Girls are said to be easier to potty train than boys. However, that is not to say that girls do not present their own unique challenges when it comes to using the potty. The reasoning behind the belief that girls are easier to potty train than boys also may be attributed to the fact that it is usually the mother who does the potty training and since daughters and mothers have the same bathroom routines, it is easier for the daughters to learn from the example of their mother.
Potty training girls and boys generally involve the use of the same types of methods but with slight differences. When potty training your little girl remember to incorporate things like feminine hygiene, pretty panties, big girl talk, etc.
Important tips for how to potty train girls
1.The most important thing that you need to remember that makes potty training a girls unique from potty training a boy is that you must teach your little girl to wipe herself from the front to the back. Doing so is vital in order to avoid spreading the bacterial found in the anal area up to the sensitive vaginal area. Failures to properly teach this principle will result in often times painful and potentially dangerous infections.
2.Explain to your daughter that boys have different body parts and are therefore able to stand up to urinate while little girls and mommies have to sit down to tinkle. A little girl may have trouble understanding this difference at first, especially if she has an older brother or has seen another boy stand up to use the toilet.
3.Encourage your daughter by rewards and incentives that are uniquely feminine and help her to realize that she is a big girl now. An example would be to go to the store and allow her to pick out her favorite pairs of big girl underpants. Not only will you be rewarding her, but if she is able to choose her favorite pair of panties it is likely that she will try harder not to get them dirty by having an accident.
4.Use your daughter’s ability to wear dresses to your advantage. Dresses make for easy access when using the potty. With a dress, your little girl doesn’t have to worry about pulling anything down, unbuttoning buttons, or unzipping zippers. When time is of the essence (as it often is when potty training) you need as few obstacles as possible. For the same reason, potty training during the summer months is easier, as it is likely that you child will be wearing fewer layers of clothing.
5.Mothers can greatly help their daughters to learn how to use the potty by demonstrating the proper technique and having your daughter pay close attention to what you do. As your little girl will not be able to see what she is doing when she wipes, mom can give the perfect example of the best way to potty.
6.Just the same as with boys, you need to exercise extreme patience with your daughters when potty training. Do not force them into potty training. Encourage them, and wait for them to be ready. Build up her desire to learn how to use the toilet by giving her a few months to really decide that potty training is something that she wants to do. As a parent, be encouraging and motivating at all times.
Other tips and warnings
It is very common for little newly potty trained girls to acquire a bladder infection. These bladder infections are most likely the result of your child’s developing wiping technique and her underdeveloped dexterity. If you notice that your little girl is urinating more frequently than usual, experiences pain while urinating, urinates blood, has pain in her abdomen, has a sudden and uncontrollable urge to urinate or begins wetting herself after developing good potty training habits, these could be signs of an infection and you should contact your pediatrician.