Something I have yet to talk about on this blog is potty training. Potty training is such a huge milestone for toddlers and I found the thought of it really daunting. I had no idea how to go about it, so I spoke to my family’s health visitor who told me to relax, don’t worry and just wait for Little N to show signs of readiness. And when he was ready, to shower him with praise and make a big deal about how grown up he was being. So that is exactly what I did. And do you know what, it turns out that potty training is not that tricky after all!
My little boy is a big fan of Thomas & Friends so when we received the Thomas & Friends My Thomas Potty Book* and Thomas & Friends Well Done Thomas! Activity Book* from Egmont he was delighted – and so was I! The books are fun and exciting, with plenty of toddler-approved stickers, and also reinforce the positive messages I have been teaching during our potty training journey.
The Thomas & Friends My Thomas Potty Book is a fantastic board book which takes the child on a journey from saying goodbye to nappies, choosing a potty and picking pants. It even talks about washing hands and explains that accidents might happen but they are okay. The book is really encouraging and is written from the perspective of the engines. For example, in the section about pants Gordon the Express Engine says how smart your child will look wearing new pants.
At the back of the book is a reward chart and some stickers. This is a great way to encourage children by letting them choose a sticker each time they use their potty. There are some special star stickers that they can get when the successfully use the potty all day. Little N has loved choosing himself a sticker each time he uses his potty and sticks them on his reward chart with pride. Of course, all of the Thomas stickers have been selected first!
The Thomas & Friends Well Done Thomas! Activity Book is full of reward charts, certificates, stickers and fun puzzles to encourage children with things such as tidying up, helping others and and saying thank you, or they can be used as a continuation of the potty training reward chart. Once children have collected enough stickers or ticks on each of the reward chart there are then certificates with gold star stickers to award to them.
These books are proving really helpful with encouraging Little N to use his potty. He often doesn't want to go as it means he has to stop playing, but knowing he will get a fab Thomas & Friends sticker if he does go gives him that extra incentive. He feels ever so grown up having his own special books and it makes the experience of potty training a lot more fun!
I have teamed up with Egmont to be able to offer a copy of each of these books to one lucky winner. To enter, simply complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!
Terms & Conditions: The Prize is two Thomas & Friends books. The giveaway will run from 26/09/2015 to 25/10/2015. The giveaway is open to UK residents aged 18 and over. The Prize must be claimed within 28 days. The winner’s details will be provided to Egmont Publishing in order to arrange delivery of the Prize. No responsibility is accepted for entries which are lost, corrupted, incomplete or for any failure to capture entry information. Use of false details will result in disqualification. The entry must be made by the person entering the competition – entries sent through third parties, agencies or by automated means (such as scripts and macros) will not be accepted. Promoted on www.loquax.co.uk and www.theprizefinder.com
Disclosure: Egmont kindly provided the books for the review and the giveaway, however all thoughts and opinion are my own.