Potty training can be tough, but we’ve got free printable potty training tools for you (a potty chart, a song sheet, a coloring page…) (see below)
But first–the reviews are in on SKIP TO THE LOO! Here is what some of our reviewers are saying… (well the first one isn’t saying much she’s laughing too hard)
A note from reader Mercy, mom to the little reviewer above:
Only you could somehow manage to make poo charming and delightful! Potty training has not been going well but your book is an absolute hit… Thank you for another treasure of a book.”
Another reviewer mom on Facebook (Alison Joy Brooks):
Skip to the Loo, My Darling was a game changer for my three year old son! Thank you for a perfect potty book that we genuinely enjoy reciting (now by memory)”
So potty training doesn’t have to be a chore. Could it even be a party? I think so!
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I spoke to The Guardian about my take on potty training:
“If someone asked you to stand up in front of 3000 people and give a speech how would you feel? Would you just smile and do it? Of course not! You’d make a run for it. Have a tantrum. Break out in hives. All of the above. This, I believe, approaches how a toddler feels when we ask them to go for the first time on the potty. It’s that same performance anxiety. That same terror…”
But there are ways to help. And the main one? Get them laughing! Get them singing! Get them reading a story! Make it so much fun that they don’t even notice they are learning.
Speaking of fun… NOW ON TO THE FREEBIES!
Download and print these beautiful (free) printable potty things to help with potty training…
Skip to the Loo Potty Chart
Sometimes we grown ups forget how many important steps there are to using the potty. Get to the potty, pull down your pants and undies, get onto the potty, do your business, clean up, pull up your pants and undies, wash your hands — it’s all a great deal of work when you’re right in the middle of playing, which, after all, is your JOB when you are two and three. What I love about this potty training chart from Candlewick is that it acknowledges that there is a lot to learn but that it can be fun. And using the potty is a great accomplishment that is worth celebrating! The illustrations by Anita Jeram help encourage little potty trainees to join the potty party.
Skip to the Loo Coloring Page
Who doesn’t love to color? Even adults are getting into it these days. In fact, forget the little ones — in the midst of potty training some coloring therapy is probably exactly what you parents need! But seriously, the bonding that can happen between caregiver and child working together on a coloring page is truly magic. It’s a perfect opportunity to have a no-pressure conversation with your preschooler about anything, like the ins and outs of using the potty for instance. Moving from diapers to undies is a big change, and a coloring party with your little one is a wonderful way to let them know you are on the same team.
Skip to My Lou Song Sheet
Skip, skip, skip to my lou! We’ve all sung the chorus and wondered what we were singing about… Now you can learn the words and sing Skip to my LOO as a fun way to start the potty parade.
Happy potty training!
PS. Before you go… Have you seen my loo 5Q (+1!) with Candlewick? You really must.