If you think your little one might be ready to start potty training, but you’re not quite sure how to broach the subject, here’s help: Some of our very favorite potty training books for toddlers that’ll get your child excited about taking this big-kid step.
Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel (Firefly Books)
Beautifully illustrated and tenderly told. Some parents might find the text, narrated from the mother’s point of view, a little stilted, but toddlers will enjoy watching the hero open his new present (a potty, depicted as an old-fashioned chamber pot), then sit on it and wait (and wait) for something to come out. ($6)
A Potty for Me!: A Lift-the- Flap Instruction Manual by Karen Katz (Little Simon)
This sweet book, written from the child’s point of view, depicts a toddler who’s having too much fun to go potty, before achieving success. ($8)
My Big Girl Potty and My Big Boy Potty by Joanna Cole (HarperCollins)
One of the few books we found where mom and dad play a shared role in toilet training. ($7)
Sesame Street: Potty Time With Elmo by Editors of Publications International
The interactive board book lets children add their own voices to the story of Elmo teaching his doll, Baby David, all about using the potty. ($9)
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