The best potty training books for a Toddler’s Parents

There are really good books out there to help you get through the potty training process as a parent. Reading the best potty training books before you embark on the process or while potty training is going on could give you the motivation you need to keep going when it seems as if your toddler will not be potty trained for another five years! 

The best potty training books for toddlers should give you the guidance and, ideally, the vocabulary you need to help your toddler through the process of potty training when they are ready. If you are reading it before you start, it should also help you to identify when your toddler is ready to be potty trained. 

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Having said all that, it is good to keep in mind that as with all products, nothing is truly perfect. Different products serve their intended customers differently. Almost every book has reviews from customers who are not entirely happy and these books are no exception!

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3 Top Potty Training books for Toddler Parents

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  1. Potty training in 3 days: The Step by Step Plan for a clean break from dirty diapers

By Brandi Brucks. Busy parents who want to potty train fast will appreciate the straightforward and quick-read nature of this book. Do not expect to be reading for many days – it tells you everything you should know without dragging any explanations out too long. Reviewers who love this book say it really only took three days for their toddlers to be potty trained. 

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There are other parents though who find that although this book helps them in their mission to potty train their toddlers, it did not happen in three days for them. Some parents may find that as helpful as this book is, weeks are more of a realistic expectation than three days. 

Potty training tips and methods work differently for different toddlers so it makes sense that this 3-day method would work a treat for some but not for others. 

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  1. Oh Crap! Potty training: Everything modern parents need to know to do it once and do it right 

By Jamie Glowacki. Like the above book by Brandi Brucks, this potty training book is also very easy to follow. It gives you potty training tips in very simple steps. It addresses some potty training myths as well! 

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If you are not a stay at home parent, you might find that this book is not realistic for your lifestyle. That is because it requires your toddler to be half-naked for as much of the day as possible. Additionally, if you cannot bear the idea of not rewarding your child for successful potty use, this book is not for you. 

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  1. The First Time Parent’s Guide to Potty Training: How to ditch diapers fast (and for good!) 

By Jazmine McCoy. This book can be described as a kind and respectful approach to potty training. The author covers different scenarios which will make you feel like she is directly answering your questions. It also makes for easy reading. 

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It would seem though, that if you want a quick read, this is not it. Some reviews of this book say that it is longer than it needs to be. Other reviews also find this book far too general in the potty training tips that it provides. 

Did you use any books to achieve success with potty training your toddler? If so, which ones worked best for you?

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10 replies on “The best potty training books for a Toddler’s Parents”

I read and followed “oh crap potty training” to a T and it worked! My son was potty trained fairly quickly at only 2.5 years old. Highly recommend.

Kin Unpluggedsays:

Great – that’s good to know!

It has been so long since I had to potty train a child. It is great to see so many good books to help parents get the job done.

I tried reading Oh Crap! Potty Training as it was recommended multiple times over but I found the writer’s voice/vernacular, what have you, to be really off putting. I had hopes to train in 3 days but that ended up not working out, we did it on a more lax time table.

Kin Unpluggedsays:

It’s good to hear another perspective on this book! Thanks for stopping by.

I have a 2 year old. So it won’t be long before I need these books. Great reference!


Omg! We parents need all the help we can get with potty training! Any and all books are great because kids are so different, so learning a variety of techniques is best!

Kin Unpluggedsays:

So true – one might need to try a few different tricks!

Potty training was pretty straight forward for me. However, I wish I had access to some resources like these books.

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