L. asks from Woodridge, IL on September 09, 2007
Boy Who Wants to "Stand"
I have a 19 month old son who I have been working a little bit on potty training. He is finally getting the idea and has some control over it. The problem we are having is he wants to stand while he pees(like Daddy). He has a fit when I make him sit! Today he went to the big potty, opened it and tried to take his pants off. I helped him, he stood on the stool and the pee went on the stool(of course). I need advice!! Is it possible to train him to stand? Other ideas? I would like to keep working with him since I'm having #2 on Halloween! I am a believer in early training!
I.C. answers from Chicago on September 10, 2007
Ah, the target training bit. I trained my boy to stand while peeing by throwing Fruit Loops in the toilet and telling him to aim at those colorful little pieces. Worked like a charm.
Also, get rid of the stool so he can stand closer to the toilet.
B.D. answers from Chicago on September 10, 2007
Oh the joys of potty training a boy. My son will be five and I still remember the frustration. My son is like your son and wanted to stand but was peeing every where but the toilet. So I would tell him to hold his peepee and lean over a little bit. I told him that if he peed into the water it would splash and he thought that was cool.
There are so many little mile stones for boys when peeing. 1. is to stand and pee 2.To pee without the stool 3. to pee with out holding on to your privates. When learning each of these new steps they will have accidents on the seat and the floor. I always kept a bottle of Sanitary wipes next to the toilet for these accidents. Good luck
A. answers from Chicago on September 10, 2007
My son trained by standing - he too wanted to be like daddy and found it easy to do. He improved his aim overtime - we also used flushable color targets (target and Babies R Us sell them). He always uses a stool so he can be over it. Kids train when they are ready so definitely no harm in encouraging him. My son trained in 2 days at 2yrs, 4 mos. He showed interest at 18 mos, we encouraged, didn't push it, and when he was ready, it was easy. Good luck!
K. answers from Chicago on September 10, 2007
my now 6 year old didn't "get" it till he saw an older friend standing. once we gave up the idea of him sitting to pee, he got it and did great. aim will be an issue forever, so we also taught him how to use clorox wipes. i've seen a very cute plastic urinal that you could try too.
R.H. answers from Chicago on September 10, 2007
I use to have my son sit backwards on the toilet. After that, we put little risers (blocks of wood- not too high) on each side of the toilet(towards the back so he straddled the narrow end of the toilet-he held on to the seat/toilet tank for balance) for him to stand yet still be in the center of the toilet, so his pee when straight down.
D. answers from Chicago on September 10, 2007
My son also wanted to stand and never sat on the toilet. We went and got him a little stool so he was higher up. When he would go in ther bathroom we would put up the lid and stuff and it worked great. THis is what we plan to do with our second son also.!
C. answers from Chicago on September 09, 2007
What about standing to pee at a little potty seat. It works with our little Bjorn potty as I remember from my now 3 year old when he was training at 25 and 26 months old. I would think it would be fine while they are little...with my 3 year old I'm sure it would splash out now, but it's okay for our 22 month old (we keep a mat or towel under and around the potty seat just in case).
M.B. answers from Chicago on September 10, 2007
My Son has been using the "Peter Potty". It's an adjustable urinal. You can purchase it at Walmart.com (Haven't seen them in stores). He is 3 and was having accidents constantly and once I got him the Peter Potty he has been doing great. It's much easier to train the boys standing.
Good Luck :)
J.H. answers from Chicago on September 10, 2007
Wow, that is really young to have a child potty trained. Especially a boy, since boys are not typically fully potty trained until they are three years old! Does your son indicate that he needs to use the toilet, or do you just know his scheduled well enough to know when to put him on the toilet? In response to his wanting to stand while peeing, I know some people who will give their son something to aim at so that it won't get everywhere, such as a cherio. But please don't force your child to toilet train before he is ready. Research shows that by forcing the child and repremanding etc.. can cause a lot of psychological damage. It is best to let the child do this when he is ready.