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Is it true that boys are usually toilet-trained later than girls?

While gender itself has little to do with how early or late a child becomes fully toilet-trained, toddler and preschool boys’ tendency to be active physically may delay their training somewhat.

While gender itself has little to do with how early or late a child becomes fully toilet-trained, toddler and preschool boys’ tendency to be active physically may delay their training somewhat.

Still, other factors—such as a desire for self-mastery or a desire to please the parent—may overcome such physical issues. The difference in timing between genders is not great in any case, and individual factors influence readiness to a much greater degree.

 

Last Updated
7/9/2013
Source
Guide to Toilet Training (Copyright © 2003 American Academy of Pediatrics)
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