Potty Training

If you are the parent or caregiver of a toddler, you know or will soon find out that the process of potty training can be overwhelming. Help can be found in the many children’s books that are available. Every child reacts differently to the challenges of growing up but with the wide variety of resources on the market you can find exactly what you need to answer your questions and help put the process in motion. Any one of these stories can peak your child’s interest and help with a smooth transition from diapers to toilets.

Top 5 Children’s Books for Potty Training

everyone poops Everyone Poops: This Japanese import shows the where and how animals poop and the difference in smell and shape of each. Illustrated with cartoon-like characters, it also demonstrates how a baby poops in a diaper, how a child sits on a potty, and how children and adults sit on a toilet. An explanation of how a toilet flushes the poop down the pipes is included. During this stressful time, using laughter can help children with the anxiety and fearfulness they may be feeling. The comical situations illustrated will help with discussions between parent and child and will aid in the child’s transition from diapers to using the toilet.
a potty for me! A Potty for Me!: A Lift-the-Flap Instruction Manual: Written in rhyme, this lift-the-flap cartoon illustrated manual is a great tool for a toddler. It is written from the child’s point of view and uses upbeat text like “Mommy got me a brand new potty!” and “Yeah! I really did it!” Children can follow along by lifting each flap to find the child playing, then sitting on the potty, eating, then sitting on the potty, and sleeping, then sitting on the potty. The child has mixed results throughout the story but the final refrain, “I’m so proud of me!” indicates a successful outcome.
my big boy potty My Big Boy Potty: This reassuring tale of little Michael accomplishing the transition from diapers to big-kid pants is a great tool for potty training boys. Watercolor illustrations depict Michael, his parents, and even his stuffed bear with smiles on their faces. Michael is portrayed as a young toddler who is encouraged to use the newly purchased potty. There is no yelling and no one gets in trouble for having an accident. Stressing that practice makes perfect, the anxiety and scariness is absent with success eventually achieved. Questions are included that are aimed at young listeners. Also included are “Tips for Successful Potty Teaching.”
the potty book – for girls The Potty Book – For Girls: Hannah is a ponytailed toddler who is anxious to open the box that Mom and Dad brought home. Is it a rocking chair or maybe a bed for Teddy? Opening it she finds a potty and thus begins the story of Hannah’s graduation from diapers to the potty. This rhyming text is presented in the child’s voice and charmingly illustrated. Little girls will enjoy the pictures and listening to the story. Hannah is shown sitting on the potty, finally succeeding, and receiving praise and applause from Mom and Dad and being rewarded with new underwear. This tool is a great start to potty training girls.
once upon a potty Once Upon A Potty: Originally written in 1975, this cute story told by Alona Frankel is a classic being used by a new generation of parents today. It has a simple story line with gender specific editions available. Its bright red cover and great illustrations will make this a favorite. The story shows that accidents may happen, that there are no consequences as a result, and it also states no age or specific deadline to mastering this skill. In a most reassuring way it reminds the readers that using the chamber pot may be better than continuing to use diapers.

Potty Training Reference Books

toilet training in less than a day Toilet Training in Less Than A Day: With the scientifically proven Azrin-Foxx method taught in this manual, toilet training can be achieved by the average child in less than four hours. It will enable the child to use the toilet without assistance or reminders from family members or caregivers. Information regarding pre-training techniques and bed-wetting problems along with the unexpected benefits of independence and improved responsiveness to parental instruction and help with the parent-child connection is included. The Azrin-Foxx method can help your child master toilet training in a rewarding and pleasurable manner which, in turn, will make for a happy child and happy parents.
stress-free potty training Stress-Free Potty Training: Since every child experiences the toilet training process in a different way, this helpful guide gives parents guidance in determining the appropriate approach to fit their child’s temperament whether they are fearful, stubborn, afraid to move on, or just late-bloomers. Parents will find suggestions, easy techniques, and straight talk on topics such as how to handle accidents and setbacks and how to move a child past their comfort zone. Important information is also included on how to determine a child’s readiness. It will enable them to help their child make this important rite of passage without worry and at the time that is right for their child.
mommy! i have to go potty! Mommy! I Have to Go Potty!: A Parent’s Guide to Toilet Training: With potty training tips and suggestions, author Jan Faull’s method of gentle reminders and positive attitudes will help parents and their children alike with toilet training. It includes a helpful section called “Stories from the Bathroom” which details experiences from other parents. Stressing the plan that it should be your child’s idea to want to use the potty and being rewarded for even little steps, the tone of this book is guidance and teaching not rigid training. Ideas are included to help you move on if your child does not respond to the first method tried.

