ALSO we’ve got free printable potty training tools for you (a potty chart, a song sheet, a coloring page…) (see below again)
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! and the GIVE AWAYS! HOORAY!
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.
And last but not least– to celebrate “National Potty Training Month” throughout June we’ll be FEATURING YOUR PHOTOS and GIVING AWAY TEN COPIES of Skip to the Loo, My Darling! plus THREE JOOVY LOOS!
Enter to win by doing one or more of the following (the more you do the more chances to win!)
— Follow @sallylloydjones on Instagram; AND
— Submit a photo to Instagram tagging @sallylloydjones and using the hashtags #SkipToTheLoo and #PottyTrainingMonth; OR
— Tag a friend (or two or three!) who would like to win in the comments of the Skip to the Loo giveaway posted to Instagram on June 20, 2016.
— “Like” the Skip to the Loo giveaway post published on the Sally Lloyd-Jones Facebook Page on June 20, 2016; AND
— Comment or upload a photo in the comments under that post.
You could “LIKE” the Sally Lloyd-Jones fan page, too– I’d love to keep in touch with you!
— Follow @sallylloydjones on Twitter; AND
— Tweet a photo mentioning @sallylloydjones and using the hashtags #SkipToTheLoo and #PottyTrainingMonth; OR
— Retweet the Skip to the Loo giveaway tweeted on June 20, 2016.
— Follow Sally’s Potty Party Inspiration board on Pinterest and repin your favorite idea; OR
— Pin your own potty training photo/tip with a link to this page.
— Subscribe to Sally’s “Infrequent Email Newsletter”; AND
— Forward Sally’s June newsletter to a friend (or two or three!) who could use it and send the evidence to
#6: COMMENT AND SHARE
— Comment on this blog post: What is the biggest hurdle you are facing with potty training?; AND
— Share this blog post with your friends if you think they’d like it!
Throughout June we’ll be choosing winners and featuring our favorite photos of your little ones skipping to the loo and our favorite shots of Skip to the Loo, My Darling! seen “in the wild.”
*By entering the giveaway you agree to the SKIP TO THE LOO POTTY TRAINING SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES, aka The Fine Print.*
Happy potty training month!
PS. Before you go… Have you seen my loo 5Q (+1!) with Candlewick? You really must.