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The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Toilet Training, 2nd Edition. American Academy of Pediatrics, $22.00

Helping your child through the toilet-training process may be one of your greatest challenges as a parent. And when it comes to this important developmental stage, every child is unique. If you’ve been confused by conflicting information from friends, relatives — even other books — here is expert advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the organization representing the nation’s finest pediatricians.  

Gathering invaluable input and suggestions from a wide range of parents on their experiences with toilet training their children, this revised and updated edition answers parents’ most frequently asked questions and concerns including:  

  • Finding the right developmental moment to start toilet training your child
  • Handling the inevitable accidents in positive ways
  • Dealing with bedwetting, resistance, and constipation
  • Choosing the techniques that will work best for your child
  • Addressing the challenges children with special needs face
  • Tailoring your training for boys, girls, even twins
  • Determining if medication is needed — and the latest on prescription options

Big Boys Go Potty. Matianne Richmond, $13.99

Big Girls Go Potty. Matianne Richmond, $13.99

Cheerful and charming story to celebrate the joys (and tears) of learning to use the toilet.


Constipation, Withholding and Your Child: a Family Guide to Soiling and Wetting. Anthony Cohn, $19.95

Constipation, Withholding and Your Child is a positive, accessible guide to dealing with the common problems of stool withholding, soiling and wetting in young children. It gives insight into the perspectives of both children and parents, enabling a clear understanding of the issue. Using friendly and informal language, the book examines the different causes of toileting problems, including the arrival of siblings and difficulties at school, and provides practical techniques and strategies to help children overcome these problems. It emphasises the importance of diet and offers advice on how to make using the toilet less frightening, the benefits of keeping a stool diary chart, and what laxatives and medications to use in different circumstances. It provides tips on how to tackle inappropriate lavatorial behaviour sensitively and addresses the issues particular to children with special needs.

This book is a reassuring, informative and non-patronising guide to help children overcome toileting problems. It is useful for parents and all professionals who work with children.

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Diapers Are Not Forever. Elizabeth Verdick, $11.95


Duck Goes Potty. Michael Dahl, $9.95


Everyone Poops. Taro Gomi, $11.95 (ages 2 and up)

Delightful, humorous, factual and wide-ranging look at this most common of experiences.

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Good Going! Successful Potty Training for Children in Child Care. Gretchen Kinnell, $18.95

Child care providers are faced with potty training large numbers of children — not an easy task! Designed as a comprehensive approach to training in child care settings, GOOD GOING address the issues involved at home and at school. Along with a healthy perspective on developing consistent policies for potty training as well as guidelines for developing productive partnerships with parents, this book includes sample parent-communication tools and detailed resources lists.


A Guide to Potty Training. Caroline Young, $15.95

This easy-to-use book from the Usborne Parents’ Guide series takes parents through every step of toilet-training with tried and tested methods. There’s also advice on how to tackle any problems you may meet along the way so you can get your child potty-trained with the least stress possible.


How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys. Todd Spector, illustrated by Arree Chung, $14.99

How to Pee: Potty Training for Girls. Todd Spector, illustrated by Arree Chung, $14.99

Family physician Todd Spector presents a fresh and outrageously fun way to encourage little ones to give up their diapers. They can try it fresh-air style (in the backyard!) or give the potty a try with the help of a few props and plenty of imagination. Using in the potty is a lot more fun if you do it dance-party style, or gymnast style!

Inspired by Dr. Spector's own experiences potty training his children, this combination of laugh-out-loud scenarios and useful advice turns the dreaded potty-training process into an exciting adventure for all.

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It Hurts When I Poop! A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty. Howard Bennett, illustrated by M.S. Weber, $21.50

Ryan doesn’t want to use the potty because he’s afraid it is going to hurt. With patience and love from his parents and a story from his doctor, Ryan learns how to be in charge of his body.


It's Not Your Fault! Strategies for Solving Toilet Training and Bedwetting Problems. Joseph Barone, $25.95

It’s Not Your Fault! offers evidence-based strategies for parents who need assistance with toilet training and helping their child with urinary control issues. With many years of clinical experience, Dr. Barone shares valuable, practical information for parents to guide them through the basics of toilet training and bedwetting, and presents management plans to resolve any difficulties that occur. A comprehensive guide, this book covers everything parents need to know about normal toilet training and bedwetting, as well as step-by-step solutions based on testing and research in a real-world setting to help children suffering from delayed toilet training, bed wetting, and daytime urinary wetting.

