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Best Potty Training Books for Toddlers
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January 4, 2024

Best Potty Training Books for Toddlers

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Best Potty Training Books for Toddlers

Potty training is an exciting and stressful time for caregivers and toddlers alike. Whether it’s a process that spans several months or you’re attempting the three-day method (we wish you the best of luck…and minimal cleanup), reading a few potty-focused books to your toddler can make reaching this milestone a little more fun.

From demystifying the strangeness of poop (and the reassurance that everyone does it) to friendly faces cheering your little one along, these potty training books were written with curious—and maybe a little nervous—toddlers in mind.

What to look for in potty training books

While potty training books for grown-ups are detailed, research-backed and usually pretty long, toddler potty training books should feature:

  • Simple words that are appropriate for a toddler’s vocabulary. Words should only be one to two syllables (three syllables if the word is “underwear”).
  • Gentle and encouraging language to help your little one feel loved and supported through this time of transition.
  • Step-by-step instructions to guide them through potty time (don’t forget hand washing!), with each step explanation being brief, no more than two short sentences.
  • Focus on potty time. Some potty books for toddlers feature extra characters or adventures where potty training is only a side quest. These are fine if your little one already knows how to use the potty and just needs reinforcement. But for toddler just starting out, stick to short, simple books that are only about how to use the potty.

Sometimes the first hurdle of potty training is getting your little one to understand what’s been happening in their diapers. And it’s not uncommon for toddlers to suddenly be embarrassed by the fact that they poop. The reassuring lesson of this classic book is that poop happens naturally after you eat, so everyone who eats, poops. Everyone.

Everyone Poops


If your little one is brand new to the potty and feels a little unsure, they’ll probably find this story very relatable. The toddler in this book takes their time approaching their new potty, waiting until they’re truly ready. Playful rhymes, bouncing rhythm and fun lift-the-flaps can ease potty time worries and remind your toddler that it’s okay to not be ready right away.

A Potty for Me!


Using encouraging words and a fun little song, this book helps your toddler remember to listen to their body to know when it’s time to go. The pages gently guide your toddler step by step through the potty process, from what your potty might look like, to how your body might feel, to waiting and waiting (and potentially having an accident, which is okay!), to finally using the potty, horray!

Let's Go to the Potty!


“I could go in my diaper, but should I?” Once a diaper isn’t the only option anymore, a very important question arises. The toddler in this silly story looks to others for the answer. Where do kitty and doggy go potty? After a little potty dance and a lot of waiting, something finally happens! Tinkle tinkle toot, “I did it!”



Got a little dinosaur fan? This friendly dino brings you along during their potty time, explaining every step of the way with easy-to-follow instructions. And if your toddler loves unicorns, this book comes in a unicorn version, too!

Dino Potty: Learn to Potty with Dino


Using silly rhymes about all your toddler’s heroes, this book reinforces the idea that everyone poops, even superheroes, firefighters, soldiers and movie stars. Knowing that the people they look up to also have to use the potty might inspire reluctant little ones to give potty training a try.

Even Superheroes Use the Potty


Talking about poop all the time can feel a little tedious, so here’s a potty training book that focuses on another (hopefully less gross) aspect: underwear. Some diapers may look cute, but they’re nothing compared to the variety of fun and adorable designs found on tiny undies. Even better, preschoolers tend to get really excited at the prospect of picking out their own set and feeling so grown up. Note: Since this is a gendered book, there’s also a version that gets girls excited about upgrading to panties.

Big Boy Underpants


Fans of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood will instantly recognize the song in this story as Daniel reminds readers “when you have to go potty, stop and go right away.” This book is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers who are past the first few hurdles of potty training but still need a little help remembering to go right when they feel like they need to. And Daniel’s catchy song makes for a perfect reminder. Keep in mind: some parents said the sound on the toilet flush button wore out very quickly.

Daniel Goes to the Potty


Got Cocomelon songs stuck in your head? Here’s one more! “The Potty Song” plays when you press the middle button on the sound board, and you can sing along when it appears in the story of JJ learning to use the potty. The book also makes flushing and soap bubble sounds to go along with the steps of potty time.

Cocomelon JJ's Potty Time Board Book with 3 Sound Buttons


If your little one has been potty training for a while and knows the basics, then they’ll love going through all the familiar steps alongside Elmo and his cousin Albie. As Elmo wipes, flushes and washes his hands, toddlers can help out by lifting the flaps to reveal a roll of toilet paper, running water in the sink and more. Keep in mind: this book isn’t great for little ones who are brand new to potty training, as many of the lift-the-flaps don’t have to do with using the potty and could distract from the learning process. And while some of the steps of using the potty are mentioned, the story focuses more on the fact that Elmo and Albie are both already potty trained.

P is for Potty!


Amylia Ryan

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Amylia Ryan is the Associate Editor at Babylist, specializing on the topics of health, wellness, lifestyle products and more. Combining nearly a decade of experience in writing and editing with a deep passion for helping people, her number one goal in her work is to ensure new parents feel supported and understood. She herself is a parent to two young children, who are more than willing to help product test endless toys, books, clothes, toiletries and more.

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