There’s lots of theories about why girls might be quicker or easier to potty train than boys, from girls being more eager to please to being better able to sit still. Parents of boys and girls often wonder about the differences between potty training each gender. As it turns out, the most important approach of course, is to treat her as an individual. Here’s what the experts advise when potty training a girl.
Our top 5 tips for potty training your daughter
1. Introduce her to training pants
Training pants such as Huggies® Pull-Ups® are specifically designed to help the move from nappies to real underwear. By wearing them, they signal a change for your daughter, and the learning features within Huggies® Pull-Ups® (the ‘feel-wet’ layer will help her understand it’s nice to be dry) will help her on her journey.
2. Watch for cues
Is she showing that she needs to use the loo by wriggling, clutching, hopping or dancing? Take this as an opportunity to put her on the potty.
3. Choose the best potty-friendly clothing
Skirts and dresses, or trousers and shorts with elasticated waists may be the most practical choices. Avoid tights and anything fiddly,, as this could add unnecessary stress in desperate times.
4. Lead by example
Mums or older sisters can take your little girl to visit the toilet - take advantage of her natural curiosity and explain how everything works. Then try suggesting to your daughter that she can also teach a favourite teddy or toy how to use the loo by sitting it on the potty.
5. Get used to the potty
If she’s having problems or is fearful of getting on the potty, try sitting her on it backwards as this might create a better sense of stability. Make potty time quiet to help her relax more and reduce stress. Try reading books or watching something she likes, with you sitting nearby for reassurance.
When to potty train a girl
There’s no set time for potty training, though there are a few signs to look out for to know if your daughter is ready. You can try introducing it yourself and seeing how she responds, or wait until you’re confident that she is interested in learning to use the potty.
Though many believe that girls are quicker to potty train than boys, this isn’t true for all children. Individual children learn skills at different paces and rates. Think your daughter is ready? Check out our guide to common potty training methods, ready for you and your little lady to try as you begin a whole new adventure.
Final potty training tips and tricks
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