It’s Not Your Fault! provides hope and guidance to those desperate to help their children overcome urinary control and toilet training problems. Dr. Barone sets parents on a course that makes things better for both themselves and their children.


Keys to Toilet Training, 2nd Edition. Meg Zweiback, $10.99

Practical and effective approaches to toilet training and common toilet training problems.

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The Magic Bowl Parent’s Guide: Potty Training Made Easy. Baruch Kushnir, $24.95

This step-by-step manual focuses on the positive aspects of a child’s behavior, and build toileting skills from there. The plan is to create a stress-free, fun way to teach a young child good toilet habits — including wiping, handwashing and flushing. The book includes a DVD with an animated story that will appeal to toddlers.


Max Archer, Kid Detective: the Case of the Wet Bed. Howard Bennett, illustrated by Spike Gerrell, $14.50 (ages 4-8)

Billy is tired of waking up wet. Max Archer, Kid Detective knows what to do to help Billy learn to stay dry.


My Big Boy Undies. Karen Katz, $9.50

My Big Girl Undies. Karen Katz, $9.50

Good-bye diapers — hello undies!

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Nappy Free Baby: a Practical Guide to Baby-Led Potty Training from Birth. Amber Hatch, $21.99

By reading your baby's signs, you can apply this instinctive approach — known as baby-led potty training, or elimination communication. Practical, flexible, and pressure-free, Nappy Free Baby can help to: 

  • Identify your baby's cues
  • Learn holding positions and optimum timing
  • Manage challenges like child care, and being out in the community
  • Move toward toilet independence

Oh Crap! Potty Training — Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right. Jamie Glowacki, $20.99

Worried about potty training? Let Jamie Glowacki, potty-training expert at OhCrapPottyTraining.com, show you how it’s done. Her 6-step, proven process to get your toddler out of diapers and onto the toilet has already worked for tens of thousands of kids and their parents. Here’s the good news: your child is probably ready to be potty trained EARLIER than you think (ideally, between 20–30 months), and it can be done FASTER than you expect (most kids get the basics in a few days — but Jamie’s got you covered even if it takes a little longer). If you’ve ever said to yourself:

  • How do I know if my kid is ready?
  • Why won’t my child poop in the potty?
  • How do I avoid “potty power struggles”?
  • How can I get their daycare provider on board?
  • My kid was doing so well — why is he regressing?
  • And what about night-time?!

Oh Crap! Potty Training can solve all of these (and other) common issues. This isn’t theory, you’re not bribing with candy, and there are no gimmicks. This is real-world, from-the-trenches potty training information — all the questions and all the ANSWERS you need to do it once and be done with diapers for good.

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Once Upon a Potty for Her. Alona Frankel, DVD $17.99; Book $7.95

Once Upon a Potty for Him. Alona Frankel, DVD $17.99; Book $7.95

The DVD is a fully animated version of the best-selling toilet-training book featuring an original sing-along potty song.


Potty. Leslie Patricelli, $9.50

When you’ve got to go — you’ve got to go! But where??


The Potty Journey. Judith Coucouvanis, $26.95

A guide to toilet training children with special needs, including autism and related disorders.

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The Potty Movie for Boys. Alyssa Satin Capucilli & Dorothy Stott, $17.99 (DVD format, 30 minutes)

The Potty Movie for Girls. Alyssa Satin Capucilli & Dorothy Stott, $17.99 (DVD format, 30 minutes)


Potty Palooza: a Step-by-Step Guide to Using a Potty. Rachel Gordon, illustrated by Sarah Bergmann, $13.95 (ages 2 and up)

Warning: this book contains extremely silly humour (and some really great advice!)


The Potty Training Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 200 Questions Parents Ask. Karen Deerwester, $20.99

Easy-to-read and filled with indispensable tips and techniques, The Potty Training Answer Book helps make the process as easy and painless as possible for you and your child.

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Ready, Set, Potty! Toilet Training for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders. Brenda Batts, $25.95

Potty training a child with developmental disorders can be a real challenge, and sometimes the extra difficulties make you feel as though you've tried everything, and failed.

Bursting with ideas on how to see past conventional strategies and adapt toilet training to suit your child, this book outlines methods that have helped even the most despairing of parents and caregivers. Examples of success stories range from two-year-olds to adults aged 20, and show that no matter how difficult it may seem, a little creativity and adaptation can get anyone toilet trained, even when all previous attempts have failed. The program itself is supported by plenty of helpful hints and tips, and covers all you need to get your child past the diaper stage and help them to achieve a big step towards independence.


