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Experts share that kids tend to be ready to potty train between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old. That’s a wide range! The average age when kids start the process is 27 months.

Your little boy may be ready for potty training if he:

  • can walk to and sit on the toilet
  • can pull his pants off and back on again
  • can stay dry for an extended period of time, like 2 hours
  • can follow basic instructions
  • can tell you or otherwise communicate that he needs to use the potty
  • seems interested in using the potty and/or in wearing underwear

Boys tend to develop readiness skills slightly later than girls. For example, girls — on average — are able to go the night without having a bowel movement by 22 months, according to American Family Physician.

Boys tend to develop this skill by 25 months. Similarly, girls gain the ability to pull underwear down and back up by 29.5 months on average. Boys tend to develop this skill by 33.5 months.

These are, of course, averages and don’t reflect the development of any one child.

Related: What’s the average age for potty training boys and girls?

How long will it take for my child to be completely potty trained?

How long it takes to potty train your boy depends less on being a boy and more on his readiness and personality.

Your pediatrician will likely bring the subject up at your child’s 18- or 24-month well visit. Since all kids are different, the length of training will reflect your child’s individuality.

Experts share that no matter when you start, most children — girls and boys — are able to control both their bladder and bowels somewhere between their third and fourth birthdays.

So, if you start a while before this period, training may seem like it’s taking longer. If you wait a while, it may seem to click more quickly.

One study showed that parents who started training their child before the age of 24 months saw a 68 percent success rate by 36 months. Parents who began training after 24 months, on the other hand, saw a 54 percent success rate by 36 months. That’s not a huge difference.

Other studies show that the earlier you start potty training, the earlier you tend to complete it. However, the overall duration of training may be longer the earlier you start.

But there are always exceptions to the rules. You won’t really know until you try. So, here’s how to go about potty training with (hopefully) little frustration.

Step 1: Decide on a method

Before taking away the diapers and going cold turkey, you’ll want to figure out your specific approach. There are many out there, from more of a wait-and-see approach to more intense potty bootcamps.

Some popular examples:

There’s really no right or wrong method to go with. What you choose should fit the needs of your child and your family. If one approach doesn’t seem to work, you can always take a break and try another.

When choosing, consider things like:

  • the amount of time you have to devote to training
  • the readiness of your child
  • how the method fits into your everyday life

While you’re at it, it’s a good idea to decide ahead of time on what words you’ll use for the, uh, waste products. “Poop” and “pee” are fine, but you may have others you prefer. The books you read may have other suggestions. Regardless, it’s important to not use words with negative connotations, like “stinky” or “dirty.”

Related: How to use the 3-day potty training method

Step 2: Gather all necessary supplies 

Supplies for boys might include things like a potty chair that has a splash guard to keep stray streams of urine in the toilet and off your walls. (We’re sorry if we’re the ones to break this to you!)

The Baby Bjorn chair is a popular choice. You can also get a potty seat that nests into your toilet if you’d rather not have a dedicated chair. (But reality check FYI: It may be helpful to place a potty right in the living room if that’s where you spend the most time.)

Other supplies for boys:

You may also want to get a few extras on hand, like small prizes or treats for added motivation. While you certainly don’t need to give your child a toy every time he successfully goes to the potty, some kids respond well to a magnetic reward chart or sticker chart.

Related: Can a behavior chart help motivate my child?

Step 3: Set a start date and begin

Ready, set, go!

Have everything you need? Great! Decide the day you’ll start potty training and then dive in. Mark it on the calendar. Make it fun. Consider leading up to the day by watching potty-focused episodes of your child’s favorite television show or reading books on the matter. Don’t dwell on it, but be sure to let your little guy know what’s coming so it isn’t a huge surprise.

You may want to stick close to home for a few days to avoid accidents on the go. Consider setting your start date on a weekend or when you have a little time off from work. You may also find that training in the summer months is helpful because your child can go without clothing or pants, which can help with his awareness that he needs to go.

Other tips for starting:

  • Try having your child use the potty upon waking, after he eats his meals, and before bedtime. Scheduling potty breaks may help him get into a good rhythm.
  • Be sure to watch your child carefully — he may give you clues he needs to go, like crossing his legs or bouncing.
  • Instruct your child to sit on the potty and point his penis down to direct the flow of urine into the toilet.
  • Alternatively, you can use a practice urinal if you prefer. Focus on having your child aim the urine into the potty to avoid spraying on floors and walls.
  • Don’t have your boy sit on the potty for more than 5 minutes at a time. If it’s not happening, take a break and try again later.
  • Practice good hygiene. You’ll want to help him wipe well after bowel movements. And have him wash his hands each time he goes.

Related: Potty training must-haves and tips

Step 4: Take your show on the road

Once your child is reliably using the potty at home, try taking small outing. This is a big step you’ll both be proud of! You’ll probably want to bring a change of clothing… just in case. And make sure to have him use the toilet immediately before leaving the house and immediately upon arriving at your destination.

