Princess Polly’s Potty

One of the most demanding tasks faced by any parent, particularly the first time, is potty-training.  There is so much conflicting advice out there about how to go about it before you even start to deal with the practical issues of introducing a child to the potty, handling potty refusal, encouraging them to go without nagging, calming their anxieties and getting them to sit still long enough to let it out.

This book will not potty train your daughter for you, but it will help with some of the above.  It’s attractively drawn, girly without being excessively so (ok so it’s pink, but the vast majority of girls will go for that, and the gender division is obviously required by the subject matter) and sensitively and intelligently written.

Princess Polly and her baby sister wear nappies; her Mummy, Daddy and big brother do not.  “It’s ok for the baby to wear nappies,” says Polly, “but I want to be more grown-up than that.”  Princess Polly and her Mummy go out and choose some big girl pants and a potty (there is an opportunity for the potty trainee to pick their own favourite too) and then Polly learns how to use the potty properly.

The button on the front is an annoying but useful tool; you press it whenever Polly does something positive, and it works very well to help celebrate those all important early wee and poo successes.  The book sets out the rules for using the potty (hand washing, wiping etc) and shows Polly on the path to wearing pants.  She finds (like most children) that poo is more difficult that wee to handle, but eventually manages to do one on the potty.  She looks justifiably pleased with herself and shows it off proudly to the rest of the family.  Our three-year-old thought it looked rather like a brown sausage and was highly amused; something which you need when dealing with a process that many find scary and upsetting.

The book is educational, entertaining, ‘interactive’ and a good length to read whilst sitting on the potty waiting for something exciting to happen.  A great way to encourage young girls to learn – and there is also a boy’s version too.

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