Potty training a boy presents its own set of challenges, often centered around the classic sit-or-stand debate. Whenever you decide to teach your little boy to stand to urinate, you have the choice of teaching him to simply aim into the toilet or purchasing a separate child sized urinal. A toddler urinal can be a handy potty training tool, but consider all your options before purchasing another piece of toddler equipment that may or may not work for your child.
Little boys - and big boys - are notorious for having trouble aiming their urine into a regular toilet, often leaving a mess behind for mom to clean up. A toddler urinal helps to solve this problem by providing an appropriately sized back splash of sorts that helps direct the urine into the proper receptacle. A urinal can also make potty learning more entertaining and therefore more appealing to a toddler who may otherwise balk at the idea of peeing on the toilet.
A toddler urinal may make potty training more fun for little boys, but it won't necessarily make cleanup easier or faster for mom. While aim might be a little better and the mess overall contained more to the urinal, there are still bound to be misses. Plus, there is now the urinal itself that must be cleaned along with the toilet when bathroom cleaning day arrives. Toddler urinals come in a wide variety of fairly reasonable prices, but they are still an extra expense when compared to the toilet you already own.
Many parenting experts recommend teaching toddler boys to sit to urinate at first, and then transition them to standing later on when they have more bladder control and might be able to aim better. Then again, others simply recommend encouraging whichever method makes your child most comfortable. A toddler urinal can be introduced whenever you decide to teach your little boy to stand to pee. If you are hoping to keep things simple by just using your toilet for potty training, however, you should wait until your toddler has tried and struggled with aiming in the toilet before introducing the urinal in case there is no need for it.
Toddler urinals come in many types, from very simple to a stand alone flushing urinal for your toddler's use. The simplest and cheapest toddler urinals attach to your regular toilet and either lift up to protect the toilet tank and seats while deflecting the stream of urine into the toilet bowl, or attach to the side of the toilet at your child's height and must be emptied into the toilet bowl by an adult. However, you can also choose a separate child-size urinal that either sets up on a stand or is attached to your wall. Some can actually be flushed, but all will still require emptying and cleaning.