You may even want to invest in something like a portable urinal or folding travel potty seat for going, well, on the go.

It can feel intimidating taking your child out the first few times. Accidents may happen. So if you need to be somewhere particularly inconvenient for training (a wedding, perhaps), put him in a pull-up style diaper, again, just in case.

Step 5: Work on standing

A boy can sit on the potty to go pee, but you may eventually want to teach him how to stand and aim. There’s no specific age where this needs to happen, and many young boys go sitting down.

Otherwise, a small urinal can be helpful because it’s the right size. Tinkle Time Targets or even just Cheerios cereal may be handy accessories to make aiming fun.

Uncircumcised boys may have a harder time directing the flow of urine. Either way, though, it can be tough to get the hang of things. Here are a few tips for teaching your child to pee standing up:

  • Have him stand close to the toilet to shorten the range. This makes aiming easier.
  • Have him hold the “far end” of his penis while he aims his pee into the toilet.
  • Consider making a game of it and practicing with the potty or urinal outside if a mess indoors is freaking you out.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Really, the only way he’ll get it is by doing it over and over again.

Related: Circumcised versus uncircumcised

Step 6: Toss the diapers!

After your child has been successfully going on the potty for a few weeks, you may try switching to underwear full time. Involve your kid in this process. Let him pick out prints or characters that excite him and make him feel like the special big potty trained boy he is.

You may find it helpful to stock a good number of pairs of underwear in the early days so you’re not doing laundry constantly. Consider getting enough so you have several pairs for each day of the week.

And don’t necessarily toss all diapers. You’ll likely still need some around for naps and nighttime — at least for a while.

Step 7: Work on nights last 

That’s right! You may be surprised to learn that many kids are trained in two phases — daytime and nighttime. Daytime generally comes first with kids using diapers for naps and overnight sleep.

Most kids should be able to stay dry or use the bathroom at night by the time they reach the age of 5 to 7 years old.

Things you can do to help:

  • Limit water and other beverages in the hours before bedtime.
  • Encourage your child to use the potty before heading to bed.
  • Top your child’s mattress with a protector to guard against leaks and accidents.
  • Remind yourself that nighttime training is a whole other ballgame and that eventually your child will get into the groove.

Tips for keeping your sanity

Potty training can be downright maddening at times. And there’s really no way around it. Your child may seem to get it one day only to have countless accidents the next.

Or maybe it’s a breeze. There’s really no way of telling ahead of time what it will be like — and each child is different in timeline and readiness.

Before all else, try your hardest not to compare your child to his siblings or friends. Once you ditch the expectations and accept the process for what it is, you may feel less jolted by bumps in the road.

Other tips:

  • Frequent accidents? Try your best not to shame or scold him. Clean up the mess (involve your child, too) and move on. Continue giving him praise whenever his pee or poop ends up in the toilet.
  • Rogue accidents? Understand that even after your child is potty trained, you may hit some bumps in the road. A few accidents every now and again aren’t necessarily regressions. When they happen, try to pinpoint if your child was distracted, sick, or otherwise not in his element that day.
  • Worried he’ll never stand? Try having him sit facing the back of the toilet seat. This gets him into the mode while still allowing him to relax for bowel movements — and it limits stray sprays.
  • Scared to leave the house? Try going to a friend or family member’s place for the first couple outings. Pack a bag in case of accidents, but keep the stakes low. Similarly, you can head to an outdoor space like a park where accidents may not be noticed.
  • Soaking pull-ups? For some kids, these diapers meant to bridge the gap during potty training can confuse. Some boys respond better to going commando or switching to underwear full time from the start.
  • What about day care? Be sure to communicate your plans and methods with your care provider. The ideal is that you can keep training consistent at home and wherever your little one finds himself during the day. And trust us, day care staff have seen it all.
  • Not working out? In general, consistency is key, so be sure to stick to whatever method you’ve chosen for the time period it suggests. If you’re totally consistent and it’s just not clicking, consider your approach. The method you’re trying may not be speaking to your child and his motivations.
  • Really not working out? Take the pressure off and see if maybe you should wait a while longer. No, this doesn’t mean your child will graduate high school wearing diapers. Try again in a few weeks or months. He may just need some more time to develop this skill.

How To Keep Baby Boy From Peeing Outside Diaper

1. Become a speed diaper changer

This first tip is probably the most important thing to master but it is easier said than done.

If you think about it the only real time you are in danger of being sprayed is when the diaper is off. That means you need to minimize the amount of time your boy is free from the diaper and get the new one on as quickly as possible! New parents, especially, can be a little awkward and slow during their first diaper changes because everything is so new.

Don’t worry!

A little bit of preparation before the change will go a long way. Be sure to have new diapers, wipes, and anything else you will need BEFORE you start the change.

