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I Use the Potty

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Babies wear diapers. Do big kids? No! Big kids use the potty!

Every child's life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers wh
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Chronicle Books (first published February 23rd 2016)
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Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've been struggling hard with my daughter to go #2 on the potty. Today I brought this book home from the library and when we got home and had her sit on the potty I said, "I've got an awesome surprise for you!" I pulled out this little tome and she had me read it. FIVE. TIMES. On the second read, she said, "big kids wear underwear and pants." By the third read, she said, "he goes on the potty like a big boy." The fourth and fifth reads she was saying, "Bye bye pee! Bye bye poop!" just like the ...more
Ad Astra
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gendis-reads
It's what you expect. Pretty standard and good for introducing the topic. ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the straight forward approach this potty training book has. I like how the book has large font and very expressive illustrations. I could see this book being used as a great tool for the potty training process. It is a very positive and encouraging potty training book.
A Allen
Feb 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is on the crude side. The character burps, without saying excuse me, and the poop makes a "plop" noise in the potty. Yes, everyone burps and poops, but I don't think it was necessary to include these sound effects in the book, especially since burping has nothing to do with using the potty. Also, the child isn't shown washing their hands at the end after pooping in the potty! However, my biggest complaint is that the book has a "yucky, stinky diapers!" page and an illustration of a chi ...more
While SS loves the potty training book with the train in it, I want to get a couple of others to help him out with the idea and seeing the normalcy and process of this regularly and from multiple sources. This one is nice and simple. And positive. Will try this with him. AND I notice author has also written Bye-Bye Binky! Gonna need that, too.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Also good for potty storytime :)
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you have a child that is potty-training age, and has a good sense of humor, by all means...this is your book. I found it so funny!
Jan 13, 2020 added it
Shelves: picture-books
This book was crazy popular in our house!
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-children
I really like the art in this one. Great pencils and colors. It's also pretty funny does a lot to encourage kids in their potty training. ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, parent
I had no idea this would be as popular as it was in our house. Inexplicably, of all the potty books I brought home this was the breakout hit. We read it A LOT during our potty training month!
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very basic introduction to potty training that is a good fit for the age group. Explains the process with empowering "big kid" language. ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tons of giggles over this book at my house. I love that it approaches using the potty with humor that kids enjoy and a message of empowerment about doing big kid things.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
A big, brightly colored book with just the right amount of words. Lots of silly sounds and emphasis, so it was fun to read. It focuses directly on the topic, using clear, simple language my child can understand and relate to. My daughter loves this book and keeps bringing it to me to read it to her.
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I USE THE POTTY approaches potty training with a big positive attitude and some subtle psychology. And let's face it, different approaches are needed. Some little people 'get it' and want to be BIG kids like their siblings or friends. While other kids find small rewards like stickers just the thing to motivate them. And some kids --talking to you my dearest son-- need to go at their own stubborn pace.

I USE THE POTTY is a book that can work with all of the above approaches. It's b
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Feb 16, 2017 added it
Shelves: library
Mama read this to me the other night.
Kid Lit Reviews
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I Use the Potty, another in the Big Kid Power series, is about kids progressing from the diaper to the toilet. When he was a baby, this big kid wore diapers. He also drank lots of milk, “BURPED” rather loud, and filled his diaper a lot. It seemed his parents changed his diaper “ALL. THE. TIME.” And those diapers stunk from all his poop and pee. If you stacked all the diapers his parents changed, they would hit the ceiling. Then the day arrived to abandon the diapers and wear underwear. The big b ...more
Learning to go to the bathroom or use the potty, if you will, can be an experience fraught with some tension and stress, both on the part of the child and his/her caregivers. This title, part of the Big Kid Power series, offers encouragement for youngsters to empty their body's waste products in appropriate ways. Its strengths are the humor and positive messages, but other than that's what big kids do, there aren't a lot of reasons provided for making this important transition. Still, I'm sure m ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is BRILLIANT. Mister fully needs this book when it's time for him to learn. Yikes, I'm afraid; people are full of so much doom-and-negativity about potty training boys. NOT. ONE. PERSON. has ever said ANYTHING positive about potty training boys. NOT. ONE.

What's up with that???

Come on men! Have a word with your gender, your sons, and cut us women a break!

At least this book made me laugh, and that's something. The illustrations--so bold and graphic--fit perfectly with the text, because hey,
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every kid wants to be a big kid. (Don't you remember adding the "1/2" to your age when you were little?) and this book totally keys into that concept. Kids will love it's bright colors and praising text. Parents will be happy to have a fun manual to share with their kids that doesn't read like a Psych101 text book. Big Kids Rock!
Cara Byrne
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Like many similar potty board books, this one makes my little one concentrate as hard as she does when she is trying to figure out how to catch a squirrel or start my car. It's brief, to the point, though not as good as other titles (our favorite is currently "1, 2, 3 Pee" by Mo Willems). ...more
Arree Chung
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Informative and cute book. This book is well designed for toddlers and will encourage kids with the task of potty training. They'll feel like a Big Kid after reading this book. ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, funny
Don't deny it; this book is hilarious to read as an adult! I mean, that wiggly poop? Cracked me up. Multiple times. However, if you are more mature, you might be turned off by this book. ...more
Pamela Hubbard
Just exuberant and silly enough to get kids excited for the potty training process.
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just graphic enough to be realistic. Gender neutral
Amy Soma
Jul 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ra2016-17
I'm tired of potty books and pictures of poop. How many does the world really need? ...more
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Maria is author, illustrator and designer of picture books.
She grew up near Amsterdam, and studied Visual Communications at George Washington University in DC.
Maria has a background in branding at Coca-Cola, and likes history, art, storytelling, magical realism, vintage printing, ancient patterns and secrets hidden long ago. She is working on an illustrated novel that includes all that. Maria live

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