When you think of a urinal, you probably envision a huge porcelain one in a dirty public bathroom. If you're potty training your son, it might make sense to teach him to urinate standing up so he can go anywhere you happen to be. You don't have to venture out to public restrooms to get the job done. Look for a training urinal, which allows your little one to potty train on his feet right in the comfort of your own home.
There are a couple of types of training urinals. Some stand alone and are an appropriate height for allowing toddlers to urinate into them without a stool, which can minimize the mess that often accompanies potty training. Other versions clip to the edge of your standard toilet and hang down so small boys can reach to use it. The type you choose is largely based on preference. If you have a larger bathroom, a stand-alone version bears a closer resemblance to the urinals your child might use in public. For smaller spaces and a portable option, clip-on toddler urinals might better serve your needs.
Toddler urinals differ by manufacturer, so read the directions that accompany your product for exact directions. In general, your toddler can stand directly in front of the urinal and aim his urine into the bowl. You can then empty the reservoir, clean the bowl and replace it for next time.
Since small boys don't always have a lot of control when it comes to aiming their urine stream, standing in front of a urinal while going helps contain the mess, even if it doesn't completely eliminate it. Switching back and forth between the toilet and a urinal allows your son to easily urinate in any bathroom setting because he gains familiarity with both options. Using a toddler urinal can also make it less daunting and scary to use one in a public bathroom. Once your son gains confidence in this method, you can show him how to stand and urinate into the toilet so you can simply flush and be done, rather than having to clean out the urinal reservoir each time he uses it.
Dads might be better instructors when it comes to showing boys how to use a urinal. Moms can't urinate standing up and sometimes verbal instructions don't go over well with toddlers. Watching his father or older brother use a urinal gives him the basics so he knows what to do. Don't push the use of a urinal. If your little one is more comfortable sitting down to urinate, let him do so. Over time, he'll probably be ready to urinate standing up, but pressing the issue can make him more resistant.
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