Girls tend to learn to use the potty faster than boys

You know how they say that girls mature faster than boys? And, of course, they also tend to grow faster, especially in their adolescence, when for most girls being taller than all boys is the norm. Sure, it’s not a competition, but acknowledging and understanding these differences can really help you in your journey as a parent. And here is one important piece of info from the same category: according to research, girls tend to respond faster to potty training than boys.

According to a study conducted in 2002 from researchers at the Medical College in Winsconsin:

  • Girls start using the potty throughout the day around the age of 2 years and 6 months, while boys get there a bit later – at around 2 years and 9 months.
  • Girls start showing interest in using the potty at around 2 years of age, while boys do that at around 2 years and two months of age.
  • Girls manage to stay dry two hours in a row around the age of 2 years and two months, while boys get to the same performance at around 2 years and 5 months.
  • Girls start to verbally express the need to “go to the toilet” at around 2 years and 2 months, while boys do that at around 2 years and 5 months.

Another study, conducted in Brazil, indicated similar differences:

  • 27.8% of the girls and only 21.4% of the boys completely give up diapers during daytime around 2 years of age, and 10.6% of the girls versus just 6.8% of the boys stop using diapers during nighttime at around the same age.

Now, pediatricians say that the age at which the child learns to use the potty very much depends on the type of potty training the child receives. Be patient, receptive and understanding and your child will get there at his/her own pace!

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