Other Great Potty Training Children’s Books

the potty train The Potty Train: With bright colors and wonderful illustrations, this magical train trip is entertaining for both parents and child. The animals are on a journey to “Underpants Station” and each are shown sitting on their own potty on separate train cars. Easy to read and entertaining text will have your child repeating “chugga chugga poooo-pooooooo!” after just one sitting. The popularity of trains among young children today will help introduce this sometimes stressful topic to your child. With its invitation to “say good-bye to diapers and take a journey to Underpants Station”, your child will be excited to come on board.
my big girl potty My Big Girl Potty: “Ashley is a girl just your age.” This sets the stage for a cheerful yet direct and encouraging dialogue on what can be a very stressful time in a family’s life. Ashley is given a new potty by her parents and is encouraged to use it suggesting that practice makes perfect. The watercolor illustrations show Mom, Dad, Ashley, and even her stuffed bunny smiling with no consequences for having an accident. Ashley easily achieves success and graduates to big-kid pants. This guide for potty training girls also includes a section for parents entitled “Tips for Successful Potty Teaching.”
where’s the poop? Where’s the Poop?: This interactive, lift-the-flap story shows that all creatures have a place to poop whether it is tigers in the jungle, monkeys in the rain forest, or people in the toilet. It helps alleviate the fear of going poop in the toilet and reinforces the concept of toilet training. The animals are beautifully illustrated with three flaps included for each. The poop is under the flap on the bottom right corner of each page so your child will soon be able to find it himself. The last page shows a boy telling his Mom he pooped and there is a toilet under this flap.
zoo poo Zoo Poo: A First Toilet Training Book: This tale finds Charlie at the zoo experiencing the various animals’ “doo-doo.” While the elephant’s is big and the rhino performs this task when running by, the toucan actually deposits its droppings on Charlie’s head! Charlie knows he is special because he uses a toilet and is shown on the last page sitting on the toilet surrounded by the animals from the zoo with the elephant offering him a roll of toilet paper. It is illustrated in a child-like manner with great animal renderings. The preface and afterword include standard potty training tips. What a great resource for potty training boys.
no more diapers for ducky! No More Diapers for Ducky!: This enchanting little story shows Ducky visiting Piggy and wanting to play. Piggy is busy sitting on the potty so can’t play right away. Ducky plays alone for awhile and then decides she no longer wants to wear her diaper and off it comes. It ends with Piggy waiting to play with Ducky while she sits on the potty. The main theme throughout is that it takes time to learn to use the potty and needs to be done on the child’s terms. The simple text and illustrations are endearing and the message is clear – with the support and help of others this rite of passage can be accomplished.
caillou-potty time Caillou-Potty Time: This colorfully illustrated, age-appropriate story, shows Caillou experiencing a new situation and discovering his independence. Mommy has surprised him with a new potty. He initially seems uninterested and does not understand what it is for, even wearing it as a hat! Eventually he decides he wants to be a “big boy” and masters the use of the potty making Mom and Dad proud. Caillou is rewarded with this accomplishment by becoming more independent. Focusing more on the feelings that surround toilet training, this story helps children understand the process and encourages parents and children to express their feelings and to talk about their emotions.
the princess and the potty The Princess and the Potty: In this medieval tale, a stubborn princess is not willing to give up her “royal diaper” for anything. Her parents provide a potty that is polka-dotted, musical, and even glow-in-the-dark to no avail. They next consult a wizard who informs them that “the princess will use the potty when it pleases her to use the potty.” The incentive that works is a pair of pantalettes which cannot be worn with a diaper. When needed, the nearest facility, with its white porcelain commode, pleases her. The cheery, cartoon filled pages with the princess’ many facial expressions will delight both parent and child.
the truth about poop The Truth About Poop: With its cover illustration of an elephant on a chamber pot, this book could be mistaken for a self help guide about potty training. The retro cartoons and useful research information make it intriguing and fact filled on a subject that could be considered gross. Its three main sections include: animal elimination practices (skipper caterpillars can shoot their poop six feet?); the processes of human excretion and plumbing (Thomas Crapper was one of the inventors of the flush toilet); and, helpful uses for poop (scientific research or fertilizers). From Tyrannosaurus Rex dung to the evolution of toilet paper, its cartoon illustrations will please even the squeamish.
it’s potty time for girls It’s Potty Time for Girls: This colorful board book will help with the natural progression in a child’s life of toilet training. It includes a toilet flushing sound chip to help reassure children that the sound of a toilet is not something to fear. The cover depicts a girl sitting on the toilet saying, “Now I can go potty all by myself.” It is subtitled, Potty training made easy. It also features a potty time success chart. With a little bit of parental guidance, understanding, and patience, this life skill will be easily learned with the use of this training tool.
lift the lid, use the potty! Lift the Lid, Use the Potty!: This lift-the-flap tale features Little Bunny who has a brand new purple potty. Lisa McCue uses childlike text and adorable characters to delight both parent and child and to help introduce this important life skill. Each flap shows how Little Bunny goes through the steps for using the potty. Incentives that are recommended include clapping, lollipops, and reward stickers which are included and are designated for such accomplishments as trying to use the potty, extra toilet paper, and big kid’s pants. This excellent resource will soon be a favorite in your collection of children’s books.
