There are some childhood milestones that parents look forward to with great anticipation – first words or first steps or the first time your baby sleeps through the night (hallelujah!).
Other milestones? Can send a little prick of fear into your heart.
And potty training is definitely one of those milestones.
It’s great to HAVE a potty trained child. Doing the actual training can be . . . less thrilling.
Like many things, a few picture books can go a long way to starting up a discussion of what’s ahead for your child and some fun, light-hearted potty training books can be a perfect way to introduce the idea to your child before you actually start potty training.
Here are some of my favorite books about potty training:
P is for Potty! (Sesame Street) by This delightful lift-the-flap book is illustrated with everyone’s’ favorite Sesame Street character- Elmo. It’s interactive and a great way to get your little one interested in using the potty all on their own.
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
The inner dialogue of a toddler can be pretty funny. And when it comes to the question of where to go to the bathroom, it’s even funnier. The inner dialogue questions will be sure to have your little ones shouting their responses along with Baby.
Even Firefighters Go to the Potty by Wendy Wax
Toddlers often know they have to go, but don’t want to stop playing to go to the bathroom. This funny lift-the-flap book teaches toddlers that everyone- from fire fighters to zookeepers have to stop what they’re doing and go potty!
The Prince and the Potty by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrated by Keiko Motoyama
The king and queen are worried that their little prince will never learn to use the potty and that he will become king one day still wearing diapers! That just won’t do. They consult the royal wise man who counsels the king and queen to get the prince a puppy. Can the puppy inspire the prince to use the potty?
Big Girls Go Potty by Marianne Richmond
This book has truly charming illustrations and does a great job of outlining the potty training experience. It’s a very practical book that will give your child a good introduction and help them to know what to expect from potty training.
Duck Goes Potty by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
This book will be sure to make your toddler laugh as Duck learns how to go potty. It teaches that it’s okay to have a few accidents and that everyone learns how to be a “big duck” after some trial and error.
My Big Girl Potty by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Maxie Chambliss
Great guide for toddlers (and parents) to navigate through potty training. It walks through the process and helps children know what to expect from potty training and also includes a helpful “note to parents” page.
Diapers Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by
I like the straightforward approach this book takes to potty training. It’s very positive and encourages young children to be excited about this new change from diapers to underwear and using the potty.
Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty by Leigh Hodgkinson
You missed my fav, Dino Potty!