Wondering how to teach your growing boy to pee standing up all on his own? Here are some important reminders to make the transition as seamless as possible!
Potty training is an important part of your child’s development. For mums and dads of boys, there is another toilet-related milestone that must be prepared for—how to teach boys to pee standing up.
To teach boys to pee standing up, you must first assess your son’s readiness for the transition. Here are a few reminders to keep in mind!
Once they can urinate sitting down, then it’s a good time to teach boys to pee standing up
Let them get used to sitting while urinating. Some toddlers tend to spill urine all over the seat even while sitting. Guide them to push their penis gently down to aim into the toilet bowl.
Once they’ve mastered that, then you are usually ready to try to pee standing.
Around the age of three, your son will already show signs of readiness. Though some boys will seem to be ready for toilet training earlier/later than others.
As with all other developmental milestones, it’s best to let your child learn at their own pace, while nudging them encouragingly in the right direction.
Here’s how to start transitioning him from sitting to standing during potty time!
1. Talk to your child
Other signs of readiness to look out for are his motor development and cognitive skills. Does he already know the reasons why we go to the bathroom? Is he able to sit very still until he is done peeing?
Remember to answer questions patiently and in easily understandable ways.
2. Guide him
Single mum Camille Carvajal recounts having to struggle with teaching her little boy how to aim.
Since a little boy’s penis points directly away from them, then it might be hard to teach boys to pee standing up.
“Being a fast learner, my little boy picked it up quickly in just a few days,” she tells us.
Remember to guide them as they concentrate on aiming into the potty. If he’s still too small to reach the toilet, a step stool could do the trick.
3. Let him try on his own!
Let your child learn by trial and error.
“There’s a lot of prep-work involved. You talk to them about peeing,” explains dad of three Vincent Sales. “You see if they can take off their pants. You even let them watch you do your business.”
Make sure he knows the difference between pee and poop, and that pooping means he needs to still be seated on his potty. Some boys tend to forget that they also need to poop and this can lead to constipation.
4. Practice makes perfect
Let them practice and practice on their own, but if they’re too intimidated by facing the potty, let them try elsewhere.
5. Be encouraging when he misses
Expect the mess by preparing absorbent mats around his potty. Don’t pressure your little one!
6. Teach him good hygiene habits
Lastly, once they have mastered the art of peeing while standing up, teach them to wash their hands and to throw used toilet paper into the bin.
Washing their hands and keeping the bathroom clean reinforces good habits in your kid.
How would you teach boys to pee standing up? Let us know in the comments below!
illustrations by: Angga Ristawan
source: NHS UK