AIM INSIDE THE TOILET: FUN WAYS TO KEEP YOUR SON ENGAGED
We may not know each other yet, so I’m gonna jump off the cliff and tell you, potty training is NOT my jam.
In fact, of all parenting aspects thus far, teaching a small person with the attention span of a squirrel, is by far my most dreaded event. That’s right, I have 5 boys in a row. Meaning, I don’t just train to go in the bathroom, I have to train my son to aim inside the toilet.
With all of that said, I trained my 4th boy in three days.
I assure you without a single doubt, that was God’s divine mercy on me and my son. And a few tricks I’ve learned along the way I suppose. 😉
So, it’s official, your son can tell you when he has to go and makes it to the bathroom. Yayyy! That’s a win in potty training land.
However, for some strange reason, boys pee wherever their eyes go. So, he looked over at the shower and sure enough a 4-foot spring of pee went with him. Sigh.
Pee happens. 😞
Not sure which I dislike more at this point, changing explosive diapers or power washing the bathroom every day. To my dismay, he managed to wet a quarter of the shower curtain the other day.
It’s moments like this, I have to wonder what having a girl must be like. Someday. I keep telling myself that. Until then…
Anyhoo, I found some great tips to help your sweet mama’s boy keep the pee in the toilet. I’m sayin, getting them to know when they have to go, hold it, and tell you is only half the battle.
Now we need to aim inside the toilet bowl.
EASY AND FUN WAYS TO PRACTICE AIMING INSIDE THE TOILET
Keep a small container of Cheerios (or any kind of cereal) in the bathroom. When they need to go, toss a few in and tell him to shoot the O’s or Sink the Ships. Essentially, this helps keep their eyes inside the toilet and helps them learn to control their own penis by moving it with small movements.
#2. Toddler Targets
I love this one. My boys love guns, and knives and swords, basically weapons of all types. We’ve got crosshairs posted on door and walls around the house so, why not the toilet. In my opinion, pee is a weapon if it goes anywhere outside the designated target. Am-I-right. I really want this to be great. But I’ve never tried this one specifically. Let me know if it successfully helps get your son to aim inside the toilet.
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I’m gonna be honest. Not my favorite option. Stickers don’t tend to stay put, which makes them unreliable. And if we need anything as boy moms, we need reliable. Fun idea if you can find some that work great with your toilet. Also take into consideration cleaning and having to replace. Still a fun idea to keep eyes in the bowl.
#4. Light up bowl
You know what’s funny. My 4th son never turns on the light when he goes into the bathroom. I typically turned it on as I followed him in. Even if I was 20 steps behind. So, I got to thinking, these fun light up nightlights don’t have to just be for nighttime. You can practice during the day what they would do during the night. (Great way to avoid bed wetting) And, also practice keeping their eyes in the bowl. Double header right there. I love those. But also, super neat.
#5. Miniature Urinal
Honestly, I haven’t tried this cute little item. It comes with a tube to drain the pee into the bathtub. Or, you can hang it in the bathtub as well. If you have the extra space it’s interesting and engaging. Also, if your child like showers, like mine do, putting it in the shower on the wall is a great place for it to go. That definitely keeps everything contained.
WRAPPING IT UP
Ultimately, find what works for your space. Most important is finding what keeps your son engaged and interested. That may be different for every child. I know my 5 boys are so different it’s a wonder I’ve survived this far. HA. 😜
Needless to say, they won’t be heading to college unpotty-trained, so take it 20 minutes at a time. I love these ideas. Let me know what you’ve tried to get your son to aim inside the toilet.
Happy potty training!