Potty Training Boys – I was talking to some friends over messenger today about potty training and it suddenly occurred to me how easy we had it with Monkey. So I thought I would share how we went about potty training. But before I do this is just our experience I am no where near an expert in these matters and every child will do it their way in their own time. I think we probably just got very, very lucky.

How we did Potty Training

I decided pretty early on that we would take it very slow and let Monkey tell us when he was ready. Having  watched another mum I know try to train her daughter so she could be the ‘first’ to have a child out of nappies. It was hell. Mum was stressed, daughter was stressed and it took a long time, almost three months. I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew I wasn’t doing to that way.

In fact I was planning on waiting until his third birthday having been told that boys tend to go later. Plus as Monkey has a June Birthday, Summer months were much more appealing – running around the garden any accidents would be a lot easier to clear up. Monkey had other ideas and we ended up going dry in March, he turned three the following June.

Getting ready to Potty Training Boys

So heres what we did – Preparation – we put a lot of work in before hand:

  • Work with the nursery – he was in childcare three days a week so it was important they were on board and understood what we were trying to do and how we were doing it. Our nursery was really good and were lead by us and Monkey, neither forcing the issue or holding him back
  • Go into pull ups early – we actually started using pull ups a couple of months or so before. I had intended on using them up to the Summer. We had brought the ones with a well know cartoon character on them. Obviously they are a lot more attractive to a little boy and he loved them straight off. Initially I used them like nappies (I know expensive) but in my head I was trying not to introduce too many changes at once. Over a period of time I would give him the option to sit on the potty or big toilet. I made no fuss over a dirty pull up and just let him decide what he wanted to do.
  • Choose a potty – we went shopping together to buy one, he chose it. It was blue (his favourite colour), it sat in the downstairs loo, in the kitchen, in the lounge, upstairs. Basically all around the house. I didn’t want him to be scared of it. It was his, he owned it and could do what he wanted with it. Again I did this three months before we actually started training. Sometimes he would sit on it before getting in the bath, sometimes he didn’t want to. If he didn’t want to that was fine, I would just say maybe another time. I wanted him to feel as though he is in control. Having read somewhere they will do it when they wanted to. I needed him to want to do it. If by some fluke he peed in it when he sat on it we made a huge fuss. I mean a huge fuss Daddy even had a wee dance! We had intended to decorate it with stickers but in the end he chose not to, but it might be something you want to consider.
  • Buy big boy pants – again we went shopping and I allowed him to choose his own. He loved Thomas the Tank at the time so thats what we ended up with. I made it a big deal and we talked about them loads with friends and family.
  • Talk  & read about it – I brought a book called Pete’s Potty and we read it every night before bed, it became one of his favourites. We also talked about using the potty and the toilet. About flushing and where the water goes and washing hands. We talked about it a lot! He’s a boy! They like talking about poo.
  • Take him to the loo when out – because he was in pull ups it was easy to sit him on the toilet when either I or Hubby went. It soon became fun with Monkey requesting that his grandparents take him if they happened to be with us. I am sure this helped as when we did it for real he was already use to going into public toilets, was use to them and saw it as a bit of a game.


Doing it – Eek I was scared – Potty Training Boys

  • Monkey lead the way – we continued with the talk, pull ups and sitting on the potty and toilet. We weren’t training or calling it potty training in anyway. Until one day he wanted to wear his pants. So we let him and decided to stay house bound that day. But did everything else we would do normally, I had to stop myself asking every five minutes if he needed a wee. Instead I probably asked every hour! We had one accident that  first day – he got too caught up playing. Encouraged we went out and about the following day.
  • Travel Potty – I had brought a travel potty, more for my piece of mind than his. It also doubled as a toilet seat. It helped me when we were out an about as I knew I had an option when there was no toilet to be found. In those first days we used it a lot.
  • Chocolate buttons – every time he had a wee on the toilet he got a giant chocolate button. This motivation worked well. However I felt as though poos needed to be awarded further as I was paranoid he would save them up and get ill because he didn’t want to go. So we brought little models of the Disney planes. Every time he had a poo on the loo he would get one. Once you have done something seven times it becomes a habit. When we ran out of planes we just carried on.. I think he probably only ever had one or two poos on the potty we moved to the loo pretty quickly with number 2s!
  • Night-time -I didn’t know you weren’t meant to do day and night time at the same time. But we did and it worked fine. We would make sure he went to the toilet before going to bed. We kept night time pull ups on for two weeks or so after starting potty training during the day. But he soon wanted to wear his pants to bed so we thought what the heck and let him (he was dry during the day at this time). He had a couple of accidents that first week but after that nothing.

Now he did have accidents don’t get me wrong but we have never had a poo one at home. I think the whole potty training process probably was just less than two weeks. I classed success as three days on the trott without an accident and he did it. More importantly he did it when he was ready, we had put a lot of prep in to get him mentally there but really he did the whole thing himself. Not bad for a boy!

