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- Best potty training books for parents
- Best potty training books for all kids
- Best potty training books for boys
- Best potty training books for girls
- Best potty training books for a weekend intensive
- Best potty training books for overnight potty training
Ditching the diapers is a huge milestone for parents and caregivers. The ability to put your little one on the potty instead of a changing table is a box most of us look forward to checking.
And while the success you feel when your toddler can sit, wipe, and flush on their own is rewarding, getting to that place can sometimes feel like a journey that will never end.
The good news? Millions of parents have been in the exact same spot you are in now, and some of them were kind enough to put their pitfalls and accomplishments on paper.
Here are 12 potty training books to put on your reading list.
To make the list of best potty training books, we looked at online reviews and testimonials from parents and caregivers. We also considered the “kid factor” and included books we thought toddlers would be willing to listen to and look at, over and over again.
Finally, Healthline Parenthood editors looked at our own bookshelves to share titles that helped with our own kids’ potty-training process. Here are the best potty training books, for both kids and parents.
Best potty training books for parents
Author: Jamie Głowacki
Potty training is messy, frustrating, tiring, and slightly terrifying. That’s why this hilarious but extremely beneficial guide for parents is ideal for anyone starting this process.
“Oh Crap! Potty Training” is written by an internationally recognized potty training and parenting expert who succinctly shares her six-step plan to help you toilet train your little one. The author does an excellent job of explaining the process logically and informatively while also allowing room for lots of mistakes. Plus, it’s judgment-free! The focus of the book is on kids ages 20 to 30 months.
Authors: Tasha Powers & Steven Graham
Your child may be chronologically ready for toilet training, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have the underlying skills to be successful. If you’re unsure about when to start this process, this book’s for you.
Written by a pediatric occupational therapist, “The Holy Grail of Potty Training” claims it’s an easy-to-follow system that gives you the flexibility to adapt the program to your needs. In addition to the tips in the book, you also get access to the online “Potty Training Toolbox,” which has tons of resources to help train even the most reluctant child.
Best potty training books for all kids
Author: Naomi Kleinberg
We can always count on Sesame Street to teach life lessons, including getting rid of the diapers for good. “P Is for Potty!” follows Elmo and other Sesame Street characters as they venture through the toilet training process.
Through the use of sturdy flaps, this board book entertains and educates toddlers ages 1 to 3 years old about how to use the potty. With more than 25 colorful flaps to find and open, your little one will be entertained in discovering how Elmo and his mommy master toilet training.
Author: Scarlett Wing
“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” is a beloved PBS television show watched by millions of kids. The crew also makes an appearance in several “how-to” books for toddlers and preschoolers.
In this take-along children’s sound book, the crew uses two popular teaching techniques — music and touch — to show kids how to use the potty. As you read the book, picture icons will prompt your little one to press the buttons and play the sound effects — a task they will certainly enjoy!
Best potty training books for boys
Author: Janelle McGuinness
Parents love this book for its adorable artwork, funny take on potty training from a kid’s point of view, and the tasteful way the potty process is explained.
What’s more, this book comes with two free downloads: a coloring book and a potty chart. With these extra tools, your little one may be more invested in the process and excited to learn along with the main character.
Author: Rainstorm Publishing
Your dino-loving little one will likely laugh, squeal, and rhyme their way to the bathroom with “Dino Potty.” This board book comes with excellent step-by-step potty training illustrations that encourage kids to try the potty just like Dino.
Not only does Dino learn how to use the potty, but this lovable character also gets a brand-new pair of underwear. With the help of some easy rhymes and entertaining illustrations, your child will master critical potty training steps, from start to finish.
Best potty training books for girls
Author: Parragon Books
Does your little girl dream of being a “big girl?” If your toddler is ready to ditch the diapers in favor of some big girl pants, then they’ll identify with “Potty Superhero.” This colorful, fun, and adorable book shows that even superheroes need to use the potty.
Appropriate for ages 18 months and up, the message encourages and motivates toddlers beginning to potty train to stick with the journey, even when the going gets tough. Plus, we think parents and caregivers will appreciate the positive approach the superhero takes when learning how to toilet train.
Author: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
This easy-to-follow, engaging book tells the story of Hannah, a toddler who gets a new potty as a present. Hannah likes to go outside and play but always has to wait for a diaper change before the fun can begin.
Your toilet-trainee will follow along as Hannah learns that being on the toilet is a lot easier and faster than waiting around for mom or dad to change a diaper.
Fun, silly, and light-hearted, “The Potty Book for Girls” is a fan favorite — Healthline Parenthood editor Saralyn Ward said her daughter read this book often, even after potty training was done.
Best potty training books for a weekend intensive
Authors: Nathan Azrin & Richard Foxx
No system is perfect, but this updated version of the original Azrin-Foxx method of potty training is the go-to for parents wanting to get the job done in less than a day. The authors take you step-by-step from pre-training to your child confidently using the toilet without assistance.
Their program requires patience and your undivided attention to the steps, so plan on putting everything else on hold and staying home while you complete the training.
Author: Teri Crane
If you’re determined to get the job done fast, you’ll need a clear and concise plan that’s easy to follow and makes the process somewhat fun. The “Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day” method uses charts, quizzes, and checklists to help parents with every step of the way. The program also emphasizes “potty parties” to help keep your little one motivated to go to the bathroom.
Best potty training books for overnight potty training
Author: Brandi Brucks
Parents and caregivers looking for tips on overnight potty training will appreciate the attention the author gives to an “empty bladder” before bed.
To set your child up for success, you’ll want to adhere to this step, which asks you to set your child on the potty 30 minutes before bed, and then one more time as the very last thing they do before hopping into bed. This is just one of five steps in the book that will help your child be accident-free overnight.
Author: Jazmine McCoy
If this is your first go-around with toilet training and your little one is struggling to stay dry overnight, then check out this first-time parents’ guide written by a clinical psychologist and mother of two.
This 3-day program combines education information and practical advice with encouragement and reassurance that every child is different. Plus, the author makes a point of reminding parents that personality traits play a role in the success of daytime and nighttime training.