Potty training can be like climbing a mountain: It’s a lot of work and is sometimes uncomfortable, but after you’ve reached the summit, it’s all downhill from there. But what’s the best way and best time to do it? Your preferences and your child’s temperament can affect which approach is most successful for you. Here are 5 popular potty-training books to arm you with all the tools you need to get your child out of diapers for good.
Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki
Many moms swear by this six-step, gimmick-free process. It does not involve any rewards, and Glowacki recommends starting your kids in the 20- to 30-month window for optimal success. The book takes a straightforward approach to the topic and, as you can tell by the title, maintains a dry sense of humor.
Available on amazon.com, $9.48.
Diaper-Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner by Jill Lekovic, M.d.
This book is geared toward parents with babies as young as nine months old and who are interested in a gentle, more organic way of introducing potty training. In her approach to ditching the diapers, Dr. Lekovic incorporates evidence-based methods that help children become aware of their body signals and boosts potty-training confidence (both for parents and kids). The book also includes sections on bedwetting, daycare, special needs children and how to potty-train older kids.
Available on amazon.com, $12.71.
Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro by Teri Crane
Looking for a way to make potty training fun for you and your child? Try throwing a potty party! Crane explains how to effectively use a doll and a themed party to get your child to learn how to use the toilet in just one day. For those of you who would like to use rewards and aren’t afraid to drop some money on incentives, and potty party supplies, this may be the right method for you.
Available on amazon.com, $9.27.
Stress-Free Potty Training: A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child by Sara Au and Peter L. Stavinoha Ph.D.
The authors of this book recommend you take your child’s personality into consideration when deciding how to potty-train. You’ll learn about the most common childhood personality types and which potty-training approach might fit your child best. They also include solutions to common obstacles, including refusal to poop on the potty and sensory issues. In this approach, the process takes longer than a few days, which takes the pressure off (so to speak) and allows you and your child to have a more stress-free experience.
Available on amazon.com, $7.51.
Potty Training in 3 Days: The Step-by-Step Plan for a Clean Break from Dirty Diapers by Brandi Brucks
The author is a behavioral specialist and includes these insights in her book, so you can understand what your little one may be thinking or feeling during the potty-training process. Brucks attacks potty training by giving parents a solid three-day, detailed plan of how this is all going to go down. She’s a fan of caregivers committing to the process and recommends not going back to diapers once you’ve introduced underwear. If you’re all about following a solid plan, pick this one!
Available on amazon.com, $9.86.
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— Sarah Blight