When it comes to raising little boys, I’m learning as I go. I guess I could say the same about raising a little girl, but being a girl myself (and having three younger sisters) I feel like I have a lot more experience in that department.
When it came time to potty-train Lil’ J it was a piece of cake. She liked going into the bathroom and sitting on the toilet, and when we bought her Pull-ups, she didn’t want to pee on the princesses, so she was sure to make it to the toilet. I hardly remember the diaper-to-undies transition because it went so fast with not much stress on my part. Basically I took her lead.
Big T is now 18 months old and he also loves going into the bathroom… To flush the toilet a dozen times and see what can sink or float in the toilet. He also will lift up his shirt as if he needs to go to the bathroom, and let me sit him on the potty (fully clothed) until he says “all done.”
Since he’s showing such an interest, and this is about the time I started to capitalize with Lil’ J (I think… or maybe she was closer to/ already two, I need to re-read my journal entries). I’m debating taking his diaper off and seeing if he will go. But when I explained to my husband my technique with setting him on the toilet, I was surprised by his reaction.
He says: Why are you setting him on the toilet? He’s suppose to stand up.
She says: Are you sure? That seems a little difficult at his age.
He says: Well, we should probably wait until he’s older because yea, he should pee standing up.
She says: Ok well, then you can teach him then since you know so much.
I’m not a boy, and the only thing I know about potty training boys are the tips I’ve heard about putting cheerios in the toilet for them to aim for while they pee. But I asked a couple of my girlfriends (one who is a mom of two potty-trained boys, and another who is just more informed than I am) and they laughed at our conversation.
“No, boys do not start off potty training while standing up, that’s too hard and it would just go everywhere,” they said. I thought about it and realized that my son is just tall enough to look in the toilet, much less pee in it. And even if I did get some kind of stool for him to stand on, there’s no way he’d know what to hold or how to aim.
I chuckle now thinking of my sweet husband thinking “Oh no, my boy’s gonna pee standing up!” (though of course that was not his tone at all). I really do hope he takes the reigns with potty training this time though because from what I hear boys can be more challenging… And messy.
What say you?