Nappy Duck and Potty Pig
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Initial Thoughts: Any book that might encourage a stubborn toddler to ditch the nappy and pee in a potty is a very good thing. It is written in simple language with large pictures on every page.
We liked: Nappy Duck and Potty Pig (written by Bernadette Ford, illustrated by Sam Williams) is a very simple story – duck wants to play with piggy, he’s busy on the potty, duck decides she/ he would like to stop wearing nappies and gets on the potty.
We loved the pictures in this, very clear and large so that they don’t detract from the story (in some books you spend more time identifying every aspect of the pictures, than you do reading the text) but still detailed enough to hold a toddlers attention. I particularly liked the fact it was a board book as even big boys can be a little rough with pages.
We weren’t keen on: It seemed to end very abruptly, with the duck on the potty. I also felt that other than the fact that duck’s nappy was cold and wet there was no real reason for the duck to go on the potty. I think I was hoping that the book would ‘big up’ the potty in a more obvious way to get Ben keen to use it himself.
Overall: Nappy Duck and Potty Pig is a nice simple book, which shows characters using the potty without pushing the agenda too hard. It seems to have worked for us, as well as being a favourite book to look at (over and over again) Ben is now potty training.
I am still undecided if the subtle approach of the book (not emphasising how good it is to use the potty) is a good or bad thing – on one hand it isn’t pressurising a toddler into using the potty (that’s what Mummy and Daddy are for!) but on the other it didn’t get Ben very excited about using the potty. Still, it’s definitely good value for money.
[Ellen – World of a Mummy]