All About Girls: What the Experts Say About Potty Training Girls

little girl on a potty

by Dr. Heather Wittenberg

Yes, it’s true: Girls tend to complete potty training about three months earlier than boys. Little girls, on average, tend to be a bit more advanced in physical and language development — skills that help move the potty learning process forward.

What really matters is your child’s unique development and personality. Some boys may take longer on their potty learning journey. But many girls — especially Bear Cubs, Turtles and Squirrels — will take longer than boys the same age. Matching your approach to your child’s personality is the best way to work together with your child to make the process successful.

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Dr. Heather Wittenberg is a licensed psychologist with a PsyD degree whose specialty is in the development of babies, toddlers, preschoolers and parents. Dr. Heather uses social media to help the public understand the complex, but important, world of child development. She is a writer and producer at BabyShrink, and her company, BabyShrink LLC, also consults with universities and corporations to reach families with young children via social and traditional media. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and four young children.

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