Inside: Potty training books will be your best friends when it comes time to help your toddlers learn to use the toilet just like the big kids. Read on to find out which potty training books are our favorites!
Potty training books will become your best friend — and your toddler’s, too!
Ok, friends. It’s time to get down and… well, let’s be honest. A little bit dirty.
Potty training is no easy (or clean!) feat, and every single one of our children will take to it in different ways. Case in point — I began potty training my big one on a Saturday morning of a long weekend when he was two years old. By the time he woke up from his afternoon nap, he never had another accident again. No joke.
Of course, I thought it would be just as simple with my second one. I even waited a little longer. But let’s just say that my youngest was really, really happy with diapers. I’ll leave it at at that.
Get Yourself Prepared for Potty Training
There’s no doubt about it: when potty training a toddler, you’ve got to get your expectations in check and understand that you can only do your best. This is no easy feat, and as hard as you try, you only have so much control.
But, you can prepare by having the supplies you need on hand.
Wait. Supplies, you ask? Of course! But don’t get nervous. You don’t need anything major. Case in point: have a potty on hand if you want one (this is totally up to you – we didn’t use one, but other friends swore by them). Reinforcement treats (not gonna lie, we were all about the M&Ms!). Special potty training toys. Awesome big kid underwear (both my boys were obsessed with Mickey when they were potty training, so Mickey undies were an awesome source of inspiration!
And, of course, great books.
Potty training books help make a daunting process F-U-N!
As I said, my big one took to potty training in no time flat. My little one took a LOT longer. But one thing is certain — no matter where your child is in the process, potty training books help demystify what it means to use the toilet. They teach, they entertain, they cheer your kiddo on. They offer catchy jingles and rhymes to help your child remember the “steps.” Most importantly, they empower your toddlers so they learn what to expect and how to tackle the toilet with confidence.
Without further ado (pun intended!), here are our favorite potty training books.
Potty All Star: Get Out of Diapers and Into the Game!, by Ross Burach: In this super creative story, a young child (who appears gender neutral, making it perfect for both girls and boys) is eager to get off the bench, where she has been stuck in diapers for far too long, and into the game. But now she’s ready for the big leagues, and that means learning to head right to the hoop (the toilet bowl!) when she has to pee or poop. This adorable book is brilliant, both for its unique premise, great illustrations, and fun spin on potty training. A must have! Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
Potty, by Leslie Patricelli: This was a huge winner with both of my boys. Simple text, great illustrations, and an expressive child who fears then conquers the potty training process? Yes, yes, YES! It’s every bit as good as it sounds, and kids will love reading the child’s thoughts with you and then reciting them on their own. The payoff? UNDIES! And yes, your kids will scream this word with such glee once they, too, are successful! Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
Potty Time! Daniel Goes to the Potty, by Scarlett Wing: “When you have to go potty, stop and go riiiiight away, flush and wash and be on your way!” Oh man, how we love this book and this song — and this episode of Daniel Tiger! First, if you haven’t watched Daniel Tiger, do it now! My kids learned SO much from this show, and for years it was the only screen time they got. Second, this book — and this jingle — is everything. This was the other favorite potty training book in our house, and it helped my kids more than anything else! Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
P-O-T-T-Y, Kathy Ireland: Sung to the tune of B -I-N-G-O, this one will delight your kids. It’s simple, catchy and will help your child sing and cheer their way through potty training!
P is for Potty, by Naomi Kleinberg and illustrated by Christopher Moroney: While this one is definitely on the lengthier side, the lift-the-flaps and Sesame Street characters help make up for the wordiness! Here, Elmo teaches kids how to use the potty, and his little cousin Albie is in the process of learning, too. Though Albie does have an accident, accidents happen! And in the end, Albie is successful, too. Due to the length, you may want to self edit as you read if your kids are wiggly listeners. But if they love Elmo and friends, they will love this cute book. Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
The Potty Book for Boys, by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrated by Dorothy Stott: So I don’t think boy and girl versions of potty training books are truly necessary (after all, all kids sit in the beginning!) but regardless, this book is sweet in both girl and boy versions. Told in verse, this gentle book follows one little boy as he is given a great big box. Is it a brand new fish bowl? A boat? A rocking chair? No! It’s a potty, which means its time for Henry to graduate from diapers. If only it was as easy as it sounds! Yet, after reading all about Henry’s journey, your kids will be saying ‘I’m off to the potty!” before you know it. Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
Everyone Poops, by Toro Gomi: Ok so this book definitely isn’t for everyone. But if you have a child who is truly curious about what it means to make a poo, they will be fascinated by this story that celebrates the natural process of how people and animals go number two, albeit with humor and fun, too! Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
Potty Training Books for Grownups
The First Time Parents Guide to Potty Training, by Jazmine McCoy, PsyD.: Written by a clinical psychologist and mom of two, this awesome “how-to” book gives you all the tips, tricks and tools you need to potty train your toddler. Complete with a step-by-step 3 day program I causing nap and nighttime training, Dr. Jazmine also provides troubleshooting advice so you can tackle common challenges with confidence, and tips for helping a worried or anxious child through their big emotions. Love this one! Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do it Once and Do It Right, by Jamie Clowacki: Looking for a proven six-step program? This is another awesome book to help get your kiddos out of diapers and on to the toilet. If you’re wondering whether your child is ready, what kind of reinforcements to use, and what to do about regression, this book has you covered! Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
Potty Training in 3 Days: The Step-by-Step Plan for a Clean Break from Dirty Diapers, by Brandi Brucks: This is another book that will take you from diapers to undies in just three days, with a proven plan, insight into your child, and ways to stay calm and cool during all those inevitable accidents! Support independent bookstores and get the book on Bookshop.org right here!
For more amazing potty training resources, you must check out these sites!
Potty Training Tips: Things I wish Someone Told Me — Fantastic Fun and Learning
Top 5 Stress-Free Potty Training Tips — Playground Park Bench
The Five Potty Training Mistakes All Moms Make — Wunder-Mom
Dealing with Potty Training Regression? Ask Your Toddler This — What’s Up Fagans