How to Potty-Train Your Kid. Is There Any Difference Between Girls And Boys?


The moment when your baby manages to give up diapers and learns how to use the potty is crucial for his development.

The perfect time to potty-train your child

To encourage the child and to potty-train him, many parents prefer starting the exercise during summer, when they use fewer clothes, and if the kid gets dirty, drying them is not a problem. Plus, during summer you can even let the little one with no clothes on inside your house, and when he needs to pee or poop, he’s going to have to use the potty. A for the ideal age, the average age of the kids, is between 2 and three years old. Here is what you have to take into consideration about the bladder control: the child acknowledges when his diaper is wet or dirty. He also understands when he urinates and can also tell it to you straight forward. The interval between two wet diapers is at least one hour (if he is small, potty-training might fail or be a laborious process); the kid becomes anxious or has the tendency to hide in a quiet place, which can also be a sign of a physiological need. In conclusion, the child knows when he is about to urinate and can tell it to you in advance. If the child is at the final stage already, the potty training will be much easier. The child also has to be able to sit on the potty and rise from it when he finishes and follow your instructions.

It is important that there are no interruptions or changes in the family routine, and once the training started; it should e continued constant, to avoid confusing the child. Thus, if you are going to leave your house, you should take the potty with you so that your little one will understand that you want him to use it every time he needs it (the rest of the family should do the same as well).

The differences between boys and girls

The truth is that potty training is very different for the boys in comparison to the girls. Both boys and girls start by sitting on the potty, but boys eventually learn how to urinate sitting and also targeted. The girls respond to potty training faster, but they must understand the correct position and how to clean themselves afterward correctly.

There are also scientific studies about the differences between boys and girls. So, according to a two-year study made from the Medical College of Wisconsin published in 2002, researchers have discovered that girls remained dry during the day at the age of 32,5 months and boys at 35 months. Girls have shown interest in the potty at 24 months and boys at 26 months. Girls kept themselves dry for 2 hours at 26 months, while boys managed it at 29 months. A Brazilian study in 2008 discovered that 27,8% of the girls and 21,% of the boys gave up diapers used by day in the first 24 months of life. The same study shows that 10,6% of the girls and 6,8% of the boys gave up the diapers used during the night in their first 24 months of life. How are these differences explained? According to the British researchers, boys have lower concentration and are easier to distract and need more space than the girls when learning something new.

If this advice was useful for you, we are waiting for your feedback on it. Let us know how it worked with your child’s potty-training. Good luck!


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