My daughter is (finally) nearing the end of her potty training adventures. We began as many parents do: setting a kid’s potty beside the pot in our bathroom, reading potty training books, and patiently encouraging use as she showed interest.
Until one day — and I don’t think I will ever forget this moment — I was checking out at Target carrying a 24 pack of toilet paper, a box of baby diapers for my son, a box of pull ups for my daughter and a box of a billion wipes. I remember thinking, “This is it. We are going all in. I can’t carry two kids and all of this anymore!” Needless to say, the next week our big girl was in her new princess panties.
Now, I believe we are in the final days of “conquering” nighttime potty training — which began with inspiration from a close friend and ended up being timed perfectly! On to the next one before baby number three comes! We would not have made it with our sanity without close friends to commiserate with, parenting Facebook communities to get our bearings and, yes, potty training books for keeping the whole thing light and fun.
Here are our favorite potty training books to bring you smiles and encouragement even as you clean the sheets for the third time in the week or step in warm poo on the floor. May your sense of humor be with you.
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By Karen Katz
Katz is a beloved author in our family and several of her board books grace our book shelves. This small book is a reminder for your toddler to listen to their body as they go throughout the day. Still, it reminds little readers that parents are there to help when something goes awry.
By Leslie Patricelli
Join this little baby as he decides whether or not to poop in the potty. What excitement comes when or little one’s say, “I did it!” This story’s finale is no different.
By Fran Manushkin
This cute book is all about a little girls excitement over her new panties. The transition from boring diapers to the stars and princesses of big girl panties pale in comparison. Perfect book for the initial introduction to panty wearing.10 Amazing Potty Training Books For Toddlers Click To Tweet
This book is part of a series encouraging young boys as they make “big boy” transitions from diapers to underwear, being a big brother, sleeping in a big boy bed and even manners. Includes a sound player of cheering for Pete as he learns to use the potty.
By Hope Vestergaard
This book is about a few cute “preschool” animals who are learning the how to’s for using a potty like listening to you body, wiping, flushing, and washing hands. This book is a how to guide of sorts for your little trainee.
By Anges Green
This ABC book doubles as a potty training book. You’ll find this book brings you and your little one laughs as it talks about how 27 different animals and how they go potty.
By: Random House
This lift the flap book can make potty training fun. Your kiddo will learn all about how to go to the potty from Elmo as they lift over 30 flaps and discover what’s behind. This book will be a repeated source of fun for your potty trainee!
By: Maggie Testa
Join many toddler’s favorite, Daniel Tiger as he learns that there are places to go potty all over town. You and your toddler will get a lot of use out of Daniel’s tune as a helpful reminder: “If you have to go potty, STOP and go right away! Flush and wash and be on your way.”
By: Elizabeth Verdick
This book is one of the Best Behavior Series by Free Spirit Publishing, a series that includes a variety of children’s books about behavior that kids and parents will love. This cute little board book will help your toddler tackle potty training with courage. Diapers are Not Forever will give your toddler all the potty using basics and it includes tips for parents from a children’s health specialist. Double whammy!
By: Mo Willems
Mo Willems is a favorite author/cartoonist of mine who is probably most famous for his Pigeon books. This book holds his same humor as it guides tots through potty how-tos, what to expect and finally freedom from diapers!
Are there any books you have found helpful while potty training your toddler? Be sure to share them in the comments below!