As any parent of a young child knows, potty training is as hard as it is messy. Scientists have thought about the different ways, and parents who have been there and done that can be very passionate about what works and what doesn’t. Nothing will happen unless your child is interested and motivated. It doesn’t matter if you go slow or go full-force. how to do that? The best potty-training books can be read during story time. Take one, two, or three of these out. With the help of interesting stories and happy characters who use the bathroom, you might be able to get out of Costco-sized diaper bags soon!
A Potty for Me! by Karen Katz
A potty-training book that’s been around for a long time is this one. It’s full of positive words and fun rhymes that teach kids how to use the toilet. And the lift-the-flap game might help them, or at least keep them entertained while they try.
Potty Superhero, by Mabel Forsyth
The main character in this top pick, one of the best potty-training books for boys on Amazon, is a superhero. If your little boy likes to play superheroes, then he might learn a thing or two from this book. Tells about how even superheroes need to go to the bathroom before they can save the world. Your child will want to wear big-boy pants if everything goes well. He will also want to wear his cape.
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
Yes, babies should use the litter box to go to the bathroom, but how should they do it? Not really. This is one of the best potty-training books because it makes fun of itself. Animals are used to show that people should use the toilet.
Daniel Goes to the Potty, by Maggie Testa
Think about this book when you look at the next-level potty-training books on the shelf. This book is based on an episode of the very popular PBS show. It tells pint-sized potty-users that if they need to go, they should go right away, even if they’re very busy with their Lego Dulpos. You can help your child learn from his favorite friend, Daniel Tiger, by making jingles that he will enjoy. Stop and go right away if you want to use the bathroom. This is where you can sing along. When you’re done, press the book’s button, which makes a toilet flush sound.
Even Firefighters Go to the Potty by Wendy Wax and Naomi Wax
He or she might look up to firemen, but what do you think? This book is a lot of fun because it uses real people as potty-goer role models.
Princess Potty, by Samantha Berger
Another bright choice from potty-training books that encourage kids to copy the behavior of someone they admire is this one, which features an all-pink princess as the waste-management role model. If you’re a little girl who loves princesses and thinks you’re a princess, you’ll love this book. It shows how the main character goes from being a royal baby in diapers to a big girl who uses a potty. It comes with reward stickers as well, so you can show off your progress.
Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi
Compared to the other books on this list, this one doesn’t have much of a story. But it makes it clear that there’s no shame in going number two. The book’s unusual subject matter and bright illustrations will keep your toddler’s attention.
Big Girl Panties, by Fran Manushkin
If you’re looking for more modern potty training books, this one is worth a look. One of the best potty-training books for kids who are into fashion is this one, right? Catchy text has a rhythm. The illustrations are bright and fun. What’s the point? There are a lot of fun things to wear when you start wearing underwear, like rainbow pants and princess pants. Who wants to deal with diapers when you have this? I don’t think this is your little fashion diva, though.
Diapers Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick
I think this book’s main point is that it takes time to learn how to use the bathroom. A lot of parents and caregivers could use some help, right?
Sesame Street: Potty Time With Elmo
In the same way that Elmo can teach kids to say the alphabet, he can teach them how to use the toilet. There are buttons that make sounds, and what toddler doesn’t like to push them?
Poop! There It Is! by Xavier Finkley
You might need to make potty training fun to get through it. Because this book is one of our favorite ones for potty training, it might make you think back to the 1990s.
Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty, by Leigh Hodgkinson
There are so many potty-training books out there that you think there can’t be any more. This one comes just in time. The book goes back in time to when Goldilocks (of the Three Bears) was a little girl in diapers. She was just as sassy back then as she is now, as the bold big girl who tried other people’s oatmeal. Your child may want to do the same thing that she did when she got tired of wet diapers and wanted to wear big girl underwear.
Toilet Tales by Andrea Wayne von Konigslow
Giraffes use the bathroom all the time, but have you ever seen one do it? In this book, of course! “Here’s another animal-themed story to show kids that the toilet is for “big kids like you.”
The Potty Book by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Kids learn that using the toilet means more independence and more time to play. You can get a version written for a boy or for a girl.
Diapers Are Not Forever (bilingual)
This book is bilingual, so we added it to the list. Potty training can be a good time to teach babies and toddlers new languages, so why not do that?
Each page of this title has two different English and Spanish sentences on it. You’ll be able to choose which one you want to read with your friends at the time.
When your child sees this, they know they’re becoming a big kid. So, then, it makes a joke about how they’re going to have to learn how to use the bathroom when they’re old enough.
You’ll find a short guide for parents at the end of this story to help you help your child.