6 Books to Help Your Toddler Say Goodbye to the Pacifier

Toddlerhood is a time of big and amazing transitions. Parents get that first sentence, the first public tantrum, the joys of potty training and eventually the grand farewell to the pacifier (not the Vin Diesel kind). Part of making the transition as easy as possible is to have the right supplies, and to stock with house with books that show kids that life without the binky is a beautiful thing.

Bye-Bye Binky: Big Kid Powerby Maria van Lieshout All little kids want to be big, to go on big adventures, and do what the big kids do. With that in mind, the Big Kid series is designed to help tackle the hard stuff that little kids have to go through. Show your little one, in a super positive way, that as they get bigger they do have to say good-bye to the binky. Being a big kid does come with its advantages though, and highlighting that might just be incentive enough for some.

Chupie: The Binky That Returned Homeby Thalia and Ana Martin Larranga With this witty, slightly quirky bedtime story, you can encourage your kids to send their binky off to a special Binkies-Only Land. Told from the point of view of a binky who just wants to go live with the rest of his friends in a place designed just for him, this story might encourage little kids who love the pacifier to set it free. This book is unique among binky books, in that it also helps promote a bit of empathy. As an added bonus, you can pick it up in Spanish as well.

Binkyby Leslie Patricelli One of many by the ever-popular and prolific Leslie PatricelliBinky helps kids deal with their emotions about losing their favorite nap time pal. As adults we can underestimate how important a pacifier is to little ones, but parents and kids can get through the difficult times by reading together. Patricelli’s art is also bright, welcoming, and always attractive to even the youngest readers. This might be the best first step in easing that binky out of your babe’s life.

No More Pacifier for Piggy!, by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams Instead of utilizing peer pressure, which is a common tactic in putting the paci aside, No More Pacifier for Piggy helps to show little kids that sometimes the pacifier just gets in their way. How can you yell, chat, or play hide and seek with a mouth full of pacifier? What is more important — and more fun: walking around with a pacifier, or having a great play date? Use Piggy’s tale to help encourage kids to make the decision themselves to move on from the binky lifestyle.

The Paci Fairy, by Melissa Burnett and Chrisann Zaubi The Paci Fairy, and the similar book, The Paci Pixieboth play with the Tooth Fairy model of moving on. The Paci Fairy helps kids prepare emotionally for the day that their beloved friend will be picked up by the fairy and replaced by a gift. The Pixie helps teach older kids (would be a great choice for older siblings) to pass their paci on to someone younger. Both books have sweet drawings and positive messages that add some magic to what could be a really tough time. Plus, everything is better with a little glitter.

Pacifiers Are Not Foreverby Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen Instead of focusing on not having a pacifier, the characters in this Best Behaviors Series book help kids see all the positives associated with moving on. The pictures are gentle and the words are kind and understanding. Toddlers, who often struggle with expressing themselves, will like the tone that validates their feelings and the pictures that show great paci-free activities. Another perk? This series can follow kids through other milestones, becoming a familiar voice as they grow up.

What books have helped your little one kick the paci habit?

Originally published at www.barnesandnoble.com on December 1, 2015.

8 Potty Training Picture Books Worthy of the Bathroom


To potty train, or not to potty train; that, dear friends, is the question I ask every time I stand in the diaper aisle. There eventually comes a time though when most people get the hang of using a toilet and not their parents to potty, but getting to that place is no easy feat. Help prep your toddler, and stock your bathroom with reading material to pass the time, by picking up a few potty related books.

Everyone Poops, by Taro Gomi
The classic. The “go” to. The standard. It wouldn’t be surprising it you already have one from your baby shower, your own childhood, a joke gift, or just because. But if you don’t already have this on your toddler’s shelf then grab a copy and open their eyes to the beautiful world of pooping in the potty. You can further reinforce the idea that everyone has to go with Even Firefighters Go to the Potty: A Potty Training Lift-the-Flap Story.

Go, Girl! Go Potty!, by Emily Bolam
Emily Bolam has a potty book for both girls and boys, with No Potty! Yes, Potty! As goes the theme, the basics of what the potty is, how to use it, and why it should be the best thing in the whole world are covered. The lift flap features cleverly mimic lifting the lid, highlighting that the end goal might just be in sight.

How to Potty Train Your Monster, by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Michael Moon
Some kids push back from books that look instructional, but here you and your kids will learn how to potty train a monster. Put your kid in the role of teacher and they just might, possibly, take more interest in doing it themselves. The monsters are friendly, ready-to-learn little guys, who make the whole process seem like a game worth playing.

How to Pee: Potty Training for Boys, by Todd Spector, illustrated by Arree Chung
On the flip side, a step-by-step “lift the lid and do your business” book can take some of fear out of this whole new life step. The authors mix in some zany jokes (Dance potty? Gymnastics potty? Cowboy Potty? It’s all here) that can add a little levity to the hours you and your little one will spend sitting in the bathroom. Another perk? Author Todd Spector is actually a doctor: not a bad place to turn when you need a point in the right direction. Again, check out the version that best fits your kid.

Once Upon a Potty – Girl, by Alona Frankel
Another book in a long list of potty literature that features unique editions for both girls and boys. Like Everyone Poops, this is a classic that has been around since the 70s. Your parents may have read this to you, and most likely you’re potty trained, so it is probably a great addition to your library.

Potty, by Leslie Patricelli
Need potty time to be a more of a celebration than a teaching moment? Of course you do; it’s a huge deal! Like all of Patricelli’s books, simple colors, joyful little faces, and clear emotions open up new ideas to kids in a comforting way. Instead of instruction, you’ll get the sheer pride of developing independence.

Potty Time with Elmo: 7 Button Little Sound Book (Play-a-Song Series), by Publications International Ltd. Staff
No list would be complete without Sesame Street. Add a bit more depth to your bathroom reading selection with a book that sings and makes noise. If you have a Sesame lover at home like I do, your kids will go gaga over Elmo sitting on a potty. Keep this book out of reach to make it something special, just for toilet time, and your toddler may stay on the throne for a couple more minutes without a fight.

Have You Seen My Potty?, by Mij Kelly, illustrated by Mary McQuillan
Take the potty training show on the road! The main character, a recently potty trained Suzy Sue has something really important to do, and you better figure out the mystery quick. Instead of stressing over the potty make it something silly, something happy. It will brighten up everyone’s mood, no way around it.

Bonus: Underwear Books!
Make underwear seem like the most awesome thing since…underwear. Books like Polar Bear’s Underwear, The Underwear Book, and Vegetables in Underwear will help kids ditch those diapers and wear their new superhero undies proudly!

What is your toddler’s favorite potty time book?

via 8 Potty Training Picture Books Worthy of the Bathroom.