Potty Training: Boys vs. Girls

The most common question I get asked about potty training is how different boys and girls are to train. In my experience, they aren’t all that different to potty train. I usually follow the same basic steps whether I’m training a girl or a boy… I think the differences aren’t so much in gender, but rather in your child’s personality.

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Take the time to figure out your child’s potty personality by taking the Pull-Ups potty personality quiz to find out if your child is a Puppy, Squirrel, Owl, Bear Cub or Turtle. Knowing your child’s potty personality will customize the potty training journey from the start since it’s all tailored to how your little one learns, and will also help you and your child partner together every step of the way.  For example, is he the first to jump in the pool this summer with no inhibitions? You might want to find the nearest potty or count the number of potties at the pool to keep them interested. Is she careful and motivated to follow all the pool rules? Try giving her a step-by-step walkthrough of how the toilet works at the pool.

Partnering with your child – boy or girl – is key to successful potty training, and the Pull-Ups® brand is here to help us parents partner with our children with tons of useful information to help move forward with potty training!

The Pull Ups® Potty Partnership is the new way to potty train. Implementing the tips, tools, advice and ideas that Pull-Ups offers will help you and your little one train, no matter if you are training your daughter or son!

The biggest myth I’ve heard when it comes to potty training is that girls always potty train faster than boys. While that can be true in some cases, it’s not necessarily accurate for all boys and girls. Check out Pull-Ups partner and child development expert Dr. Heather Wittenberg explain that while girls tend to be a bit more advanced, it doesn’t mean boys will always take longer when potty training.

Do girls potty train faster than boys?”

I’ve trained boys by 18 months and have had girls not train until almost 4, while the opposite happens as well. Children are different and ready at their own pace. Make sure to be in tune to their readiness signs and work with them to be excited about using the potty!

Teaching them the basics of using the potty is no different. While men tend to stand while using the bathroom, starting your little guy seated is your best bet for a successful (and clean) potty training experience. Dr. Heather Wittenberg is back to explain why standing up to pee is a complex skill to teach, and how to teach your little guy to pee both sitting down and standing up.

“Should my little guy stand while peeing?”

Another difference in potty training girls and boys is their Pull Ups® Training Pants choices! Boys choices have fun characters like Lightning McQueen, Lion Guard, Miles from Tomorrowland and Mickey Mouse, while the girls options are Sofia the First, Cinderella, Palace Pets and Doc McStuffins.

Your little girl or boy will love that they can find their favorite characters on their Pull-Ups!

Regardless of if you have a little boy or a little girl though, all Pull-Ups Training Pants are designed specifically to help teach potty training skills. They look and fit more like underwear, giving your child the independence to slide their pants on and off, while also providing consistency for any learning style throughout their potty training journey.

You can find more information about potty training your little one at Pull-Ups.com, and be sure to follow them on social media for updates too!

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Emily Stone is Co-Founder of Simply Real Moms where she shares parenting advice and product reviews.

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants.

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