Thursday, April 22, 2010

Potty Training Step 2

I decided to try potty training seriously when I am in Australia in April for my MIL's 70th birthday celebration. 10 days of staying 24 7 with the kids should be helpful in promoting this training.

It was surprisingly easy. Altho many times they just want to go to the toilet to sit on the bowl for fun, it's ok as long as sometimes they get it right. Now the girls can tell me if they are going to do a shi shi potty and will tug at my baju if they want to do so. Somehow they are still now so good in the poo department but since they are not yet 2, it is still alright with me.

They are still in diapers when they go downstairs to the park as I dun want any mishap and during their sleeping time but i think its great progress.

Books for Toddlers

These books are supposed to be suitable for Toddlers from 2-3 years old.

Book to a Goose by Mem Foz and David Miller
Click, Clack 123 by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
Cuddle Time by Libby Gleeson
Dig, Dig, Digging by Margaret Mayo & Alex Ayliffe
Dog in, Cat out by Gillian Rubinstein
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Good Night, Me by Andrew Daddo & Emma Quay
Grandpa & Thomas by Pamela Allen
Guess How Much I love you by Sam McBratney
I want my Potty by Tony Ross
My Dad by Anthony Browne
My Grandma by Jeanette Rowe
Piglet & Mama by Margaret Wild & Stephen Michael King
The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Too Many Pears by Jackie French & Bruce Whatley
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury
Wheels on the Bus by Penny Dann
Za-za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins

A quick check on mphonline showed that they only had The Very Hungry Caterpillar whilst some of other books may be on their database but listed as not available. This is sad indeed if we want to promote reading for the kids. I suppose they may have other books but sometimes the books that parents deem interesting are tossed out by the kids. I shall have to look elsewhere to procure my books.

Books for Babies

I read a list from about what is suitable for babies from birth till 2 and I must say that my kids did like some of the books that I managed to get for them.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell - its a very funny book which highlight animals in the zoo.
Eyes, Nose, Fingers & Toes by Judy Hindley
Families by Odette Ross
Hippo Has A Hat by Julia Donaldson - My kids just love seeing the leopard in a skirt and hippo wearing a hat, caterpillar with shoes...
Hug by Jex Alborough
I Went Walking by Sue Machin & Julie Vivas
Kipper's Book of Colours by Mick Inkpen
Let's Go Visiting by Sue Williams & Julie Vivas
Maisy's Bathtime by Lucy Cousins
Miffy Series by Dick Bruna
Moonlight by Jan Ormerod
Nursery Rhymes by Deb Gliori - did not get this but something similar which they love too
Peepo! by Janet an Allan Ahlberg
Round & Round the Garden by Ian Beck & Sarah Williams
Spot (any spot books) by Eric Hill - all spot book are most welcomed
Teddy Bear Hide and Seek by Pamela Edwards - this was their favourite book when they were very very young
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek - they ate this up literally!

But they are now almost 2 and therefore needs to graduate to another set of books. Shall update another batch soon.