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By Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed.
Prince of the Potty Princess of the Potty
Books by Nora Gaydos
Two different books, one for boys and one for girls! These stories are filled with fun and colorful illustrations, each depicting a very happy potty training toddler. The stories are more or less the same, just swapping out male and female characters (boys noticing Dad, Grandpa and Max using the potty, girls noticing Mom, Grandma, and Lulu).
First the child starts out with celebrating all the fun things they can do now, and how they are not so fond of the wet heavy diaper. The child notices how family members and a friend use the potty, and think they may wish to try too. A good effort, and accident, and finally success, the children become Prince or Princess of the Potty, depending on the book you chose.
At the end of the book, there are notes for parents on potty training readiness and tips on how to prepare for and implement potty training.
These books would be nice choices for the Prince or Princess in your world as they are both supportive and celebratory. Echoing the Potty Time program, children are taught to listen to their body, follow pottying steps, and of course, celebrate!
Recently, one mom shared with us how this played out in her house. Enjoy!
Adelaide (almost 3) has been interested in using the potty for a while. She has an older sister, Cait, and wants to be just like her. Continue reading
Even though it’s been a long time since I’ve had to train anyone in my house, I am helping to train a little girl that I work with, so I sympathize with what you are going through. One thing you do have to do that I did not is to decide what your child will wear while learning. Continue reading
We get lots of good questions on our Facebook page, and from time to time we like to answer them here!
When is a good time to start potty training? How do you start potty training? (Thomas)
This is something all parents start to wonder, often around a child’s second birthday. Can it be true? Is it time to ditch the diapers?
When your child is ready to start depends completely on them! Continue reading
Fans of Sesame Street will recognize the author of this story, Bob McGrath, who has spent 38 years on the show to date. This isn’t a Sesame Street book though – it’s one of his own creations.
Each page shows a different child up to something involving the potty, some making it just in time, others being a little creative with what they do with it, and of course the one who has the accident (it’s okay!). This book really showcases the creative and fun personalities of the potty training toddler, as well as children from many different ethnic backgrounds.
A really fun bonus in the back is a special page where your child can glue in their own picture and become a part of the story.
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This book by Julie Markes is a lift-the-flap book that uses animals from all over the world. On each page, a parent animal asks the baby one if they have pooped, and the response is “Yes”. The reader lifts flaps and first discovers different surprises in the environment, and then finally the hidden poop. On the last page, it is a human boy who has pooped, and his can be found (thankfully) in the toilet.
This is a very cute book, with sweet illustrations. Animal lovers will enjoy looking at all the baby animals in their habitats with their parents. Children who are a little rougher on their books will probably make short work of the delicate flaps. Wise parents of spirited little children will need to stress that although the animal poop was found in a variety of places, there is just one place for human poop in the house!
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The Potty Book for Girls
The Potty Book for Boys
By Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Like all the other “for boys” and “for girls” books reviewed thus far, this is the same book, just switching out the gender. Told in ongoing rhyme, it tells the story of a child who loves to play and is ready to try a newly gifted potty.
Parents will get a chuckle out of the opening pages, which shows a very squirmy toddler getting a diaper change, and young children will identify with the main character who isn’t quite sure it’s time to give up that trusty diaper. After trying, and a few accidents, there is success and lots of happy pride. In the closing pages, the young reader is invited along to try too – a nice way to put ideas into action in this little book.
To read our other book reviews, go HERE
My Big Girl Potty and My Big Boy Potty
By Joanna Cole
These two books are pretty much the same story, swapping out Michael in the boy book for Ashley in the girl book. The story is especially engaging as the young reader is introduced to the character and asked some questions. I used the boy book with my own son when we potty trained and he loved answering the questions and finding similarities between himself and Michael in the book.
In this story, the child is given a potty chair. They go through the steps of trying out the potty but not being ready, to having success, to still wearing a diaper at night, to celebrating with the purchase of some big kid undies. The books give a nod to accidents, assuring the child it is okay. At the end of the book, the young reader is assured they will use the potty to, and “won’t you be so proud!”
To read some of our other potty training books, look HERE!