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Dr. zakia: I am potty training my twins a boy and a girl of 23.5 month old. the girl seems learning quickly but the boy is refusing to remove his diaper. What can I do in this case?
Jun 4, 2015

Dr. Zakia Dimassi Pediatrics
Girls tend to improve more quickly than boys when it comes to potty training. This has to do with the maturation process of the higher functions required to develop the habit of using the toilet seat or potty, and probably because it's easier for girls, since they only need to sit. I recommend that you do not compare between the progress of your boy and girl. Your son may need a bit more time to get the hang of it. Allow him as much time as he needs. And whatever you do, never ever make him feel that he's falling behind his sister. This will discourage him and foster unhealthy competition with his sister.
If he's able to stand, be sure to position him, feet slightly apart, directly in front of the potty. It would be helpful to let him observe his dad, especially knowing that the standing element can be challenging for potty training boys. When your son is ready to learn to pee
standing up, having him follow daddy around or older siblings may actuallymotivate him to perform better.
Continual motivation and reminders are essential for potty training toddlers, especially that toddlers usually do not like to make the extra effort to stop what they're doing in order to use the toilet or stay on the toilet long enough to relax and go. Tips for motivating boys include buying "big-kid" underwear that he'll want to keep clean; for both your twins, having special toys and books for potty training time, and offering plenty of praise and prizes.