Stress-Free Potty Training: a Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child, 2nd edition. Sara Au & Peter Stavinoha, $21.95

No two children experience the toilet-training process in exactly the same way. While some kids might be afraid to even go near the bathroom, others may know when to go... but still never seem to make it there in time. This helpful guide takes the stress out of this challenging rite of passage, giving parents much-needed advice to help them identify what approach will work for their child's temperament. The book distinguishes between common childhood personality types, providing easy techniques tailor-fit for all kinds of kids, whether they're stubborn or willful, clinging to diapers, afraid to move on, or just late-bloomers.


Teach Toileting. Deborah Bialer, $22.95

A revolutionary approach for children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs.

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Toilet Time: a Training Kit for Boys. Janet Hall, $11.50

Toilet Time: a Training Kit for Girls. Janet Hall, $11.50

Potty training doesn’t have to be the long, frustrating process it’s frequently made out to be. Inside these gender-appropriate kits, child psychologist and mother of two, Dr. Janet Hall offers parents a wealth of guidance for getting little ones potty trained in six easy steps! Each kit includes:

  • An easy-to-follow 16-page instructional guide for parents
  • A charming 16-page board book designed to encourage children as they learn
  • Two reward charts featuring engaging characters
  • 48 reward stickers to motivate children and positively reinforce success.

By providing tools for parents — such as readiness checklists, Do's and Don’ts, and insight into how children develop — as well as rewards and encouragement for children, this adorable kit will help make potty training a positive and rewarding experience for the whole family.


Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum: a Guide for Professionals. Eve Fleming & Lorraine MacAlister, $28.95

This practical guide equips practitioners to support families and carers in developing effective toilet training programmes and provide continued help with analysing and addressing problems that occur. With appropriate intervention and persistence most children on the autism spectrum can be toilet trained, however difficult it may sometimes seem at first. 

Eve Fleming and Lorraine MacAlister are specialists on continence problems in autism and have packed their expertise into this accessible guide. Focusing on the 3 'Ps' — preparation, practicalities and problem-solving — they offer a step-by-step process tailored for children with autism, which includes strategies for managing behavioural issues, approaches to address sensory sensitivities and advice on overcoming specific bowel and bladder difficulties. It also has an invaluable chapter on approaching toilet care with older children, and teens as they transition to adulthood.

This book will give frontline professionals the knowledge and skills to support children with autism spectrum disorder and their families with toilet training.


Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues, 2nd Edition. Maria Wheeler, $27.50

Maria Wheeler offers effective strategies that take the child’s sensibilities into account rather than trying to make traditional methods fit the child. Tips, case examples, and cautions help make the process more of a lesson and less of a battle for all involved. Practical and comprehensible, this book will help guide families and caregivers working with children and youth in a supportive and compassionate manner.

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Toilet Training Success: a Guide for Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Frank Cicero, $18.95

TOILET TRAINING SUCCESS is a helpful guide for effective toilet training interventions for individuals of different ages, and with a wide range of development disabilities. 

This practical handbook tackles one of the most important daily living skills: toilet training. Comprehensively written, this book guides parents and professionals from the beginning of the toilet training process to the end, from knowing necessary pre-requisite skills, to doing a complete skills assessment, followed by detailed descriptions of the steps necessary for basic toilet training and bowel training processes. Dr. Cicero then tackles the issues of independent request training, the problem of and treatment for regression, as well as overnight toilet training. 

Each section is divided into clear and understandable parts, and feature call-out boxes that list important points discussed in that section for easy reference. Users of this guide have the flexibility to tailor toilet training interventions to their students needs, using all or some sections of the book. TOILET TRAINING SUCCESS also features an extensive FAQ section covering a range of common questions and concerns, as well as a helpful appendix with sample training charts, data collection table, and example training programs.


Toilet Training Without Tantrums. John Rosemond, $17.50

This book is helpful, revealing, funny and best of all, it works! With his trademark parents-take-control style, John Rosemond covers everything from the basic how-to and troubleshooting issues to successful testimonies and proper encouragement. His straightforward and no-nonsense advice utilizes simple steps with proven results. No arguing, bribing, or cajoling necessary. It helps parents avoid common toilet-training mistakes, and leads the way to a diaper-free household.


Waking Up Dry: a Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting, 2nd Edition. Howard Bennett, $18.95

A positive, interactive plan for overcoming bedwetting, geared to parents of kids ages 6-13. Author Dr. Howard Bennett is both a pediatrician and a parent, and he encourages parents to read the book together with their children and develop a plan that includes behavior management techniques, calendars, contracts, and bedwetting alarms.

