It\’s become pretty much a regular thing in my house that there\’s always a little stack of board books by the potty. At first it was just a way to get her to sit still long enough to do her business, but now she insists on having a book read to her (often that\’s just two or three pages!) even if she\’s already tinkled. A few times I\’ve taken her potty into the bathroom so she can join me there and she runs out to get a book and brings it back with her. I think it\’s kind of funny. I have to keep rotating which books are sitting there to keep her interest in them long enough for moments when a bit of patience is needed.
The books have also started helping with my older daughter as well. She\’s been having some rather late nights and very early mornings of late, and I\’ve been suggesting naps but of course she balks strongly at the idea. Today I was putting the baby down for a nap and handed older daughter a picture book I\’d brought home just to read for myself. She started reading, picked up another one, and when I looked back over she\’d fallen asleep! And I think she really needed it because she slept for several hours. I know I can find a lot more picture books at the library that are sophisticated enough to hold her attention, even though on her own she\’d rather read chapter books. Perhaps I can coax her into some daily quiet time and induce a few more naps…!