My favorite method is to place the new diaper under your baby and then simply slide the old one out as quickly as possible once you undo it. At that point, you’ll be able to cover your baby’s pee-pee with the new diaper right away. Check out the video below for a demonstration:

The biggest and most obvious downside to this method is that it won’t work at all if your baby pooped. In that case, you’ll have to slow things down and wipe up the dirty butt before you can bring the new diaper into play. For quick wet diaper changes, however, this is king!

2. Make your baby pee before changing him

This is a neat trick that many parents probably haven’t thought about. Some people call it the cold activation method or the cold air trick.

Basically, we are going to try and outsmart your baby and mother nature by getting your baby to pee before changing him so he won’t be able to do it while we work. I’m not a scientist so I don’t understand completely how it works but exposing your boy’s privates to the cold will often get them to pee immediately. Once they have done their business, your diaper change will be much safer. Here are a couple of ways you can try to accomplish this:

  • Open the diaper and let some cool air in. You could try using a paper fan to help this along.
  • Take a cold wipe and rub it on your baby’s lower tummy.
  • Throw a wet washcloth in the freezer for a minute and then place it under the edge of the diaper.

Another thing to consider is when your baby is likely to pee naturally. Especially as they get older, boys will naturally start to hold a little pee overnight and will likely need to pee more first thing in the morning. This could be an extra dangerous time if you aren’t ready!

3. Keep your baby boy warm during the diaper change

If making your baby cold seems cruel or weird then you can use the same idea in reverse.

Rather than wiping your boy down with a cold wipe or letting a lot of breeze inside the diaper during the change I want you to keep things as warm as possible. Change your baby in the warmest room in the house, perhaps near a heater, and consider using a wipe warmer (like this one) to make sure the wipe is nice and toasty.

Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer with an Integrated Nightlight

  • Keeps baby wipes fresh, moist and free from discoloration

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Taking these precautions may help prevent your baby boy from feeling the urge to pee until after you’ve gotten the new diaper on!

By the way, I’ve looked at all the pros and cons of getting a wipe warmer and created a resource that you can find right here. They will certainly help keep your little man warm during a change!

4. Check for visual cues that your boy is about to pee

This one might sound a little weird but if you want to avoid getting peed on then you will pay attention to all of these tips!

After getting showered a few times I realized that my boy was giving me an early warning clue just before he started to pee with his diaper off. If you pay close attention to your boy’s penis then you will notice that it will stick straight out just before he is about to let it go.

If you see this happen, abort the mission and keep it covered. Once your baby is done peeing you can resume the diaper change and feel pretty confident that you are in the clear!

5. Cover your boy’s privates with the new diaper, a wipe, burp cloth, etc.

This is a pretty obvious tip but I constantly see parents that aren’t doing this for whatever reason.

While covering up your baby boy won’t completely avoid him making a mess it will help minimize that you or the rest of the room will get sprayed. By placing the new diaper, wipe, burp cloth, blanket, towel, or whatever over his pee-pee you’ll be able to soak up the pee quickly and avoid spreading it around.

Out of the group I prefer to use the new diaper just to keep things simple during a quick wet diaper change but a poopy diaper change is a different story. For poopy diapers, everything has to slow down as you wipe up the poop and covering your baby becomes less practical. Plus you run the risk of getting poop all over whatever you use to cover up so keep that in mind so you don’t have extra laundry to do or wasted diapers.

The ideal strategy is to prevent your baby from peeing during the change if at all possible by using some of the earlier tips.

7. Avoid pee guards like Weeblocks, Peepee Teepees, and other gimmicks

If you perform a quick search on how to prevent your baby boy from peeing on you then you will inevitably find a lot of pee guard-type products that claim to get the job done. Essentially, they are ready-made coverings that you place over your boy’s penis to prevent the pee from going all over the place. They are usually adorably cute pieces of cloth or absorbent material and many of them are even washable and reusable.

While they could certainly be useful in some situations I feel as though they are gimmicks that waste time and money.

The biggest problem with these is that they aren’t really any more effective than just using a cloth you already have at your changing station and in many cases, they won’t last as long as you think they will. Looking at reviews online shows that most people have mixed experiences and generally felt like they weren’t helpful.

If you get them as a gift at a baby shower then feel free to give them a whirl but I would put my focus on being smart about the diaper change and preventing your baby from peeing altogether.

8. Have a failsafe in place in case of total failure

There is an old saying that even the best plans don’t survive an encounter with the enemy and that can definitely be said about changing a boy’s diaper without getting peed on.

Acknowledging the potential for failure is a smart move and with that in mind, you should have at least one failsafe in place in case everything goes wrong. At our house, we like to put a big, thick towel down in the baby changing area. This ensures that we have something at hand to soak up pee and prevent it from getting into the carpet, changing table, couch, or whatever we are changing little one on. If you really need protection then be sure to find something made of baby-safe plastic or rubber that won’t let any urine get past it onto delicate surfaces.

Hopefully, you’ve found at least a few of these tips useful. Good luck on your next diaper-changing adventure and stay dry!

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