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

Guide to Toilet Training

Answer

​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.


Additional Information from HealthyChildren.org:


Guide to Toilet Training

​Toilet training is an important developmental milestone for children, and it also can be one of the greatest challenges for parents. Not all children are ready at the same age, and they often respond differently to various training methods. With conflicting advice from friends, relatives, and the media, parents can quickly become confused and frustrated. Guide to Toilet Training, 2nd Edition is a complete guide to every phase of the toilet-training process. Parents will be informed and reassured by the practical information, proven techniques, and expert advice offered in this thoroughly revised and updated edition. This book can be purchased on ShopAAP.

Last Updated
8/22/2016
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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