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Posted on: Apr 11, 2017

Potty Training Boys: Don’t Worry About When

Although many potty training tips apply to boys and girls alike, potty training boys does pose some unique challenges. If you’re stressing over when to start or whether or not he’s ready, we’ve got some helpful signs to look out for—and in the meanwhile, some simple upgrades to the children’s bathroom that will help it stay cleaner and odor-free for when the trial-and-error begins.

Signs He’s Ready for Potty Training

  • Can pull his pants up and down
  • Dislikes the feeling of wearing a wet or dirty diaper
  • Shows interest in others' bathroom habits
  • Gives a physical or verbal sign when he's having a bowel movement
  • Wants to be independent and takes pride in his accomplishments
  • Is open to learning to use the toilet
  • Is following simple instructions
  • Understands the importance of putting things where they belong

Stay Patient—And Enjoy Him

As eager as you may be to ditch the diapers, waiting until your son is ready will be better for him in the long run. Give him lots of encouragement and remember the key signs above. In the meantime, you could do a little prep-work to prepare, relax and enjoy your time together. To learn how Microban® antimicrobial protection can help keep your home cleaner, longer and your to-do list shorter, check out the expert tips on The Cleaner Home.

Prep for Peace-of-Mind

Before the potty training escapades begin, you can secure some extra peace-of-mind ahead of time with a few cleaner bathroom upgrades—and enjoy a satisfying DIY project. Start with new tile and grout with built-in antimicrobial protection: they’ll resist mold and mildew and prevent the growth of odor and stain-causing bacteria. That means little messes will be but a drop in the bucket, and his bathroom will stay fresher over the years. If his training toilet is on the floor next to the grown-up toilet, consider bath mats with built-in Microban® protection, too. They’ll help little feet stay safe from germs and stop smells before they start—without sacrificing comfort or aesthetic.

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