Are girls really easier to potty train than boys?
Usually, although it's not clear why. That means girls may have the advantage of observing someone with the same equipment, so the process may click sooner.
The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that boys may take longer to potty train simply because they're so active and therefore may be less likely to stop and take the time to use the potty.
Before you begin potty training, you may want to have a look at our signs of readiness checklist and read some tips on what works.
Is there anything special I should know about potty training my daughter?
The only gender-specific tip you should know is a carryover from your diapering days: Wipe from front to back. As your daughter learns to use the toilet, make sure she knows to move the toilet paper from front to back, especially when she has a bowel movement. This prevents bacteria from her bottom from coming into contact with her sensitive vagina, which can lead to infection. If this seems too complicated for her to grasp, teach her to pat dry her vaginal area after she pees.
Bladder infections, although uncommon, are more frequent among girls. Call your child's doctor if your daughter has a fever, seems to urinate more frequently than usual, finds urination painful, or has pain in her side, back, or abdomen. Also have her checked out if she feels the sudden, urgent need to pee, wets her pants after having established good bladder control, or has foul-smelling or bloody urine.
What if she wants to try standing up to pee?
If your 2-year-old sees her older brother, father, or one of her friends from daycare stand tall at the toilet, she'll probably want to try it that way too. Let her.
Sure, you might have to clean up a wet mess or two, but she'll quickly understand that she just doesn't have the equipment for this approach, and you won't have to engage her in a power struggle about it.
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