: 10 Toilet Training Tips

by Vicki Lansky
Excerpted from Toilet Training: A Practical Guide to Daytime and Nighttime Training,,9mwf,00.html

Aiming takes practice. When a little boy starts urinating in a standing position, be prepared to wipe up (and/or have him wipe up) around the toilet.

• Show the boy how to point his penis down to avoid spraying the room whether by sitting down or standing up. (If a little girl wants to urinate standing up, explain it doesn’t work but let her try anyway if she wants to.)

• Teach the boy to aim accurately by having him "sink the battleship." Float the corner of the envelope or a piece of toilet paper in the toilet and have him aim at it. (Cheerios, we hear, are also popular for target practice!)

• Or drain the water from the toilet bowl and paint a red target with fingernail polish on the porcelain toward the back. Or use a red grease pencil.

• Urinating into the "blue" toilet bowel water will turn it green. (This works with girls, to, but it’s harder to see.)

• In the summertime, and in the privacy of a backyard or woods, let a boy practice his aim.

• Let fathers and sons have a "peeing party."

• In the winter let a boy "write in the snow."

• If a little boy wants to stand but needs to be a bit taller, stand behind him and let him stand on your feet.

• Be sure the toilet seat can't fall down on a young boy in these early stages. Have your child check to be sure that the seat is up securely before he urinates.

• Start teaching your son NOW that the toilet rim needs to be placed down after he's finished.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 12:41pm

While the above tips are correct,it is always better to finish poop training first.

Learning to stand to pee before they are proficient with pooping in the potty,normally causes very slow poop training.

Learning to stand is a process that is natural,they will learn it from dad,siblings and school chums.

Many Blessings.


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Registered: 02-03-2009
Tue, 02-03-2009 - 5:23pm
Thanks for these tips. I had heard of the cheerios thing, but never thought to make little sailing ships or to use colored water so it changes color. We're having a heck of a time with our three year old... so I hope some of these will help!