Books on Potty Training

It's not surprising if you are looking to books on potty training for assistance. Potty training your toddler is such an important developmental milestone, giving a sense of independence and personal pride (for both toddlers and parents).

When I was pregnant with my first one I bought five books on pregnancy and I had a similar approach when it came to potty training 101. Here is an overview of three such books, I tried to select ones that represent different potty training methods.

  • The first book is an early potty training guide
  • The second is a laid back approach to potty training
  • The third one is a fast-fast track 3-5 day potty training system. 

Depending on your method preference you will most likely gravitate to books on potty training that fit your parenting style best.

3 Books on Potty Training and 3 Approaches to Potty Training


Diaper-Free Before 3: The Healthier Way to Toilet Train and Help Your Child Out of Diapers Sooner by Jill M. Lekovic.

The Overview: Diaper-Free Before 3 promotes early toilet training starting around the age of 9 months. The author illustrates that early training is healthy and good for your child. She feels that starting early alleviates a lot of tension and stress for children and parents alike. The writing in this book is based on the Dr.’s personal experiences with her children wherein she reports improved self-confidence and lower instances of urinary infections.

Contents include information on:

  • accidents
  • bedwetting
  • adapting approaches for special-needs children or for older children who have had trouble mastering the transition.

There seems to be two distinct schools of thought on this book.

  1. One that the program is great and that we underestimate our children’s ability for early potty training.
  2. The other that there are some “good ideas” in the book but that it misses the mark and simply doesn’t work (particularly for older children).

Parents who found the readiness approach to training difficult or disappointing hold this book in high regard.

I find that Diaper Free Before 3 lacks substantive advice. The history of traditional potty training and modern changes in perspective from Chapter 2 seem to be the highlight of the work. The overall system is very rigidly put forward (i.e. there is only one way to approach it). Along with disliking cloth diapers the author seems anti-breast feeding, and sometimes gets her facts wrong.


Stress-Free Potty Training: A Commonsense Guide to Finding the Right Approach for Your Child, by Peter L. Stavinoha Ph.D

The Overview: The goal of Stress-Free Potty Training is removing the anxiety that both parents and children often experience during this transition.

The thing that makes this book different from others is that it focuses on common personality types and treats the training process in distinct ways for each one.

Whether your child is stalwart, impetuous, goal oriented or sensory oriented, there’s advice for working with your child’s distinct traits as a means of inspiration. The author of the book, Peter Stavinoha, Ph.D works as a pediatric neuropsychologist who does regular television appearances offering advice to parents on various family and childhood problems.

  • I find that the specific advice by temperament really helps with potty training.
  • The tips that target personality bring together the practical applications with psychological theory to support success.
  • I appreciate the test for determining a child’s key personality type, and the instructions on preparing a child for toileting accordingly.

The overall philosophy for training is very laid back and sensible. The only negative thing I can come up with is that some children do not fit neatly into a specific category. When that happens, the quiz and following materials become rather moot.


That's How I Roll (A hilarious, but fool proof, take on potty training), by Rachel Poslick Jaques (Feb 17, 2012) 

The Overview: According to the book description, “That’s how I Roll” is a humorous account of potty training from a “real” mom in Oklahoma who created a frugal 3-5 day potty training system. The writing includes tips and step by step instructions along with parental buying guides.

Alongside the practical element, Ms. Jaques includes stories and pictures from her own potty training journey.

It's a good book and I love the humor. But, the humor part is favorite thing about this book as this style of potty training did not gel with our family. The program includes a preparation period of a few weeks where both parents and child are given time to adjust to the idea of training.

  • The suggestions helpful
  • The book is short enough to read in just a few hours.

Additionally the author has a FaceBook Group where parents can pose questions and get fast answers if they run into snags.

this book is well worth a look and is a solid choice if the fast-track methodology is your style. Keep in mind that those intense type of approaches require you to commit to serious one-on-one time with your little darling over several days for this program to work. That might not be practicable in some households with difficult time constraints or split schedules.

So the jury is definitely still deliberating which books on potty training are best just as experts can't agree which approach to potty training is best. A lot here depends on what type of books on potty training you find most helpful (one with distinct strictures or one that offers more flexibility).

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