Have you got any tips? I would love to hear about them in the comments below as I’m sure Kipper will be a whole different story!


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  1. I’ve not known anyone who has had the perfect experience with potty training. Some I know got so stressed as other mums boasted how quickly their child took to it. Like you say let the child take the lead. Some great tips here, travel potty brilliant #DreamTeam

    • Completely agree, I was determined not to be stressed by it. One of the best things we weaver brought definitely helped my stress levels! Thanks for stopping by X

  2. I enjoyed your post – we are considering getting our son potty trained soon as he’s showing signs of readiness and is turning 3 in August. We have had some trial days in previous months with no success but I think we probably are moving in the right direction!

  3. Why are people in such a rush to get their children potty trained first! ? We’ve followed A’s lead from day one though I do need to make an effort now as he won’t wear pull-ups or pants and will only go on potty if he’s naked! Not ideal for out & about. #bloggerclubuk

  4. theirishbabyfairy Reply

    Totally dreading all this ahead but you’ve made it sound doable! Thanks, you’ve helped the fear!!! #BloggerClubUK

  5. Bookmarking this! I’m currently trying to get my little one more interested in potty training. He’s showing signs he’s ready but won’t act on it yet so it’s a little harder to start when he’s all for it one minute and the next it’s Tantrum central at the sight of a potty or pull up pants. #BloggerClubUK

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Yeah it must be, I hope he gets more consistent for you soon. Great that he’s showing signs though 🙂 and thank you for stopping by x

  6. Double the Monkey Business Reply

    I used chocolate at first, then we realised my little boy had incredible control. He would wee a little, come for a treat, then go back to the toilet. He would repeat a couple of times to get maximum treats lol! We quickly moved to a sticker chart ha ha! #BloggerClubUK

  7. Some great advice. When potty training our son it took forever he was a lot more difficult than our daughter #bloggerclubuk

    • I’ve heard boys are more difficult than girls which is why I didn’t want to get stressed with it, having no experience to draw on as such! Thanks for stopping by x

  8. rightroyalmother Reply

    Such a cliche but it really pays off to wait until they’re ready. These are great tips – with my son (not yet one) I’m definitely going to work with nursery and get him in pull ups when I feel he’s ready and not before. #bloggerclubuk

  9. Great tips. I’ve had my problems with both my son and daughter when potty training, thank goodness I don’t have to do it again! x #BloggerClubUK

  10. I really need to start this with L soon. He was showing lots of good signs but he he seems super attached to his nappies, requesting to wear them! I love the little planes as rewards though, that could really work with him. Great tips. #BloggerClubUK

  11. Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn Reply

    We just got through this stage unscathed and with our sanity, kind of, in tact! We did the same with having the potty out before hand in the bathroom so he could see what it was for, but I pretty much jumped in guns blazing! I took away the nappies and that was that, I did both day and night together and luckily we had no accidents at night since starting, but like you I made sure he went before falling asleep, I also cut his fluid intake an hour before bed. It took us about a month before he would tell us he needed to go properly. Two months in we still sometimes have accidents but I suppose that’s bound to happen x #BloggerClubUK

    • Wow sounds like it went really well 🙂 espically night time – I do wonder if it’s easier to do them together? We got the odd accident after too, mainly when he was too engrossed in what he was doing but I could count them on two hands! Thanks for stopping by great to hear about your success story xx

  12. Potty training has to have been my least fun experience ever, so far! And I’ve got it all to come again soon :/ Some very helpful suggestions here – thank you. I am amazed that Monkey managed to go dry at night so soon as well – top marks! 🙂
    x Alice

    • Thanks lovely, must admit I’m not looking forward to doing it again I’m not sure you get lucky twice! Hope it goes well for you, and thanks for stopping by xx

  13. ah sounds fab and brilliant re the night time. I think we could go pull up free at night as he wakes up and goes in the night – I just haven’t bitten the bullet yet. we are still struggling with poos a bit though and I think he holds them :/ #BloggerClubUK

  14. Doing loads of prep work is a fab idea. We got a bit stuck when Little Buttons previous childminder wouldn’t do potty training with her, but she was ready and would ask for the toilet. I think it can really hold them back when everyone’s not on board. Once she switched to a different childcare provider, it was almost an overnight process. There were accidents, like you mention, but things went very quickly from there. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam

    • That’s annoying – afterall survey she would benefit from it too? Great that you found someone more helpful!! Thanks for stopping by xx

  15. thebusymom13 Reply

    Hi – loved the post! I used the 3-day method with my son, whom I thought would NEVER get trained. He was more stubborn about potty training than he has been about anything else in his short little life! You can check it out at this link: http://click0913.startpt.hop.clickbank.net

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