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Potty Training Books for Toddlers

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Reading about potty training can be a good first step toward introducing toileting words and concepts to your child. It can also help decrease fear of the toilet and make your toddler more comfortable with this very big step in his life.

1. Potty by Mylo Freeman

Potty by Mylo Freeman
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If your child is an animal lover, this book will strike a chord. Animals in the jungle happen upon a potty, and like the glass slipper in Cinderella, only the best bottom will fit. Each animal tries, but the potty only fits when a young African boy comes along to claim the "throne." The animals have no hard feelings, though, and help the boy with suggestions on how to use the new contraption.
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2. It's Potty Time

It's Potty Time
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This book is part of a series of books that present life events in a very matter-of-fact way. The pictures are clear and colorful and the text offers encouragement and will help bolster your child's confidence. In addition, it's a board book, so it will stand up to many hours in the bathroom.
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3. I Want My Potty by Tony Ross

I Want My Potty by Tony Ross
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This board book about a princess who is sick and tired of wearing diapers will appeal to many toddlers, especially any little divas out there. The princess finds that using the potty is the best way to rid herself of the diapers, even if it isn't always easy.
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4. Koko Bear's New Potty by Vicki Lansky

Koko Bear's New Potty by Vicki Lansky
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Known for her parenting books, author Vicki Lansky has put together this book that parents and children can read together about potty training. Koko, a bear, learns that potty training is just one more thing that goes along with growing up and experiences success and setback along the way.
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5. Lift the Lid, Use the Potty! by Annie Ingle

Lift the Lid, Use the Potty! by Annie Ingle
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This board book is interactive with flaps to lift and stickers that can serve as rewards. The book follows a bunny with a new potty and is written in a step-by-step manner that will appeal to those children who do well with structure and routine.
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6. On Your Potty! by Virginia Miller

On Your Potty! by Virginia Miller
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If your toddlers seems ready for potty training, but seems indifferent about getting started, perhaps this book can help generate that missing interest.
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7. Once Upon a Potty (BOYS) by Alona Frankel

Once Upon a Potty (BOYS) by Alona Frankel
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This book is one of the first books available to children about using the potty, and it is no surprise that it has been established as a classic. It contains simple, colorful artwork that still manages to depict "poop" in very real terms. It also does a great job of incorporating parents into the process of moving from diapers to the toilet.
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8. Once Upon a Potty (GIRLS) by Alona Frankel

Once Upon a Potty (GIRLS) by Alona Frankel
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Like the boy's version above, this book has all the same great features. In addition, both books are available on DVD and VHS.
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9. The Toddler's Potty Book by Alida Allison

The Toddler's Potty Book by Alida Allison
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This book is another classic potty training book. It was written in 1978, but was recently updated and is available as a durable board book. The tone of this book is especially directed toward toddlers who might be reluctant to start using the potty.
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10. What to Expect When You Use the Potty by Heidi Murkoff

What to Expect When You Use the Potty by Heidi Murkoff
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It's like a FAQ for potty-trainers-to-be. If you liked the What to Expect series for parents, chances are you'll like this book, and so will your child. There are many books in the children's series that cover major life events, so now is a good time to introduce the "Angus the Answer Dog." This book is especially helpful for the serious toddler, who approaches things in a more logical or scientific way.
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