12 Potty-Training Songs to Help Your Toddler Get Down to Business
Potty training is kind of a big deal. In fact, the process has been known to strike fear in the hearts of toddlers and parents alike...and yet, it must be done. As such, we strongly suggest that regardless of which method you use to ditch the diapers, you start by lightening the mood. Here, a roundup of chipper potty-training songs that promise to inform, entertain and encourage your kid every step of the way. Tune in and your tot will have that fear of change flushed from his system, stat.
1. Pinkfong Baby Shark’s Potty Song
Don’t worry, parents: This tune is actually not a variation on the godforsaken earworm that goes “baby shark, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.” That said, toddlers will appreciate this upbeat number for its familiar underwater characters and the cutesy lyrics, like “poopy poopy poopy doop,” which make the whole process sound pretty unintimidating.
2. Daniel Tiger’s Stop and Go Potty Song
In case you missed it, ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ is a wholesome and toddler-friendly TV show filled with charming little ditties that cover social-emotional learning and, you guessed it, good hygiene. Here, a short but sweet potty-training song from the beloved character that’s simple and instructive enough to get the message across—namely, “if you have to go potty, stop and go right away.” Plus, this one is also so catchy that the whole family will likely be singing along.
3. CoComelon Potty Training Song
This wholly positive take on potty training features understanding parents who applaud the baby’s potty training progress every step of the way, as well as a caring older sibling who eagerly communicates the ins and outs of the process. If you’re looking for a way to pique your toddler’s curiosity in big kid toileting habits, try this one on for size.
4. Elmo’s Potty Time
You can always count on Sesame Street to serve up some useful educational content, so it should come as no surprise that they’ve got potty training 101 covered. Here, Elmo’s dad walks him through the whole process with a swinging tune so lively it’s sure to get your kid excited about saying goodbye to diapers.
5. “Poo Poo Song” by JunyTony
The repetitive lyrics here aren’t going to win the hearts of any grown-ups, but they do drive home the importance of listening to one’s body and not putting off a trip to the bathroom. Also, the cutesy, cheerful vibe and silly sound effects will certainly charm the pants off (sorry, we couldn’t resist) the little kid crowd.
6. Two Little Hands: Potty Time
“It’s potty time! Shoo-bop, shoo-bop.” This catchy song is so sweet and positive it should be unbearable...but surprisingly, it’s not. In fact, the can-do spirit of this tune, plus the overwhelming enthusiasm of the lady singing it, is downright contagious. Best of all, the video features sign language, so your child will pick up some helpful, non-verbal communication skills as they watch and sing along.
7. Little Baby Bum: The Potty Song
Don’t ask us why, but little kids go crazy for Little Baby Bum and their sing-songy number about potty training is no exception. This one is like a nursery rhyme, but with a sweet, soothing melody and reassuring words that will help nervous kids adjust to the new routine. (Think: “Sometimes I have an accident, but that’s OK.”)
8. “The AWESOME Potty Song” by Bella and Beans
The dynamic duo behind ‘Bella and the Beans’ TV are responsible for this potty-training song, which is actually best described as a hilarious musical theater performance. The two (adult) singers act out the potty training routine with irresistible comedic flair and the song, which builds to a frenzied pace at the end, is so fun it’s likely to inspire a spontaneous dance party.
9. “The Rocking Potty Rock” by Bumble Bree
Just try not to bop along to the chorus of this one, which has early rock and roll vibes, reminiscent of “Rock Around The Clock Tonight,” and a familiar message about responding with urgency to your body’s bathroom cues. Plus, the music video features the lead singer, Bumble Bree, dressed in overalls and sporting pigtails as she plays with toys and does a pee-pee dance—so you really can’t help but applaud her commitment to the cause.
10. “I Can Pee and Poop on the Potty” by the Kiboomers
Sung to the tune of “I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas,” this simple number from the Kiboomers is bound to get stuck in your kid’s head, which isn’t a bad thing at all—because both the video and the lyrics cover the A to Z of potty training, including the importance of handwashing.
11. Sesame Street’s “You’ll Use the Potty”
Yep, Sesame Street is at it again, but this time with a bigger cast of beloved characters, and a clever spoof of Cole Porter’s hit “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love.” Needless to say, the classic tune will have tots singing along (Grandparents do it/ Teens do it/ Even famous kings and queens do it”) while they, well, just do it, too. Bottom line: This one is simple, effective and easy on the ears.
12. Ginneh’s Potty Song
It doesn’t get more adorable than this viral video, which features a mom, Stacia D. Wright, singing an original call-and-reply potty-training song to her too-cute, dancing toddler. Borrow this potty training pro’s material or make up your own ditty about communicating bathroom needs for a clever way to get your kid on board with getting on the pot.