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The best potty training books to get your toddler towards the toilet

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UK potty training books

Potty training can be a stressful time for parents, but potty training books for your little one can make things a whole lot smoother! 

It is important to take it slow, try games to make it fun and ensure your little one feels reassured as going to the toilet for the first time can be a stressful thing. You don't want them to avoid going at all as it can lead to constipation.

There will always be toilet training mishaps and it can be a nightmare for both parent and child. So, anything that can make this process easier is a hit with us! We have rounded up the best potty training books for boys and girls, that will hopefully get your toddler out of nappies, onto the potty and eventually towards the toilet.

From revamped classics to lift-the-flap books, sticker books and even ones that cheer them on in the process. These books should keep your little one entertained and sitting long enough to take care of business.

Best potty training books:

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1) Everybody Poos by Taro Gomi

This children's book takes a no-nonsense approach to bodily functions and encourages children to be unashamed about potty training. The book explains that all living poo - some poo on land, some poo in water, some poo in a toilet and some poo in a potty. 
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2) No More Nappies by Marion Cocklico

Winner of the Junior Design Awards Best Baby Book (0-2 years), The Big Steps series is designed to help little ones cope with everyday experiences. In No More Nappies, meet Millie and Mo - follow the ups and downs of their potty-training journey brought to life with fun flaps and mechanisms. Each page has helpful potty-training tips that are endorsed by leading Early Years Consultant, Dr Amanda Gummer. 
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3) Princess Polly Potty and Pirate Pete's Potty by Andrea Pinnington

Princess Polly and Pirate Pete Potty are entertaining picture books that help parents struggling with potty training for toddlers aged 18+ months. Easily follow along with the fun pictures, showing little ones that even pirates and princesses have anxiety about using a potty. When your little one uses the potty correctly, they can press the 'cheer' button as a fun, noisy reward!
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4) Pirate Pete and Princess Polly's Potty Sticker Book by Ladybird

Pirate Pete and Princess Polly the best-selling, potty-training phenomenon come to life with an interactive sticker activity book. Follow them on her potty training adventure and join in by adding stickers to the story. With over 70 bright stickers, Princess Polly's Potty sticker activity book is perfect for helping little ones feel confident and motivated about using the potty.
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5) The Perfect Potty Zoo by Agnes Green

Follow the antics of 27 very different animals from air, land, and sea as they all go to the potty in this beautifully imaginative rhyming ABC book. This great book teaches your child not only about potty training but helps them learn the alphabet at the same time. 
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6) Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

These classic books on a timeless subject have been reinvented for a new generation. In 1975, Alona Frankel wrote and illustrated her first book, especially for her son Michael, on how to use the potty. These books for your little boy or girl have sold more than four million copies worldwide and help parents everywhere deal successfully with an often difficult challenge for the whole family.
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7) On My Potty by Leslie Patricelli

When you've got to go, you've got to go! But where? There comes a point in every toddler's life when the question must be raised – should I go in my potty? With pitch-perfect humour and pacing, this book follows one baby's thoughts and hilarious actions as they learn to use the potty for the first time.
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8) All Aboard the Toilet Train: A Noisy Bing book

Join Bing on a toilet training adventure in this interactive sound book – perfect for encouraging young children to use the toilet with confidence. It can be scary at first, but with a little practice, your little one will be catching the Toilet Train in no time. They will love pressing the sound button and joining in the fun.
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9) Where's the Poop? By Julie Markes

This engaging and sweet, funny lift-the-flap book shows children that all creatures have a place to poop: tigers in the jungle, kangaroos in the outback, and monkeys in the rainforest. With this playful book, your child will see that they have a place to poop, too. 
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10) Lulu's Loo by Camilla Reid

Join in with Lulu's toilet adventures as she learns how to use potties and proper loos. Lulu is given a special present by Mummy - her very own potty. After receiving a potty as a present from her Mum Lulu is sitting on her potty everywhere - in the kitchen, in her bedroom, in the playroom, even in the garden!

Now read:

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