Potty training can, for lack of a better word, be shitty. It often involves stinky accidents that need to be cleaned up after, repeating basic instructions over and over again, lots of frustration and tears, and really, unavoidable moments of grossness. Frustration is inevitable, the test of sanity is inevitable, but what’s not inevitable is that parents can choose to go into the potty training phase of their child’s life with a little a sense of levity.
Potty training, and the myriad of potty training methods that parents on the other side of the poop-laden highway might swear by, might suck, but there are sensible ways to go about it, and approaching it with an attitude of acceptance, a poop song or two, or a jammin’ ditty about the potty might make it slightly less painful. While a potty song by Elmo, Daniel Tiger, or Little Baby Bum, and a corresponding dance won’t magically potty train kids overnight, they will start smiling about it, which is a good step. In that vein, here are some fabulous songs about going number two, that we think are number one.
Potty Training 101 Poop Song
Growing Sound’s Potty Training 101 Poop Song is really a one-stop shop of poop-related potty training songs. It goes over every step in the potty process without leaving much to the imagination – one of the lyrics goes ‘I sit and wait until the poop plops down, then I wipe and wipe ’til brown leaves town’ – so kids following around get a pretty good idea of what they’re being asked to do. The song is also pretty short, so it doesn’t have the time to get too grating.
Ginneh’s Potty Song
In 2016, Maryland mom Stacia Wright came up with a plan to help her then 2-year-old daughter Ginneh get potty trained. Having already gone through the potty-training process with Ginneh’s older brother, Wright knew what she was in for — accidents, lots of accidents — and wanted to make training fun for herself this time. So she came up with a DIY-song and recorded an adorable video to go along with it.
Elmo Potty Time
Children trust Elmo. Therefore, they will trust any potty song he releases. He’s curious and looks at the world the same way kids who watch Sesame Street do. Watching him and his dad walk through the steps of properly using the toilet is a comfort that can’t be overstated. The song they sing together is jazzier than you’d expect and a lot less annoying than other kids songs.
Two Little Hands: Potty Time
This video is so ridiculously feel good and upbeat you might sing the song to yourself just for fun. It’s potty time! YouTube channel, Funtastic TV, put together a video seemingly forged by the gods of all things saccharine and cute with a catchy song everyone in the family can sing along with. As an added bonus the video also teaches you how to say ‘potty time’ in sign language and tells kids how to notice when they need to go potty.
Daniel Tiger: Stop and Go Potty
One reason kids might have trouble with potty training is because they don’t want to stop playing, and a bathroom break seems like it would be an annoying stop to their fun. Daniel the Tiger assures them that, actually no, it’s fine to go do their business and that when they come back their toys will all still be there for them to play with.
I Can Pee and Poop on the Potty
This is a folksy, whimsical song with a kid superhero who is really good at – going to the potty. He can pee, he can poop, and he can wash his hands! There’s not really a whole lot more going on in this video, if you’re looking for something quick and easy to explain the basic potty training steps, this one is it.
You’ll Use the Potty
Leave it to the Sesame Street crew to lay down the truth: we are all slaves to our bodily functions. The subject isn’t laid out quite as starkly but the point remains; at some point, we all used a potty. And if you’re a Cole Porter fan, you’ll appreciate that this song has the same melody and similar lyrics.
Bear in the Big Blue House
Bear in the Big Blue House handles potty training with the same gentle tone as the rest of the show. This song should be approached more as a primer to get kids used to the idea of getting potty trained than an actual instructional song. It’s nearly three minutes long but doesn’t really spend much time in a bathroom.
Toilet Time is Fun
Alright, the animation in this video is scary – for some reason, the kid has large eyes that express agony, while his parents’ eyes are black, expressionless dots – but its heart is in the right place, and the kid poops in the right place too, which is what it’s all about really.
Little Baby Bum: Potty Song
Potty training your kid is going to require a lot of patience and repetition, not only on your part but their’s too. Accidents are going to happen and when they do, kids might feel ashamed or frustrated. This song, from the YouTube channel, Little Baby Bum, which specializes in nursery rhymes, teaches them not to poo-poo resilience and to keep trying until they get it right.