Boys, am I right, ladies? They’re sweet, rambunctious, emotional, dramatic – yes, that’s right, everything girls are when they’re toddlers – but when it comes to their private parts and learning how to use them in the bathroom, there are differences between sexes that can’t be denied.
My son is 22 months old and has shown the barest amount of interest in the toilet (which means I’m still changing diapers), but according to this post, these 5 things are what I have to look forward to.
#5. You’ll want to teach them to sit and not stand.
They might think it’s fun to pee like dad, but sitting down gets them more comfortable with pooping on the toilet, too, and can also help when it comes to aiming issues.
#4. It will probably take longer.
It’s not just a myth that boys take longer to potty train – science says they need an average of three months longer to train than girls. A lot of that has to do with the fact that girls develop communication skills earlier than boys so they’re able to tell mom and dad when they need to go sooner.
#3. Be prepared for awkward questions.
About their anatomy and yours – nothing is off limits when it comes to looks, parts, and bodily functions. This is a great chance to begin showing your child they can ask you anything and get honest answers, and also that there’s nothing embarrassing or shameful about their body.
#2. There will be messes.
Little boys misfire a lot, which means pee on the seat, floor, wall, them, and you – and the learning curve is long. Experts suggest teaching them to clean up after themselves from the start (their future wives will thank you.
#1. They will play with their penis.
The good news is, it’s completely normal and fine. Once they’re old enough, you’ll want to gently instruct them about boundaries, though – it’s their penis and they may play with it if they like, but only in the privacy of their bedroom or the bathroom.
Not, say, at the dinner table.
No matter. I wouldn’t trade my little men for the world.