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Old 05-19-2013, 11:46 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What do you think about children reading while sitting on the toilet (i.e. toilet training, waiting to pee or poop)? I made books with my mother-in-law for this purpose for my toddlers, about the steps of going to the toilet, using it, washing hands etc. and I bought the "Potty Caddy" for Christmas for my 2-year-old DD and 3-year-old DS which includes little booklets designed for toddlers to look at while sitting on the toilet, but I'm having second thoughts for two reasons:

1) When they leave books on the floor, if the toilet overflows they will get ruined

2) They seem to relax when they're using the books or booklets, and stop trying to pee or poop. It's good that they're not stressed or anxious, but it's hard to use your muscles when you're relaxed, especially if you're still learning how to use those muscles.

 

Am I thinking about this too much? Both of my toddlers are making progress with toilet training and I don't want to do anything to slow them down.

 

Thanks for your advice! :)


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For us books are a way to keep my toddler occupied so she sits long enough to pee. She's getting better without the books now but initially it was simply a way to get her onto the potty. I'd say as long as they're interested, let them have the books. Unlike little toys at least books are too big to fit in the potty while they're sitting wink1.gif
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I read on the toilet. Why not let my kids?

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Thank you. I'm probably just being impatient. I'll keep letting my toddlers look at the pictures in moderation; as long as my older two don't take too long in the bathroom (while others need to use the toilet) with books, they're fine too.


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My 18 mo goes to the potty asking for her books!  I hung a shallow basket on the wall at her level for her potty books, and she will either tell me which book she wants me to read when she sits down, or will grab it first then sit.  Without the books, no way my kid would sit for longer than 2.5 seconds before sprinting through the house yelling "nekik time!" haha.  I second the books being too big to fit in the potty too, we don't allow anything else bc that's exactly where it goes!

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What do you think about children reading while sitting on the toilet (i.e. toilet training, waiting to pee or poop)? I made books with my mother-in-law for this purpose for my toddlers, about the steps of going to the toilet, using it, washing hands etc. and I bought the "Potty Caddy" for Christmas for my 2-year-old DD and 3-year-old DS which includes little booklets designed for toddlers to look at while sitting on the toilet, but I'm having second thoughts for two reasons:

1) When they leave books on the floor, if the toilet overflows they will get ruined

2) They seem to relax when they're using the books or booklets, and stop trying to pee or poop. It's good that they're not stressed or anxious, but it's hard to use your muscles when you're relaxed, especially if you're still learning how to use those muscles.

 

Am I thinking about this too much? Both of my toddlers are making progress with toilet training and I don't want to do anything to slow them down.

 

Thanks for your advice! :)

 

 

As for your concern 1., I have to ask: how often does your toilet overflow? I am nearly forty and have never even seen an overflowing toilet, so it seems like a very arbitrary and irrelevant concern. Even if your toilet overflows every other day, you just make it part of the toilet ritual to put the books back. Just like cleaning up toys before bed, or washing hands before a meal, or brushing teeth. Just part of the routine.

 

Concern #2: everything I have ever read, both concerning adults (constipation, etc.) and potty training, says that relaxation helps in releasing. Stress, anxiety, or trying too hard hinder letting go. Reading is a perfect distraction. It's no wonder many adults have a little library right next to their toilets! thumb.gif  The muscle movement they are training is how to hold their pee and poo in before they can reach a toilet. That is different. They already know how to release it! In fact, some kids have trouble in potty training with releasing because they feel pressured. The reading helps to take the pressure off.

 

I think it's lovely that you and your MIL made your own books. I made one for weaning and now that we are potty training I have considered making our own for that purpose too!

 

Best of luck and read on Mama!! biggrinbounce.gif


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One of the two toilets (the one my children use most often) has overflowed once in the 13 months we've lived in this house. Before that, we had at least one overflowing toilet at a previous residence. You're right though P.J., I need to teach my daughter to put the books back.

 

Thanks, you're exactly right that books help us relax and relaxation helps get the pee and poop out. If you want me to post the link to the webpage my MIL saw before she helped me make the books, I will ask her for it.

 

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One of my kids is speedy on the toilet but ODS loves to read on the toilet and has since he was first using them. I don't worry much about the what ifs. I think we lost one book over time.

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