Everyday Mums Talk About Toilet Training (Potty Training): Boys vs Girls

Childhood 101 | Toilet Training (Potty Training) Tips- Part 3 Toilet Training Boys vs Girls

Welcome to part 3 of our toilet training series, where everyday mums share their experiences. Today our Mums are talking about equipment and differences between boys and girls…

What essential ‘equipment’ did you need for toilet training?

  • A potty (for home), pull ups (for outings) and patience!! CO
  • Time, and a whole lot of undies. Oh, and a a few old cloth nappies in easy to reach places in case anyone needs to clean up a puddle or two. KF
  • Underpants! A potty to take to the shops, park, etc. With my youngest we got steps for the big toilet because she is so fiercely independent! SH
  • A spray bottle of carpet cleaner, lots of cloths and patience.  We bought a potty that was fun to use.  It played songs and had a flush lever that made a flush noise.  This was all well and good but I ended up turning off the noise as it was very distracting and they both preferred to play with the songs, levers, etc than actually doing their business! TW
  • Not a lot. Knickers, a potty, lots of wipes! AH
  • None really. I encouraged them to use the big toilet straight away but that was a personal thing where I HATE potties! SP

Do you think there are differences between training boys and girls?

  • We taught our son to wee sitting down (potty had a shield for boys) so the same principles applied.  Then we had a second stage, teaching him to wee standing up (that’s messy!) TW
  • Yes. I am only in the early days of toilet training with my son but already I can already see differences (other than the obvious)!  He thinks differently to his sister, reacts differently to situations, and responds to different forms of praise. CO
  • Not for me, no. SP
  • For us there was a marked difference, but not because of their gender. The girls have had long standing issues with immature sphincter muscles and this contributed to them not being physically able to control their bladder until they were a lot older (just after they turned 4). KF

What were your toilet training ‘equipment’ requirements? What are your tips for training boys, or girls?

Great big thanks for sharing so generously go to Shae (Mum to 3 girls), Tanya (Mum to a pigeon pair), Amanda (Mum to 2 girls), Kate (Mum to 4 – two of each), Cath (Mum to 1+1) and Sarah (Mum to 2 boys and 1 girl).

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  1. We have been through a lot of popsicles trying to teach my son to poop. We all have needed them to make it through.

  2. Zoey @ Good Goog says:

    I basically stayed home for two weeks, committed the toddler to a period of nudity (it was summer) and got rid of all awake time nappies/pull ups/training paints. And she was pretty much trained by the end of it.

  3. I found when the time was right the most essential tool I needed was “courage”. Courage to step out that door with my son in underwear. It helped knowing I had a change of pants, underwear, wipes, towel and plastic bag in my handbag for any accidents!

  4. I had to toilet train twins- one boy and one girl. What I did was wait until summer, took their nappies off and let them walk around bare (at home that is!) and I put two of those little portable toilets for kids by the door in the family room so they could reach it quickly whenever they could. My girl was terrific, she sat on her “toilet” all day because she thought she was just so grown-up, lol! My boy was the exact opposite, he just wee’d wherever he stood for the first day or so until he got the hang of what it was all about. It was quite an experience, but they were ready for it. I just had to prepare myself for cleaning up lots of accidents and emptying their little toilets constantly, but it was worth it.

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