Single Mother’s Guide to Potty Training Your Son

potty training triumphIn our society, there is a distinct difference in the way women and men go the bathroom. For this reason, many women feel apprehensive when it comes to potty training a boy. Add to the fact that you are a single mom with no male example living in your home other than your son and you may feel helpless. Yet, moms potty train boys successfully everyday. The following tips will help you get your little man out of diapers and into the bathroom.


Whether you are single or you have a partner, you have to look for the signs of readiness before you can potty train any child. Your child needs to stay dry for hours at a time, pull their own pants up and down, and have interest in the process. Without these signs you are likely wasting your time.


To potty train any child you need a few things. You need a training potty and underwear. Plus, a reward is also helpful. Let your little man pick out his own underwear. Having their favorite character on them and picking them out helps build excitement for the process.


Potty training takes time and dedication. It doesn't happen overnight. Try planning to potty train when you have time off work or vacation time. Put the training potty in the bathroom, put him on the potty several times each day, and make him wear his underwear when he is awake. Whenever he goes in his potty give him a reward like a piece of candy.

Switch it up

When you start potty training your son, as a single mom you may be wondering how you will teach him to pee standing up. Once your little guy has mastered going to the bathroom sitting down you can start encouraging him to stand up. There are a number of training aids that can help you teach this concept like books, videos, and dolls. Don't forget to teach your son to wash his hands after he goes to the bathroom, to wipe himself, and to flush the toilet. These are all learned skills.

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Single Mother’s Guide to Potty Training Your Son

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  1. Profile photo of Asia Asia says:

    my son tells me if he has to pee but he will poop on himself

  2. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    my son has been peeing on the toilet for awhile, i wondered when to have him start standing, i’m going to wait awhile- he is only 20 months

  3. Profile photo of Cheyenne Cheyenne says:

    Just started potty training. Thank you for your tips

  4. Profile photo of Jasmine Jasmine says:

    My son is one and knows how to urinate standing up in the tub but not his potty

  5. Profile photo of Lindsay Lindsay says:

    I’m so glad I have a girl!

  6. Sounds easy enough but still not sure till it happens. but that won’t b for awhile.

  7. Profile photo of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    this sure will help. my son has been on and off but i think he is not yet as ready as i thought though he follows instruction well and he listens too. i think i should give him some time.

  8. Profile photo of Nancy Nancy says:

    El mio no esta listo

  9. Profile photo of Ellesar Ellesar says:

    I find it so strange that there is an article on this – I have raised 2 sons n my own and there was never a problem. It’s not rocket science!

  10. Profile photo of ChrisS ChrisS says:

    Very useful topic!

  11. Profile photo of tammy tammy says:

    my son was like that.. till he was 3

  12. Profile photo of tammy tammy says:

    My toddler sure isn’t ready.

  13. my 1st son pee sitting down untill he was 4, he just did not want to pee standing up .

    • Profile photo of Sara Sara says:

      I have four boys and when my two oldest boys(now 14 and 11yrs) I was a single mom. I have to say that when my oldest child was ready to potty train I was not sure how I was going to do it since I wasn’t a man and obviously didn’t have the parts or the experience to rely on to teach my son how males go to the bathroom. Then it dawned on me that single mom or not, most moms in general are the ones that are usually with the children the most and teaching them these kinds of things. I simply had my boys sit on the potty to pee and when they were ready to take on standing up and peeing they did so. I also didn’t push my children into going on the potty, both my oldest sons were 3yrs old by the time they were ready to go on the potty. Now I am in a different dilemma with my two youngest boys who are 2yrs and 3 months. The financial stress of having two kids in diapers has started to motivate me to start talking “potty” with our 2yr old. I still want him to do it when he’s ready, but I figure as long as he is willing to sit on the potty without a diaper and constantly tells me he either went in his diaper or has to go…I’m good with that. I still hope that he will get out of diapers sooner rather than later, but it will happen when he’s ready. The potty is in the bathroom waiting for him and I am willing to work with him even if it takes a year.


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