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Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living Paperback – January 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1888580303 ISBN-10: 1888580305 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: White-Boucke Publishing; 3 edition (January 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888580305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888580303
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A very interesting approach, and I do agree that it fits well with Attachment Parenting. I do applaud your approach. -- Dr. William Sears, Jr., pediatrician, review quote supplied to publisher

A welcome addition, global perspective and practical guide to "nurturant potty training" that expands the possibilities for mother and family. -- Dr. Marten W. de Vries, M.D. & Professor of Social Psychiatry, review quote supplied to publisher

In just two generations, the knowledge that infants and babies can be potty trained has been lost to the point that few Americans realize it is possible, much less desirable. In Infant Potty Training, Laurie Boucke teaches American parents how to apply the gentle, loving, earth-friendly techniques the rest of the world uses to nurture happier, healthier babies. -- Dr. Linda Sonna, Psychologist, review quote supplied to publisher

This book is pivotal. I read Infant Potty Training with great interest and then raised my own two children accordingly. I have recommended this approach to many mothers who have had success and are satisfied with the results. Unfortunately and unfairly, the information is practically unknown to most pediatricians and parents today, but this book will surely help effect change in our society. -- Dr. Simone Rugolotto, Pediatrician & Neonatologist, review quote supplied to publisher

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I was really wrong, it is fun, and a great way to get to know your baby better.
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I first read this book when I was pregnant, and it was this book that made me decide to give it a try.
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206 of 212 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is a compendium of materials about natural potty training from infancy. It is an expansion of the author's ideas that were originally presented in a small (self-published?) volume called "Trickle Treat." The book is divided into 4 parts. The first section is entitled "The concept and the method", and it includes detailed descriptions of how to establish communication bonds between infants and parents concerning elimination needs, a history of toilet training methods, a comparison between infant toilet training and toddler toilet training, and myths about infant toilet training. The second section is entitled "Testimonials USA". It contains brief descriptions from mothers across the US telling how they put the concept into practice, the degree of success they met, and how they and their babies related to the method. The third section is called "Testimonials around the World". It is quite similar in content to the second section. The fourth section is called cross-cultural studies, and it provides a survey of toilet training information about cultures spanning the entire globe. The book includes a section of endnotes, 12 pages of references, and an index.

The author stumbled on this method of infant toilet training shortly after giving birth to her third child. Her first two children had been trained conventionally as toddlers. But Boucke was quite fortunate in having a friend from India when she had her third child who told her about how infants and mothers learned how to take care of elimination needs without diapers back in India. Boucke asked her friend for more information about how infant elimination was taken care of in India, and the friend helped her train her baby.
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99 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is wonderful. After diapering three children with disposable diapers until they were 3+ years old I thought it would be time to try something new with my forth baby. I am now using cloth diapers and have been applying the elimination technique described in the book since my baby was about 2 weeks old.

I cannot tell how amazed I am about how successful this method is. Every morning when my baby wakes up I take off her diaper and hold her over a potty. She immediately poos and pees quite a bit. This is great because her diaper stays dry, which means less diaper rash for her and less laundry for me. During the rest of the day I manage to catch about 1/2 of the stuff that otherwise would go into the diaper. I feel especially empowered when I take off her dry diaper, let her pee and then put the same dry diaper back on.

I am by no means forcing my baby to go to the potty. I just try to respond to her cues as well as I can.

My daughter is relaxed about being taken to the potty. Sometimes she gets upset when I think she is done and put her diaper on too early. When I take it off for a second time and give it another try she immediately stops protesting and becomes calm again. I also have the impression that when she has to go, my baby waits until I take her to the potty.

I really enjoy the communication going on between me and my now 2-month-old baby.

It is true that people do not believe it when you tell them about infant potty training. On their visit my parents saw my baby go on the potty and said it was just a coincidence that she used it. They did not even change their minds after watching it for several consecutive days. After two months my mom finally believes me that the method is really working.
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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hamilton on April 14, 2004
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I read this book and gave it a try last weekend with my 8 week old son. I was astounded when he not only immediately responded and understood, but seemed thrilled that I finally was paying attention to his cues! It seemed overwhelming before I actually tried it, and I was really unsure, but I am a complete believer now.
You can do it as little or as much as you want to, it's not all or nothing. Try pottying your baby when they first wake up, either in the morning or from a nap and see for yourself!
Highly recommended. I also love the second section that gives a very informative and fascinating review of how and when potty training is done by other cultures around the world. The majority of them use techniques like this!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Lorentzen on June 7, 2000
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Laurie Boucke has uncovered the truth about babies! THEY ARE SMART! Infant Potty Training, has become more of a "how-to" book in our house, it has set a new standard for our parenting. I was longing for a more intimate relationship with my baby. As I gained understanding from Ms. Boucke's research I discovered that babies, even tiny, can and want to communicate. I feel that Laurie Boucke's book is a much needed revelation for our culture which has distanced itself from the children. I have recieved what I call Mother Training by reading the book, plus there is the perk; a baby who is out of diapers by age two or under! This book is a satisfying blend of research and straight talk. The only thing you will regret if you buy this book, is that you didn't have it sooner.
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