Do boys take longer to potty train than girls?

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We've all heard the saying that boys take longer to potty train than girls, because they are more difficult to handle. So, is it true? Read more to find out the truth behind this mystery!

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Do boys take longer to potty train?

It is a fact that girls develop sooner mentally and emotionally than boys do. Boys, on the other hand, develop a sense of coordination, balance and gross motor skills sooner than girls do. In the end it all evens out — neither being ‘better’ than the other.

Just different, and being different is good. But what about when it comes to potty training? They say that boys are harder to potty train than girls. Is it really true?

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Find out what the experts have to say about the difference between potty training boys and girls.

What the experts say
‘Experts’ and paediatricians usually say, ‘No, boys are not more difficult to potty train.’ However, they also follow up by saying that the only exception there is to this statement is getting boys to learn how to aim and also learn how to control their aim.

What mums (the real experts) say
The answer to this question is evenly divided. Some mums say that boys are more difficult but can’t give any real reason as to why that is. A nearly equal number of mums, however, say there is no difference between boys and girls. They say it’s more about personality than gender.

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