Ok, Pleeeze, don't stop reading my blog just because I'm posting a lot about potty training. It's just kind of our world right now. Hopefully some of you are also potty training and can relate to the crazy, consuming topic of potty training. A few weeks ago, I asked people for their help in preparing to potty train. My son was showing many of the signs of readiness to potty train and I had no idea where to start. Well, I received some great suggestions and I thought I'd pass them along to you-- along with some reviews of the potty training books we used and others used.
My Big Boy Potty by Joanna Cole (author of Magic school bus books, if it sounds familiar to you). This has been my favorite book so far. The text is clear, the pictures are clear. It explains the process well. It address accidents, wearing diapers at night, and standing up and peeing like daddy (when you get bigger). There is a girl version, My Big Girl Potty but we don't need that one :)
I really think Logan enjoyed My Big Boy Potty. In fact, we started by reading this book and then I gave him a doll that peed. I let him name his doll. Guess what he named him? "Michael." The name of the boy in this book! We watch Michael drink and pee and we cheer when Michael goes on the potty. Michael and Logan got a sticker when Michael went on the potty. Then I told Logan he could get a sticker if HE went on the potty. The kid is obsessed with stickers so it is a good motivator.
How to Potty Train Your Monster by Kelly S. Dipucchino. This is a cute book. If your child is really in to monsters, it could be a good motivator for him. However, the pictures are not clearly about potty training and the text seems more for adult humor than for kids. (Of course, adults need all the humor they can get to make it through potty training, right?)
Pirate Potty by Samantha Berger. Again, the text seems more for entertaining adults than for teaching a young child how to use the potty but Logan enjoyed this book. The coolest thing is that at the beginning of the book, there is a pirate hat that you can make. Logan loves hats. We actually made a "Potty hat." out of a party hat and he gets to put his stickers on his potty hat. He also wears it around the house. I told him it could help him remember to go potty. (Of course, if hats aren't your child's thing, this probably won't work.) Oh, and there is a girl version of this one too but I don't know if it comes with a hat. Princess Potty
Gayle from One Cramazing Life recommended Everyone Poops. Ok, I have to admit. We haven't checked out this book yet. Mostly because my husband has a junior high sense or humor about all bodily functions and I don't want to encourage that in any way. Here is Gayle's review of the book, "It's a cute book, but I'll admit it did nothing more than cause hysterical laughter to sound from my husband and I as we tried to read it. It does offer pictures, text like, "A mouse makes tiny poop" and so forth. I'm assuming it would work if you have a child who is afraid to poop on the potty. "
Gayle also recommended Once Upon a Potty -- Boy She said, ""Once Upon A Potty" was written by a mother as she potty trained her children and I know many parents who used it. Our pediatrician recommended the book to us as a tool to help our oldest son with potty training. The author uses "wee-wee" and "poo-poo" in the book, but also recommends parents read the book with their children and develop their own words if it helps. I'll admit, it helped some, but we had to use other...erm...creative ideas. =)
Gayle also suggested the Sesame Street - Elmo's Potty Time DVD. I bought it and it has been a favorite of Logan's. The only problem is that he tends to go while watching the video.
Another reader from Embracing Destiny, said she found good resources at Pampers and BabyCenter. I liked the song, "Tinkle, Tinkle" at Pampers. I also enjoyed this article from Babycenter on when to potty train.
So, we've just started potty training. We're reading the books. We're taking potty breaks. My kid is running around naked. I've got to say, it's one of the hardest things I've ever done!! Some other readers gave me some great tips that I will share soon as well as what is working for us and what is NOT working for us. Trust me, there are a lot of things that are NOT working at this point but right now I'm still telling myself, "you can do this!!" If he doesn't catch on a little soon, we'll probably take a break for a while. It's hard to know if they are truly ready! If anyone else has any books or tips, let me know. I'd be happy to link back to you!