6 Potty training tips for little boys!

I have three sons, so I know all too well the difficulties of potty training our little men. So here are a few of my top tips for potty training little boys. 
Make sure, without a shadow of a doubt that your little guy is ready! Nothing can cause more stress {for you} and pressure on your child than trying to push them to do something that they are not ready for. My son wasn’t ready until he was 3 and a half! Where my daughter was potty trained 1 week after turning two. 
Introduce a potty to your LO before the training starts. I bought my son a potty for his 3rd birthday {he was so not as ready as his sister when he was two, so we delayed him a year}. Place one in your bathroom, living room, I pretty much had a potty in every room of the house, because you never know when those little bladders are going to time the next “wee wee”
If/when your LO is showing those fabulous signs that he’s ready, pick a time slot for when you don’t have much planned. I was housed for almost a week, potty training my youngest son! 

Let you LO choose their own “big boy pants” {my son loved this and of course chose Toy Story!} and make a big deal of them becoming a “Big boy”. Although to start off it may be easier to let them run about with their little chunky bums out! Just until they get the hang of it, cancel out the boy pants faffing to pull them down on time.

It’s a little harder for boys to go for a wee into a potty than a girl. As if they sit down and forget to “tuck” the pee-pee into the potty, well…you don’t need me to tell you what happens. So have you ever thought of investing in a training urinal for boys? I’d no clue these existed when potty training my boys! I wish I did though as they rock!!

They can be attached to the rim of your toilet, and even to your bathroom wall. Amazing huh! And much much easier for our little boys, don’t you think? I’ve seen these on eBay,  Amazon and I believe Tommee Tippee even sell one! 
Praise, Praise Praise! Make the biggest deal of him peeing into his potty that you can! It’ll make him feel A-MAZING! So much so he’ll be encouraged to do it again {and again…and again!} 

A few fun incentive/game ideas!

Target Practice – I did this with my sons, it’s such fun and the boys thought it was loads of fun. I’d pop 3 to 4 cheerios into the toilet bowl and when it was “pee-pee” time, they had to aim and hit a cheerio! They thought this was amazing and it really encouraged them to want to do it again. 

Piggy bank fun – We’d place a piggy bank in the bathroom and every time they used the potty or the big boy toilet, they’d get 10p and at the end of the week {after jingling their piggy bank excitedly} they could use their savings to go on some of their favorite amusement rides when we went shopping etc.

Changing colours technique – This is a super science-y one which I personally love and as did my son! I would add a few drops of blue food colouring into the toilet and once he would “pee”, the urine made the blue turn into green, this fascinated my LO! So we’d use different colours each time, next we’d try using red colouring and he would screech with joy when he watched it turn orange.

Well, I hope if you have some a little chap heading into his potty training days soon, that some or even one of my tips help!

How has your past/present potty training experience been like? Do you have any tips to add to the list? 


  1. 26/09/2013 / 9:21 AM

    Haha how cute are those little urinals?!
    I’m dreading potty training. Wee while off for me though!

    • 26/09/2013 / 9:27 AM

      Seeing them I honestly think they are a MUST for potty training little boys. Much more natural for them I think. As Daddy does it standing up, why not them! Wish I had known about these when potty training my 3 boys! x

  2. Kelly Brown
    17/10/2013 / 3:15 PM

    Thanks for the tips. When you are preparing to start potty training your kid all information is helpful.

    Kelly Brown

  3. Jen @ potty training method
    14/06/2016 / 6:14 PM

    I potty trained my boy over 15 years ago but it can be such a tricky time it’s still pretty fresh in my mind!! Any tricks and tips for parents are a good thing, you never know what will work for your child.

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