Is it better to have a boy sit down or stand up to learn to pee?


Asked by pat-a-cake at 11:11 PM on Oct. 10, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • cheerios, have him "aim" i'm not quite to this stage of toddler, but i hear this alot

    Answer by imanixon2 at 11:13 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • Well, I personally think that the father would be better to train a boy if he wants him to start by standing up. Let the child mimic what daddy does. He may learn better. As woman its just natural for us to train sitting down, since thats what we do. I would be more comfortable training sitting for a boy myself as well, for the same reasons as you, but if you wanna try it standing then I say go for it, but I think that dad should be involved as well for the support.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:14 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • I had this problem I just let my son sit he recently just learned in May a month before his 3rd birthday. The reason why I did that is because me and my boyfriend thought it would be better so that way he wouldn't make a mess in the bathroom or his clothes. And you don't want him to slam the toilet seat down. Never had that happen YET

    Answer by Shalanda0618 at 11:43 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • I agree with you - MESSY. Have you ever noticed when you ride a bike that when you turn your head to look at something, the bike turns in that direction too? This is natural - our body turns to match our eys. Guess what... when he gets bored and starts looking around the bathroom, his body (and pee) will follow his eyes.

    When he asks to pee standing up, get something for him to aim at. Cheerios work well, you can buy little targets, or you can use finger polish to paint a bulls eye in the bowl.

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:57 PM on Oct. 10, 2008

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  • Actually, it is better for males to sit to pee as it empties their bladders more...standing to pee started when people were traveling by wagon train and the guys would stand as it was easier and faster out in the wild....and it caught on and has not changed....ask a doctor and they will tell you this is true.

    Answer by malam at 2:44 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • i finally got my son trained and he goes both sitting and standing, just depends on his mood, he tells me its easier for him to sit so if he need to poop he is already ready to go. and ya if you give him something to aim at in the toilet, they wont make as big of a mess. (Knock Knock) knock on wood i haven't had a mess yet. i always tell him to try and make bubbles, he really likes trying to do that, and ya when i was first training him i used the cheroot(sp) and it works too


    Answer by Jasmine0530 at 3:14 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 3:20 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • My son is almost 4 and he sits to pee. He's too short to reach over the edge of the toilet and we don't have a step stool. DH will teach him to stand when DS gets a little taller. I think it's easier to train him to poop in the toilet if he's used to peeing while sitting...JMO.

    Answer by ronibaloni at 3:59 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • My son sits down to pee...his choice. I kind of think they (kids) have their own agendas and timelines when learning to use the really has nothing to do with us! I tried to get my guy to stand 'cuz I thought it would be cuter...but he likes to sit and I just am so happy to be done with diapers for him!

    Answer by MsGreenMama at 4:08 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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  • We purchased a potty chair and an urinal from Wal-Mart when it was time to start training. The urinal is just the right size as it adjust in height and it also "flushes." At first my son wanted to sit on the potty, but that lasted about a minute because as soon as he found out the urinal flushed, he decided that is what he likes to do. We just taught him to aim for the little holes that his pee goes down. He loves the urinal and has taken to training a lot better than our older son who only has a potty chair.

    Answer by manyblessings at 4:14 AM on Oct. 11, 2008

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