Getting Dry for Boys

Wait for the right time to dry out

The key Drying up is waiting for the right time with your son. Some children are ready to take off the diaper at the age of 18 months, while others are only four years old. It is well-known that boys later become dry as girls, and that the second or third-born are generally more dry than the first-born.

There is no reason to start practicing too soon. Studies show that children who had been pimped too soon achieved their goal at the same time as children who started later, but were physically and emotionally mature. In other words, your son will always be dry at the same time, whether you are two years old or half a year later. Your son will lay off his diapers when he is ready in his development. First, you should read our checklist to find out if your son is ready for potty or toilet.

If you think your son is ready, focus on the right timing. Make sure your son has a regular daily routine. If he goes to kindergarten recently, or if he has a new sibling, he may well be overwhelmed by an extra change from diaper to potty, or simply overwhelmed by the new challenge. Avoid periods in which your son is resisting you. Better wait for a time when he is open to new ideas and the dryness can be relaxed.

Your son learns to walk by the toilet

Infants learn the fastest way through imitation and imitation, so when they see you going to the bathroom. This is the first step in the weaning phase. A male role model can be the key to success. If your son wants, then let him watch as dad or a good friend of the family uses the toilet (assuming their consent ...).

If you do not want your son to pee while standing, make sure the daddy (or your life partner) sits down as well. Otherwise you will have to explain to your son why there are different rules in the house and why men use the toilet differently than women.

Let your son sit on the potty - then stand

Since most people do their ""big and small business"" at the same time, teach your son to sit down on the potty and the toilet.As a result, he immediately understands where both belong. In addition, he is not distracted by spraying or has to learn goals - which requires a lot of concentration.

Only when your son feels safe in using his potty, let him try it all while standing in front of the toilet - the time will come when he will want and need to use urinals. He should be prepared for that.

For the first time you should get a non-slip stool. There is no need to hurry. He can take all the time in the world.

If your son does not dare try it with a couple of floating objects in the toilet bowl, such as As confetti or ice cubes. This will give your child a goal and can practice meeting him. Be prepared for some small floods while your son practices aiming. If you are not sensitive to standing eyes in the garden, you can also paint a target on a piece of paper or a tree trunk and have it practiced outside.

You need the right equipment for the potty and the toilet

Many experts advise you to buy a suitable potty and not to change the diaper directly to the toilet (with toilet seat). This gives your son the feeling that he has something of his own and therefore feels safer than on a normal sized toilet. Some children are afraid that they could fall into the toilet and this fear hinders the drying.

If you decide to use the restroom method, practice sitting on the edge of the glasses, making sure the seat does not wobble, your son sits comfortably and relaxes. In addition, get him a stool to climb up and show your son how to use him. It is important for him to be able to climb up and down so that he can sit down safely and comfortably at any time and find support for his feet.

In addition, you can offer your son picture books or videos about diaper weaning. Maybe then it will be easier for him to better process the new information.

Make Going to the Toilet / Potty Simple and Convenient

At this early time of weaning, your son needs a reason to use this thing - the potty. Tell him the potty is special for him. You can write his name on it and decorate it with stickers. First try to put the little boy fully dressed on his potty. After sitting on it a couple of times, try persuading him to try it without a diaper. If he refuses, do not push him. This could become a power struggle, in which you can lose everything you have achieved so far.

If your son has a favorite fabric animal or doll, you can try to include the favorite in the training by putting it on the potty as well.Many children like to watch their toys while sitting on their potty and thus playfully learn what their parents want from them. Some parents even build the stuffed toy or doll's own toy toilet. So your child and the toy can sit on the potty at the same time. Read more parenting tips about getting dry.

Motivate Your Son Through Cool Underwear

Try to draw your son's attention to cool underwear and then promise him to buy some when he's weaned off the diaper. Entice him with the offer that he may choose which one alone. Underwear with a TV character or a picture book hero is often the big hit with the little ones. Give your son the feeling of being big, like the older siblings, mom and dad, using the potty and wearing underwear.