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Complete Booklist

The American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Toilet Training, 2nd Edition. American Academy of Pediatrics, $22.00

Constipation, Withholding and Your Child: a Family Guide to Soiling and Wetting. Anthony Cohn, $19.95

Good Going! Successful Potty Training for Children in Child Care. Gretchen Kinnell, $18.95

A Guide to Potty Training. Caroline Young, $15.95

It's Not Your Fault! Strategies for Solving Toilet Training and Bedwetting Problems. Joseph Barone, $25.95

Keys to Toilet Training, 2nd Edition. Meg Zweibeck, $10.99

The Magic Bowl Parent's Guide: Potty Training Made Easy. Baruch Kushnir, $24.95

Nappy Free Baby: a Practical Guide to Baby-Led Potty Training from Birth. Amber Hatch, $21.99

Oh Crap! Potty Training — Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right. Jamie Glowacki, $20.99

The Potty Journey: a Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders. Judith Coucouvanis, $26.95

The Potty Training Answer Book: Practical Answers to the Top 200 Questions Parents Ask. Karen Deerwester, $20.99

Ready, Set, Potty! Toilet Training for Children with Autism and Other Developmental Disorders. Brenda Batts, $25.95

Stress-Free Potty Training: a Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child, 2nd Edition. Sara Au & Peter Stavinoha, $21.95

Toilet Time: a Training Kit for Boys. Janet Hall, $11.50

Toilet Time: a Training Kit for Girls. Janet Hall, $11.50

Teach Toileting: a Revolutionary Approach for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Special Needs. Deborah Bialer, $22.95

Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum: a Guide for Professionals. Eve Fleming & Lorraine MacAlister, $28.95

Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues, 2nd Edition. Maria Wheeler, $27.50

Toilet Training Success: a Guide for Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Frank Cicero, $18.95

Toilet Training Without Tantrums. John Rosemond, $17.50

Waking Up Dry: a Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting, 2nd Edition. Howard Bennett, $18.95

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Books for Kids

Big Boys Go Potty. Matianne Richmond, $13.99

Big Girls Go Potty. Matianne Richmond, $13.99

Diapers Are Not Forever. Elizabeth Verdick, $11.95

Duck Goes Potty. Michael Dahl, $9.95

Everyone Poops. Taro Gomi, $11.95

Going to the Potty. Fred Rogers, $6.99

How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys. Todd Spector, illustrated by Arree Chung, $14.99

How to Pee: Potty Training for Girls. Todd Spector, illustrated by Arree Chung, $14.99         

It Hurts When I Poop! A Story for Children Who Are Scared to Use the Potty. Howard Bennett, illustrated by M.S. Weber, $21.50

Koko Bear's New Potty. Vicki Lansky, $10.95

Max Archer, Kid Detective: the Case of the Wet Bed. Howard Bennett, illustrated by Spike Gerrell, $14.50 (ages 4-8)

My Big Boy Potty. Joanna Cole, $8.50

My Big Girl Potty. Joanna Cole, $8.50

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My Big Boy Undies. Karen Katz, $9.50

My Big Girl Undies. Karen Katz, $9.50

Once Upon a Potty for Her. Alona Frankel, $7.95 – DVD $17.99

Once Upon a Potty for Him. Alona Frankel, $7.95 – DVD $17.99

Potty. Leslie Patricelli, $9.50

The Potty Book for Boys.  Alyssa Satin Capucilli, $6.99

The Potty Book for Girls.  Alyssa Satin Capucilli, $6.99

The Potty Movie for Boys. Alyssa Satin Capucilli & Dorothy Stott, $17.99 (DVD format, 30 minutes)

The Potty Movie for Girls. Alyssa Satin Capucilli & Dorothy Stott, $17.99 (DVD format, 30 minutes)

Potty Palooza: a Step-by-Step Guide to Using a Potty. Rachel Gordon, illustrated by Sarah Bergmann, $13.95 (ages 2 and up)

Toilet Tales. Andrea Wayne Von Konigslow, $7.95

Too Big for Diapers. Sesame Street. $6.99

Uh Oh! Gotta Go! Potty Tales from Toddlers. Bob McGrath, $6.99

What to Expect When You Use the Potty.  Heidi Murkoff, $13.50

You Can Go to the Potty. William Sears, et al. $17.99

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