Want your child to start using the potty? Discover the best potty training books for toddlers to help her feel excited—and less anxious—about potty training.
My son looked down at his bare bottoms—we were just about to start the three-day potty training process—glanced up at me, and bawled.
The initial excitement about wearing undies faded into anxiety. He would no longer be able to rely on the familiarity of wearing diapers.
Using a toilet seems like common sense to us, but it can feel strange, silly, even downright scary to toddlers. No wonder that potty training is often the root of many power struggles between parents and kids. We get frustrated…
- convincing them to use the potty already
- when they refuse to comply
- at their out-of-the-blue regression, especially when they’d been doing well so far
- with all the accidents that happen, even though we know they’re inevitable
My biggest advice with potty training? Go at your child’s pace. Trust me, she’s not going to enter kindergarten wearing diapers. She will absolutely get the hang of using the potty, and you don’t have to enter any kind of power struggles along the way, either.
Instead, respect her decision and emotions—if she’s at all crying about it, then you know she’s not ready (even if she physically can be).
Don’t turn potty training into a big deal. You’ll reduce the power struggles and anxieties, which will only make her more likely to give potty training a try. Following her pace will unfold into a more peaceful potty training process.
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Potty training books for toddlers
One of the best ways to ease your child into potty training is by reading books. These books feature characters she can relate to, and can give voice to some of her anxieties that she can’t yet form on her own.
You’ll also introduce new terms and lingo by reading these books, giving her the familiarity she needs to ease her anxiety.
Now, reading potty training books isn’t all about putting the pressure on her. In fact, you don’t have to read a whole stack of books at once.
I recommend including one or two books a week into your regular reading time, borrowing them from your library. Then, when you can see which ones she loves, go ahead and buy her favorite ones to read over and over.
I want to make that process easier by featuring my favorite potty training books for toddlers and preschoolers. These selections will ease your child’s anxieties about using the toilet, and help her feel excited for this new change instead.
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- 8 Simple Ways to Prepare for Potty Training
- When Your 4-Year-Old Poops in His Pants (And Doesn’t Care)
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