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You Can Go to the Potty (Sears Children Library) Hardcover – September 1, 2002
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The only thing I didn't like was the use of the terms "pee-pee" and "poo-poo" but that's easy enough to change as you read. The message is comforting at the same time the text is informative for kids, discussing the mechanics of the process as well as the benefits.
There is also a pull-out poster that shows the steps involved, and this can be placed on the bathroom wall or maybe in a spot your youngster tends to seek out when s/he feels the need to go potty.
The story itself isn't much different from the one you'd find in The Potty Book or other training books. It follows a child through potty training, buying underwear, etc. The narrative uses language a child can understand, but sometimes it seemed a bit too babyish for me. ("poo-poo goes bye-bye"). I don't think you have to talk down to kids to get them to understand. But, that small complaint aside, the book is informative and positive. It's a wonderful teaching tool, and perfectly suited for Attachment families.
Renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears and his R.N. wife Martha team up with writer Christie Watts Kelly to produce a book that stands heads above the rest. Impressive credentials, comprehensive content...but does it pass the read-aloud test?
I didn't discover this book until late in the game. My girls had already graduated to big-girl underwear and pull-ups. But I read it to them anyway. The cartoon illustrations rendered by Renee Andriani captured their attention - for awhile. Then they lost interest. Too wordy? Or just too late? My third child is due next year. When the time comes, I'll try this book again to teach the fundamentals. When s/he understands what to do, but needs extra time to do it, we'll read potty books I find more entertaining.
Unlike other books on this subject that we got to tackle the daunting mission that is potty training, this one combines entertaining and reassuring story for the child, a learning sequence that both parent and child can follow together, and a wealth of research-based information and resources specifically for the parent and/or caregiver. There is advice, explanation for both parent and child, and even a list of resources in the back. In addition to our daughter loving the story, my wife and I referred to the information in this book often. It is informative for the parent, entertaining for the child, and reassuring to both. In addition to covering the basics, the information section also touches on potential problem areas and how to deal with them. Most importantly, it assisted our family through a successful potty-training experience and of all the books we got on this subject, this one is far and away the best. This has been our experience and based on that I can wholeheartedly recommend this book.
When searching for good potty training books - we got six, I think, in an attempt to cover bases on what for us was a new and scary experience - we read many reviews.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this would be a good book for my 3 year old and while the idea is nice there is a page where the little boy accidentally pees on the floor. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Holly
I buy anything written by Dr. William Sears or his son, also a Dr. Sears! They are brilliant! They also write on infant and children's nutrition.Published 6 months ago by magic
My son is only 17 months old, so perhaps a bit too young to learn how to use the potty, but he is fascinated with this book. He loves the pictures and points out where the dog is. Read morePublished 8 months ago by sab
I'm not sure if this book helped teach our kid about potty, but he enjoyed his parents reading to him. It is a bit of a long read for a kid, but he enjoyed it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by j
Our family loves Dr. Sears' approach, and this is a good little book for kids learning to use the potty. Read morePublished 10 months ago by A. Johnson
My daughter's pre school teacher recommended this book. It's been great and my daughter loves it.Published 10 months ago by Lauren Najari
This is a very well written book and has been quite helpful in training my granddaughter. She loves to have it read to her over and over. Read morePublished 15 months ago by RLH
One of the most informative potty training books ever. Great for kids and adults. Very wordy, you choose what to include and exclude based on your needs. (It's your book. Dr. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brynnlux