Boys and Aim
Moms, do yourselves and your future daughter in laws a favour and teach your son to aim from the beginning. Unless you want to spend the next 18 years cleaning up pee off the floor and listening to your daughter in law complain about it for the rest of your life!
For some little boys, this isn't really an issue, they just naturally seem to know where things need to go.
For others, a few simple reminders: "Point your penis down" or "Put your penis in the potty" does the trick.
Still others, need constant, repeated reminders to keep things in the right place.
And then there are others who need physical assistance each and every time. If your son is one of these children, I suggest taking his hand and using it to hold/place his penis where it needs to be. This not only gets things in the right place, but should teach him how to do it himself! And hopefully, keeps your fingers out of the line of fire!
And finally there are the ones who can't keep their hands off it. Little boys often seems to think that potty time is "play with my penis time". And although this is a perfectly normal, natural exploration of body parts, if he happens to pee while exploring, it's going to get messy!
Another tidbit of advice, (that yes, I have learned the hard way) is that until you are 100% confident that your son has mastered the aim issue, don't stand in front of him while he's on the potty. Stay off to the side to avoid a shower from the waterfall that is bound to happen from time to time.
You really would be surprised how far that pee can fly! Somehow, the laws of gravity do not apply to penises and little boys pee!
If you aren't having any luck with getting the pee in the potty/toilet with your son sitting on the potty, you can try standing up.
The best way that I have found to do this is to have him stand on a stool, facing the toilet, lean forward, putting both hands on the toilet tank and let gravity to the rest. I know, I just said that the laws of gravity don't apply to little boys and pee, but there are exceptions to every rule!
All in all, find a way that works to teach your son the importance of getting the pee IN the potty not AROUND the potty will make your bathroom cleaning a lot easier!!
Stay tuned for more tips, tricks and advice every Tuesday! And please do share your own experiences! I am always looking for ways to make potty training easier for myself, not only at work, but also at home as I will soon be jumping in head first to potty train Liam!
Tune in next week to hear about where we're at with Liam's potty training journey.