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Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books) Hardcover – September 14, 2010
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- A gender-less baby character (12 months to 24 months max)
- Child using a toddler potty (not the regular toilet)
- A naked baby with privates cleverly covered; one image of a bare butt (see pic)
- A dog and cat going potty outside and in cat box
- No actual poop or pee
- Baby running with toilet paper in celebration at the end (see pic)
The story, in a nutshell [I say he, but baby could easily be a girl]:
Baby has to go potty and wonders where he should go (in diaper or somewhere else). He asks where the animals go to the potty and sees where. He decides to try going on his toddler potty. You see a sequence of the steps (remove diaper, sit, read book, wait, wait more) before he succeeds ("Tinkle, tinkle, toot... I did it!"). He celebrates with his parents. Last page spread just depicts all kinds of underwear, presumably to help your little one can get excited about wearing them (boy and girl styles shown).
The book is adorable and I love the art. This book has short, simple sentences and clearly target the younger potty training crowd (definitely for under 2, though older toddlers may still enjoy). I'll working on potty training soon (hopefully around 18 months) so I really appreciate a young character. I don't see my son relating as well to preschool age book characters. We are reading this now, ahead of time to familiarize him with the concepts and he loves this one. I wish the baby in the book asked where his parents go potty and not just the pets. Though parents are easier to make a direct relation to, the plot does allow conversations about everyone/thing having a place where they go potty, and baby's place is on the little potty. Since we have dogs, that may help.
I'll be reviewing every potty training book I can get my hands on in the near future as I find the ones I like best so stay tuned!
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I missed out - oh darn ;-) - on most of the process with our middle grandson since my daughter-in-law became a stay-at-home mom as he was almost ready to begin, and now it's coming time for the youngest grandson to start. I truly love everything about this darling little board book - not only the cute illustrations (author/illustrator Leslie Patricelli does such a super job capturing the baby's expressions!), VERY simple words that a 2 year old can relate to, and the nice thick pages on this 7" x 7" book (perfect for a youngster to hold while waiting for something to happen on the pot), but ALSO how terrifically it reflects the growing awareness a child must have before he/she is ready to begin the process. Being able in his/her mind to connect the physical sensation with how to respond, decide what he/she wants to do (go in the diaper or on the potty?), get there, take the diaper off, sit and stay there long enough to finish - for a youngster, that requires a LOT of memory/concentration, and being able to combine physical/cognitive skills. The final pages do a super job of positive reinforcement - from his own sense of accomplishment, to his parents praise, to the reward at the end... "UNDIES!"
It's so sad to think that - according to the American Academy of Pediatrics - more abuse occurs during toilet training than at an other stage of development, with parents'/caretakers' expectations sometimes exceeding a child's abilities/understanding, mistaking a child's imperfect attempts for acts of willful disobedience. Wow - when you talk about early opportunities to BUILD a child's self-esteem, to REWARD each progressive positive step, to cement the bonds of trust between child/parent by treating relapses as not a failure, but part of the learning process, just as with any skill we develop! Not all kids are ready at the same time, and trying to force it too early is going to backfire in terms of stressing a child out and prolonging the process. Yes, it's a stressful (and usually messy!) period, but positive reinforcement and patience - whether you're a child or an adult - always gets better results than negative reinforcement and exhibited/sensed frustration. This is such a simple yet excellent little book to give to some little person in your life to help "psyche themselves up" for independently managing one of their daily bodily functions!
And then it shows the parents running in like maniacs, so excited. Perfect.
Some of these books out there are much to wordy and complicated with no humor. This book allows you to improvise and is straight to the point with silly pictures and concepts. Love it.