Friday, May 29, 2009

Potty training books

Potty training is going so-so in our house. Jellybeans continue to be the sole enticer. On occasion, Abigail will announce that "I need go baffroom - my tomach" but it doesn't mean anything other than she's willing to sit on the potty. Mostly she just asks to go so she can get more jellybeans.

I have tried several potty training books. I used to recommend potty training books when I worked at a bookstore so I thought I would have no problem with finding a good one to read to Abigail.
  • Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel - This was one of my favorites to recommend and it is a good one, but can be a little tedious to read out loud. Also, the potty chair is a chamber pot, which is great if you have a chamber pot (Nova Naturals sells them), but we have an Elmo potty chair and a Dora potty seat. Not the same thing at all. It did give me a fun way to talk about body parts, though.
  • Everyone Poops by Tami Gomi and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum - emphasizes that everyone has to go to the bathroom. It's just a fact of life, and nothing to be embarrassed about or scared of. My husband was a little freaked out by all the poop illustrations, and Abigail just didn't seem to care.
  • Going to the Potty by Fred Rogers - This one may be my favorite. Instead of cartoony illustrations, this book is filled with photos of real kids sitting on the potty. The book uses technical terms instead of cutesy ones which I liked (although "bowel movement" does get a little tedious).

Did your child have a special book the helped with potty training? I'm open to suggestions!


Drew&Samsmom said...

nope.... i bought 25 pair of spiderman undies at biglots and used stickers as his enticer! he went on himself a very few times - granted it could be messy. i don't reccomend pull-ups...i think the stifle the process!

UK lass in US said...

I just stuck my kids in underwear and gave them stickers to put on a piece of paper stuck on the bathroom wall. It turns out that I am such a mean mum, that my son was VERY excited about getting stickers and would risk doing himself an injury to go to the bathroom as many times a day as possible. My daughter was less impressed, but we told her that she couldn't go to school until she was used to using the potty...

I didn't even think of looking for books.

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