How to Use Potty Training Videos and Books Successfully

If your child is not responding to potty training in the manner you had hoped or you simply want to make the process as easy as possible, you can take advantage of potty training videos and books. Most children enjoy watching television programs designed just for children, and you probably already spend time reading to your child. You can easily slip in potty training videos and books without them feeling pressured to perform after the lesson.

Boy Watching Potty Training Video

How to Use Potty Training Videos

Videos designed for potty training combine entertaining characters with educational lessons. Children should enjoy watching the videos and want to mimic the experiences of the characters even if they do not realize they are learning about potty training. Some kids may even continue watching these videos after they have mastered the potty.

If your child is not responding to potty training as you wished, look for videos that have fun characters and a musical element. The songs will keep your child’s attention so they will want to watch long enough to be motivated by the characters and storyline. There are many different potty training videos on the market, so you should be able to find something your child finds enjoyable.

If your child tends to latch onto videos and watch them repeatedly, keep searching until you find something related to potty training that they want to watch in that manner. Repetition is key to learning, and children are more likely to repeat behaviors they have seen in videos after multiple viewing sessions. You will also have more opportunities to talk to your child about the benefits of potty training if you watch these videos with them over and over.

If your child seems more interested in using the potty while watching the video, make the video a regular feature in your home. Encourage them to watch the video and run to the potty to do what the characters are doing. This imitation can help even the most difficult potty training child embrace the fun of potty training.

The following titles will get you started on your search for the best potty training videos for your little one:

• Potty Power
• I Can Go Potty!
• Once Upon a Potty For Him
• Once Upon a Potty For Her
• Bear In The Big Blue House – Potty Time With Bear
• Winston’s Potty Chair
• Let’s Go Potty

If you can’t find some of these videos in DVD format, you may have a VCR that still functions properly. There are many other titles available that are offered on DVD only.

How to Use Potty Training Books

Boy Reading While Potty TrainingWhere do you normally read to your child? Is this activity limited to bedtime in your home? Or does your child beg you to read with them all day long? Whatever your current reading behaviors may be, you may want to consider implementing reading time with potty training time. Allow your child to sit on the potty while you read a story about going potty. Or, read the book and then move to the potty to practice what your child learned.

If you enjoy reading while in the bathroom, model that behavior directly to your child. Let them see you reading while on the toilet so that they feel comfortable doing the same. They may only look at pictures right now, but you can read to them sometimes as well.

These books are proven winners due to their fun characters and storylines, but there are many others out there to explore:

• Once Upon a Potty For Him
• Once Upon a Potty For Her
• Too Big For Diapers (featuring Sesame Street characters)
• The Potty Book for Boys
• The Potty Book for Girls
• A Potty for Me
• It’s Potty Time
• Toddler’s Potty Book
• What Do You Do With a Potty?
• My Potty Book
• Dora’s Potty Book (featuring Dora the Explorer)
• A Baby’s Got to Go (featuring The Rugrats)

Once you have at least one potty training video and one potty training book, you just need a potty chair to start the training process. If you have already started, pick up some of these resources to see how it improves your child’s interest level and performance.

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