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How to Make Potty Training Easier

Jan 21 2014 - 7:53am

That diaper's gotta go, baby! Potty training [1] toddlers is a tricky feat for any mama — and sometimes scary and stressful for all of those involved. Mama wants to move on from the diapers stage but doesn't want to pressure her tot into going potty (or deal with endless accident cleanup). On the other hand, little kids can be very uneasy, even afraid, around the toilet. After all, diapers have been a way of life since he was born! Call for backup and help your little one achieve potty-training success with the assistance of these 15 potty books, all of which make toilet time seem fun!

Big Girl Panties

Big Girl Panties [2] ($8) features a light, positive approach to motivate toddlers. What could be more rewarding for a little girl than wearing big girl panties, just like mommy? Rhyming text and colorful illustrations will help little girls say, "Bye-bye, diapers!"

Potty Time!

Author Caroline Jayne Church and her lovable illustrations make toilet training fun in Potty Time! [3] ($8). The story focuses on the basics of potty training and a sound button lets little ones practice flushing!

Potty Animals

Potty Animals [4] ($15) teaches all the basics of good potty use (wash your hands, don't wait to go, flush) through some adorable animals, who are just learning the ropes. This book covers everything from lifting the seat and closing the door to planning ahead when you're on a trip, all told in cheerful rhyme with hilarious illustrations.

No More Diapers For Ducky!

No More Diapers For Ducky! [5] ($7) is a sweet story starring two adorable animals, Piggy and Ducky, and Ducky realizes that he's big enough to use the potty from his friend.

The Potty Train

Is your little one ready to say goodbye to diapers and take the journey to Underpants Station? Then it's time to hop aboard The Potty Train [6] ($10), a silly book that's designed to make using the toilet seem fun!

Princess Potty

Every princess needs her throne, and this Princess Potty [7] book ($6) — with a perforated tiara and reward stickers — is perfect for a little princess learning to use the potty for the first time!

Everyone Poops

Many tots are afraid to go number two on the potty, but there's nothing a little humor can't solve. Everyone Poops [8] ($8) features many different types and sizes of animals — and their poop!

Diapers Are Not Forever

Learning to use the potty takes patience and practice, and this charming, straightforward board book helps pave the way. From author Elizabeth Vernick, Diapers Are Not Forever [9] ($8) — part of the Best Behavior series — helps tots learn how to use the potty and why it's time to do so, while gaining the courage and confidence to face this important milestone in their lives.

Too Big For Diapers

Your tot might be too big for diapers — and so is Baby Ernie! Read along as he tries out his new potty in Too Big For Diapers [10] ($5).

The New Potty

Mama may have grown up reading Little Critter books, and now her little one can learn how to use the potty with Little Critter's little sister in The New Potty [11] ($4).


Leslie Patricelli is the creator of a series of bestselling board books starring her adorable bald baby — and Potty [12] ($7) is one of the latest additions to that series! Tots will get a kick out of this book, as it follows the inner dialogue of baby as he conquers the potty.

Even Firefighters Go to the Potty

Clang! Clang! Clang! Even Firefighters Go to the Potty [13] ($8), a lift-the-flap book illustrated by Stephen Gilpin, teaches tots that everyone, everywhere, regardless of what they may do for a living, must take the time to stop and go to the potty — even firefighters!

Once Upon a Potty

A potty time classic! Almost 37 years ago, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated a book for her son on how to use the potty. Once Upon a Potty — Boy [14] and Once Upon a Potty — Girl [15] ($8 each) are classic books on potty training ready to be discovered by a new generation of parents and their tots!

Pirate Potty

A pirate-themed toilet-training book, Pirate Potty [16] ($6) — with a perforated captain's hat and reward stickers — is perfect for a little pirate learning to use the potty for the first time!

The Potty Book

Every little girl's graduation from diapers to potty is always a big deal — and one to make both parents and toddlers proud! Little girls will love to read all about Hannah's potty training adventure in The Potty Book — For Girls [17] ($6). There's a The Potty Book — For Boys [18] too!

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