Develop a Potty Plan

In order to wean your baby off the diaper, it depends on your daily routine and whether your son is cared for by other people. If so, you should agree with these people about the weaning strategy.

They either opted for the ""back and forth method"", ie a change between diaper and underwear or the ""wet method"", where your son wears only underwear. Although diapers are more comfortable for children, some experts recommend that you do without diapers immediately when you get dry. They think it's better to let kids run around in panties or washable diaper panties, because then the little ones will notice immediately when they have soaked. Of course, this variant means a considerable extra effort for you as a parent in terms of cleaning and washing.

Ultimately, you need to decide which of the two methods is good for your child and for you.

If you have any questions, can not decide and need support, contact a maternity support center in your area. They will certainly help you there. For long trips and overnight you will still need to resort to diapers for a longer period.

Try it naked

Nothing can spark your son's interest in getting dry? Give him some time. Try to make him play naked at home. Put the potty where it is easy to reach and remind your son from time to time to sit down. Watch for signs of urinary urgency (jumping from one leg to the other, putting your hands between your legs and so on). Let your child be naked for several days in a row, or every night and at the weekend - set it up as you please. The more time your son marched without a diaper, the faster he learns without getting along.

Reward Drying Achievements

Undoubtedly, some mishaps happen until your son is really dry.In the meantime you have to motivate him over and over again. If he has managed to potty you should reward him accordingly to provide another incentive. Reward him with an extra bedtime story or a movie that only tall kids are allowed to see. Let him feel that he has reached an important milestone in his development. Do not make a big feast out of every trip to the potty, because that can also be unpleasant for the little one or he will always demand it in the future.

Do not give up if it does not work

It's like any other activity: the more you practice it, the better you control it. Still, you can make it easier for your son. Put it on easy and uncomplicated things that he can easily take off.

If he's overwhelmed with the whole procedure, stay calm and never punish him. Nothing can diminish the success of diaper cessation faster than the feeling of having failed in a wetting.

It's also quite normal for kids who have been wearing diapers for a while to immerse themselves in the game so much that they do not realize it's time for the restroom. Please do not be frustrated. If you blame your son for that, then it just shifts the ultimate success backwards.

Improve Potty's Fun Factor

If you start to wean your nappy with a little imagination, your baby will be easier to motivate during the practice phase. Put a few drops of blue food coloring in the toilet bowl and your child will be amazed why blue water suddenly turns green. If you put a variety of favorite books next to the toilet, it can always read when it comes to the bathroom - even better is reading aloud. Or maybe your son wants to use a piece of toilet paper as a target and try to hit it.

If your son begins to lose interest in the potty, you can offer a reward. A popular method is the calendar with stickers, in which the successes are recorded. Every time he puts something in his potty, he is allowed to stick a sticker in the calendar. Once he has reached a certain number, you can either reward your son with sweets or a long-awaited toy.

So you'll get rid of the diaper for the night

At some point your son is weaned from the diaper by day and eagerly uses the toilet or potty. Now is the time for the next phase. You can develop a plan for the night. Wait until he reliably uses the toilet, then you will notice that the diaper is dry from time to time after nap. It works like that for most children. Night training is more difficult because it depends on physical development, whether a child can hold the urine for a certain amount of time and how fast it sleeps.If your son really wants to sleep without a diaper at night, just let him try it out. Buy only a waterproof pad for the mattress.

If after some nights he shows that he has not managed to stay dry, then put a diaper over him and comfort him. Give it a break and try again. If your son's diaper stayed dry for three to five nights, bite your teeth together and try again without a diaper. Support your son by severely restricting the fluid intake after 5:00 pm and put it back on the potty before you go to bed yourself.

Say ""goodbye"" to the diapers

Now your son has reached the point where he can say with a clear conscience: Goodbye to diaper!

He did a lot! Show appreciation, encourage him in his pride and let your son give the remaining diapers to a younger child.

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