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5 Potty Training Books for Potty Time


When it comes to potty training, the struggle is real. Both parents and little ones often feel like they’re alone in the process—parents fall victim to unwanted criticism about what they’re doing wrong, and toddlers feel lost when they witness their only cheerleaders pulling their hair out. Thankfully, potty training books prove to both parents and toddlers that they are not alone. Here are a few we recommend and the reasons why.
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by Angie Long

Angie is an experienced freelance writer and mother of two. She has extensive experience working in professional training, including the development and evaluation of training and exam material. She has a background in elementary education. Angie has a 4-year-old who still struggles with potty training, yet her 8-year-old nailed it by two years of age.


Potty Genius Blog

5 Potty Training Books for Potty Time


When it comes to potty training, the struggle is real. Both parents and little ones often feel like they’re alone in the process—parents fall victim to unwanted criticism about what they’re doing wrong, and toddlers feel lost when they witness their only cheerleaders pulling their hair out. Thankfully, potty training books prove to both parents and toddlers that they are not alone. Here are a few we recommend and the reasons why.

by Angie Long

Angie is an experienced freelance writer and mother of two. She has extensive experience working in professional training, including the development and evaluation of training and exam material. She has a background in elementary education. Angie has a 4-year-old who still struggles with potty training, yet her 8-year-old nailed it by two years of age.


potty time
When it comes to potty training, the struggle is real. Both parents and little ones often feel like they’re alone in the process—parents fall victim to unwanted criticism about what they’re doing wrong, and toddlers feel lost when they witness their only cheerleaders pulling their hair out. Thankfully, potty training books prove to both parents and toddlers that they are not alone. Here are a few we recommend and the reasons why.

“Potty,” by Leslie Patricelli

The title explains it all! This potty training book features a genderless character for both girls and boys to relate to. The illustration is cute and simple, and the text is brief, making potty time great for early learners.

“P is for Potty,” by Random House and Christopher Moroney

This potty training book channels all of its guidance through Elmo, the much-loved Sesame Street character. It is a lift-the-flap board book with over 25 flaps to lift, which makes it highly interactive and engaging. Make the potty training book extra special by keeping it in the bathroom only. That way your child may look forward to going to the bathroom and actually sitting for a while. Within the amount of time it takes to lift the flaps, they may realize that they actually do have to go. Combine this book with Elmo character underwear to turn the entire potty time into an Elmo-centric party.

“The Potty Book,” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

This is a good potty training book for when you want to read to your child before presenting them with the potty chair. In the story, the main character gets to open a box (you can call it a present) that has a potty chair inside. Reading the book beforehand can promote excitement and help your toddler get on board with the process more easily. There are also two separate versions: one for boys and one for girls.

“Once Upon a Potty,” by Alona Frankel

This is a classic potty training book that parents can read (and young children can “read”) during potty time. The board book version is sturdy and dependable for those who fall in love with it like so many other kids have. Parents love its cute illustrations, storyline, and helpfulness. Word of caution: the book actually has poop and pee illustrations, so if that makes you squeamish, consider yourself warned. Keep in mind, however, that it is written in a very matter-of-fact tone that kids often relate to. Like “The Potty Book,” there are two separate versions: one for boys and one for girls.

“Potty Training in 3 Days,” by Brandi Brucks

This one is for the parents. Author Brandi Brucks is a former nanny who became a potty training consultant and behavioral specialist. All of her wisdom is shared here in 96 pages. Parents love Brandi’s down-to-earth tone and the fact that a three-day investment of time can work wonders for potty training. There are obviously numerous potty training books available, but these five are tried and true. Feel free to comment with your favorites!

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