p.j. & puppy P.J. & Puppy: There’s a new puppy in P.J.’s house. With that simple plot, P.J., a toddler, and the puppy have mirrored experiences of learning where the proper place “to go” is. For P.J. it is the potty, for the puppy it is on the papers. P.J. isn’t so sure about the potty but excited about the puppy. Both he and the puppy play, nap, and inevitably have an accident. With minimal words and clear, bright pictures, the experiences P.J. and the puppy have are easy for a toddler to understand. Mom is shown as a smiling and reassuring figure throughout the story.
my potty reward stickers for girls My Potty Reward Stickers for Girls: Using these colorful stickers to help stimulate interest, motivate, and reward your child during toilet training will give positive reinforcement and a sense of accomplishment. Each of the 126 stickers is a one inch diameter circle and has an image of different potty related subjects on it. Each sticker is different with no repetitions. Many include toddler girls for your daughter or granddaughter to imitate. After each successful attempt, a sticker can be placed on the child’s clothing or used on the chart which is included. The chart can be hung like a calendar.
have you seen my potty? Have you seen my potty?: Suzy Sue has something she needs to do and her bright red potty has been stolen. The brightly colored illustrations of the many farm animals in this story with their human-like body language and expressions will delight the reader. These farm animals do not know what a potty is so when asked by Suzy Sue if they have seen it, of course they say no. All this happens while the animals are actually using the potty. When they finally realize what Suzy Sue is in need of they come to the rescue. This delightful tale will surely entertain and motivate toddlers.
i want my potty I Want My Potty: The queen tells the little princess that “the potty’s the place” and so the story begins. The feisty little princess, after several mishaps and much practice, is very pleased to have achieved this big accomplishment. She even becomes so attached to her potty that she uses it as a swing. The low-key humor infused in this story helps to take the frustration and stress out of the sometimes unpleasant situation. Children and adults will appreciate the little princess’ predicament when she is at the top of the castle without her potty.
what do you do with a potty What Do You Do With A Potty: An Important Pop-up Book: A perfect toddler’s introduction to toilet training, this pop-up book is a classic bestseller. It has vivid illustrations, fun pop-ups and pull-tabs which help explain the mysterious potty to the reader. Including this instructional story in your children’s books will help identify the purpose of the potty, specify bodily functions, transition from diapers to underwear, and enforce the important steps of wiping, flushing, and hand washing. Parents and toddlers alike will enjoy the illustrations, the toddler’s smiling cat and stuffed bunny along with the silly examples of what the potty can be used for.
when you’ve got to go When You’ve Got To Go: Bear is available to answer the questions Tutter, Ojo, and Treelo have about using the potty and the loo. His reassurance and guidance help them, and the readers, with encouragement and help educate your toddler on how to listen to his/her body to determine when it is time to go to the bathroom. Learning that it is okay to leave what you are doing, take your time while sitting on the potty, and even forgetting a step in the process and having to go back is discussed. Especially helpful is a diagram of what happens after you flush the toilet.
Not Quite Potty Training Books
standing up Standing Up: : A toddler, visiting the Grand-Palace in Brussels, sees the bronze statue of Manneke Pis, a boy peeing, and is motivated to learn how to stand up to pee. This is not an easy task but after a few attempts he is able to aim at trees, cracks in the sidewalk, and is finally able to stand beside his father at a urinal. With its easy going artwork and humorous cartoon drawings the reader along with the child will be smiling. Even the endpapers have a whimsical touch as they are decorated with a child’s clothes hung up to dry on a clothes line.
who’s in the bathroom? Who’s in the Bathroom?: Waiting for a long time in a line to use a public toilet, two children speculate on why it is taking so long. Is it an elephant “having a poo” or a whale “doing the world’s biggest pee?” Finally, unable to wait, they cut in line, knock on the door, and find an octopus conscientiously washing all eight of his “hands.” This brightly cartoon illustrated story will captivate children and adults with its “waddling penguin too frozen to piddle”, a farting rhinoceros, and a “widdling” wombat.
time to pee! Time to Pee!: Wise mice guide the children to the bathroom and back in this encouraging resource. The text is presented in flags, banners, and signs that are held up by these mice and include “Don’t Panic!”, “It won’t take long”, and “Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time – you’ll get another chance.” Reviewing bathroom procedures and reminders to use toilet paper, to flush, and to wash your hands is included and much appreciated by parents. Each copy features a chart and reward stickers. Helpful techniques to ease the anxiety of this important hurdle in a child’s life will insure a positive outcome.
potty (mylo freeman) Potty (Mylo Freeman): A potty appears in the jungle with a note reading, “Only the best bottom of all will fit on this potty.” What are the animals to do? Each tries to claim ownership of the potty but as the zebra, giraffe, leopard, snake, elephant, gorilla, and tortoise all find out, their bottoms are too big. It is discovered that a small African child who has no stripes, spots, or fur on his bottom is the perfect fit. With the text consisting mostly of dialogue and the bright watercolors of the friendly animals, this story will appeal well to toddlers.
little monkey’s big peeing circus Little Monkey’s Big Peeing Circus: To show off his peeing talents, Little Monkey opens a peeing circus. He is shown peeing into a toilet that is mounted on wheels and can be put in a variety of angles. The audience of animals cheers him on. Mimi is envious and decides she wants to join the circus. She discovers that even “without a peepee” she can pee as well as Little Monkey and they both perform for the audience. This story provides the reader with a lesson in girl parts and boy parts while also glorifying an often taboo subject.

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