My daughter is just over two years old and my wife and I have begun the potty training phase. For the most part things are going well. We switched from the annoying diapers with the tabs to “pull-ups” and our daughter doesn’t mind using the potty once she’s there. The only problem is she tends to “forget” to tell us when she needs the potty and if we ask if she needs to use the potty, it’s almost always an emphatic “no”.
We’re not panicking yet. We have yet to really press the issue on potty training. Still, it would be nice..
How does this relate to books? Well, my wife checked out a pretty good book last week, Once Upon a Potty — Girl, by Alona Frankel. So far, my daughter is loving it.
The book starts by describing all the parts of the little girl, letting the young reader know she is just like them. Next it describes how the little girl used to go to the bathroom in her diaper when she was younger. Finally, the little girl receives a potty as a present.
Next comes some silly parts where she asks if it’s a birdbath, or a hat, or a bowl for the cat. My daughter really likes to repeat that part.
Eventually, the little girl does “wee wee” and “poo poo” in the potty and everyone is happy. Surprise twist, huh? Anyhow, I think this is a good book to encourage a little one to use the potty. We aren’t totally there yet, but maybe we’ll keep this book for a few weeks to see what’s happened. It is my daughter’s current “favorite” book.
One more thing. When my wife asked my daughter what her favorite part of the book was she answered, “Wee-Wee and Poo-Poo”. I guess the topic of #1 and #2 is always a crowd favorite!