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P is for Potty! (Sesame Street) (Lift-the-Flap) Board book – Lift the flap, July 22, 2014
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About the Author
Christopher Moroney has illustrated many Sesame Street books, including the popular Sesame Beginnings series.
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Board book : 12 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780385383691
- ISBN-13 : 978-0385383691
- Dimensions : 8 x 0.29 x 9 inches
- Reading level : Baby - 3 years
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (July 22, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 038538369X
- Best Sellers Rank: #306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The biggest issue I have with this book is that it is too long and there is so much dialogue, making it harder for a child my daughter's age to follow along (There is so much Elmo says "...." and Albie says "....." and Elmo's mommy says "...."). It may have worked better if the author simply told the story instead of all the "talking" by different characters. It also doesn't have the word repetition that you find in other toddler board books. I also felt there was something about the vocabulary used in the book that made it more complicated than other books targeted for the 1-3 year old range.
In my opinion that storyline is too long and there is too much going on for a 1-3 year old to follow, especially if you want it to be an introduction to potty training (versus a storybook for a child who is at the tail end of potty training and has the occasional accident). Here is the storyline/plot: Elmo and his mom are babysitting Elmo's cousins, Albie and baby Jo Jo. The baby is fussing because he is wet and needs a diaper change. He gets a diaper change while Albie announces twice that he used to wear diapers but is now learning to use the potty. They have lunch and then Elmo uses the big toilet in the bathroom and they show the steps (wiping, flushing, washing hands). Albie doesn't need to use the little potty. They play in the sandbox and then Albie has an accident and changes into dry clothes. He is reassured by Elmo's mom that it is ok. Later, Albie successfully uses the little potty. Then Albie gets picked up by his mom and tells her all about his day.
In terms of the quality of the book, the pages are much thinner than the typical board book. As others have mentioned, even though it now has over 30 flaps to lift, they are unrelated to the potty and the storyline, and are really just an added distraction if you are wanting to use this book as an educational tool about potty training. They are great activities for learning "before and after" (for example, a lamp that is off and then you flip the tab and it is now on or blocks that are stacked up high and you flip the flap and they are knocked over).
In conclusion, had I seen a copy of this book before I purchased it (such as a "look inside" preview that some books have on Amazon), I wouldn't have purchased this for my daughter. I've included some photos of the inside of the pages so that others can take a glance before they decide to purchase.
Here is a tip mommies! About a month ago, my son was 3 years and 2 months. He didn't want to go on the potty. One of his friends came over and his mom and I had a cup of coffee. She told me that when her son was 2 1/2, she took him to day care one day and they told her that the next day to bring in SIX PAIRS OF UNDIES AND SIX FULL CHANGES OF CLOTHES because there would be no more diapers. They said pull ups don't work bc the kids just think they are diapers.
The trick is to make them feel the wet. It gets cold on them and they don't like it. I was scared to ruin my rugs and furniture but I figured what the heck! So, the next day, I put him in his undies that I had eagerly bought on his 2nd birthday (hahahaha). He peed in them and came to be devasted "mommy!!! I am WET!!!! I need a bath! I am STICKY!!"
I put him in the bath and threw his clothes in our other tub (figured that I would let a few sets pile up and then do a load). When he got out, he got fresh undies and fresh clothes, of course. He tried to ask for a "diapee" and I explained "nope this is it from now on. You can go on the potty and stay dry or poop and pee in your clothes and get sticky and cold and wet".
About an hour later, my husband walked into our bathroom and he was SITTING ON THE TOILET WITH A POOP IN THE POTTY! We wiped his butt. Told him that we were so proud (he loves this and now asks every time "are you proud?". He got to pick a treat out of the treat bucket (left over Halloween Candy, lol) and he gets to stick a sticker on my wall in my bathroom (it is shiny paint so easy to remove).
And that was it. He went pee and poop all on his own. I had my hubby teach him how to push his "winkie" to shoot in the toilet. He goes pee on the big potty and poop on his little potty on the floor. He comes and gets up (carrying the poop in the removable potty bowl - which is totally gross) and he is so proud and we go in and wipe him and clean the potty after he dumps it in his big potty.
We did make one mistake. He had gymnastics the 3rd day and we put him in pullups bc we didn't want him to poop on the other little gymnasts :)!!! This kind of backed us up and he was wetting his underpants a bunch of times a day for a few days but we just didn't make a big deal about it and he eventually chose to stay dry on his own. He still makes mistakes but he knows where his undies are so he will strip and throw his wet clothes in the bathtub in his bathroom (he gets embarrased I think and doesn't want to be ridiculed for a mistake - which i get so it is fine with me). and then he goes and gets his underpants from his closet shelf and puts them on. He does fine at night.
I am posting this for the mommies who are buying this book because they have talked about potty training with their little one but they aren't budging. I really hope this helps!!! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions :) email@example.com
Good Luck and I Wish You Lots of Dry Underpants!!!! GOD Bless you :)
Edit: Also, the title is completely irrelevant to the book. Don't expect any reference to the alphabet.
Don’t recommend for toddlers in toilet training.
•The wording is confusing, long,drawn out, hard to follow.
•The lift up flaps are very thin paper-cardboardish, hard to open and rip, tear. Frustrating for a toddler. Not made for their chubby little hands,fingers.
Once the flaps are opened, they don’t close.
On the plus side:
Bright and fun pictures. (Make up your own story to go with the pictures and your toddlers needs)
Tons of flaps to lift and peep (tear) -it’s very cute, but not made for chubby toddlers fingers.
It’s a challenging. (this book and toilet training, why add to the toddlers frustration?)
Top reviews from other countries
I found I was pending more time changing the words to the uk alternitave than actually reading it.
I wouldn’t buy this again
This, paired with our Elmo & Dorothy potty, is really doing the trick. It is a brilliant way of explaining to children the joys of potty training. Pages are thick card, each flap is interesting (there are loads of hidden treasures!) and the story is excellent.