We are there…we have made it to this point: the potty learning process. Eek! So bittersweet! I remember when my little girl was so tiny, how cute she looked in her pink cloth diapers and how convenient it was (mostly) to have a little one in diapers. I also remember the stinky diaper pail, the washing/folding process of the cloth diapers and daydreaming of having a diaper-less home. Read on…
After three weeks, Sister has not been in cloth diapers or wool cover (only pull-ups) at night, goes #1 almost without being asked (she goes on her own) and she has made the breakthrough to going #2 on the potty (after about 2 weeks of trying daily, but feeling apprehensive about it). We are starting to go on outings with her in big girl undies, but not all of our outings have been “dry.” We are getting close, though.
All in all, I am simply amazed at how quickly my children simply grow and mature and flourish right before my eyes. I love to see them taking ownership of their successes, celebrating each others’ victories and encouraging each other to “do better next time” when they miss the mark.
I am not writing this post on another potty learning how-to. There are so many wonderful ones published already, that I really wanted to complement those by sharing a list of our favorite potty learning books. Some of them, we have kept from when Brother was learning to use the toilet, so we will list those as well.
Why potty books? Well, why not? If I am teaching on a particular subject or topic, I get books to support the information that I am teaching and the things that my children are absorbing. Images, stories, and examples are invaluable when it comes to learning (especially for visual learners). Having potty books has been great because at one point (a few days before starting potty learning) we had them all in a basket and we carried it around to read books out of it several times a day. That way, we could talk about all things potty. It resonated with her and she was mentioning it and bringing it up at times.
Do we have to have this many books to potty learn successfully? No, definitely not. We have purchased some of them, but others have been gifts and/or hand-me-downs. I am sharing them all because our readers have differing likes, preferences and needs. I am showing you all of what we have and use what is helpful to you. Enjoy!
The Gift Set (with the Henry boy doll, the little potty and the teddy bear – not pictured) is really fun to have and use. You can order the book or the DVD on their own, though. You can also order both the book and DVD together.
Note on this set if you do decide to get the doll: Henry does have anatomically correct private parts and when the briefs get pulled down to “go potty,” you will see boy parts as they are in real life. In our family, it wasn’t a huge deal, but others might not want this. I think it helped with our son’s learning process and this is not something we use to teach Sister about going potty.
This was a fun book to own. I didn’t include it in our main picture because we gave it to a friend who was helping her son potty learn last year. There is a boy doll with a potty that can be purchased, too.
~ BOOKS FOR GIRLS ~
This is an older book, but really cute for girls (especially sweet for those Mommas that grew up with Precious Moments dolls and figurines).