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Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living [Paperback]

by Laurie Boucke
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

January 30, 2008 1888580305 978-1888580303 3
The foremost and most comprehensive resource on infant toilet training including guidelines, medical and anthropological reports, testimonials, history, philosophy, cross-cultural research, and photos from around the world.

This is the third edition, now with 81 photos (including 66 in full color) and up-to-date medical research. For this elaborate and exquisite tome, the author has scoured the world for proof that her infant potty method really works, with or without diapers . . . and to the ultimate benefit of babies, parents and environment.

The book contains guidelines all ages (newborn, early-starters & late-starters); 100+ baby signals; 35+ tips for late-starters; tips for working with twins and other multiples; part-time pottying; sign language; commentary by pediatricians, MDs and psychologists; anthropological reports; testimonials; myths; and cross-cultural research on the practice which is also known as elimination communication.

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Editorial Reviews


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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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 (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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199 of 205 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A future without poopy diapers April 26, 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is priceless. August 5, 2005
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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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, it really works! April 14, 2004
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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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and life altering September 21, 2003
I didn't think it was possible but after only a few days of reading this book it worked for my 6 week old. With a little boy we went through a messy time (directioning was hard) at first until I got the recommended Baby Bjorn potty but now it is wonderful. My family including husband thought I was crazy until it actually worked. I'm contantly impressed by my son and I would have completely underestimated him if it wasn't for this book.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas, but some are a little radical
The ideas of elimination communication and how to do it are wonderful. Some of the testimonials and suggestions for being diaper free seem to result in lots of messes on the floor... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Joshua Dyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great techniques and information.
It is amazing what we have forgotten over time and through commercialization of diapers. It really works to shorten the time of potty training. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Infant Potty Training
Excellent book. Seems simple and straightforward. Author uses common sense techniques for approaching a fairly old atrategy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brandie
2.0 out of 5 stars prefered "The Diaper-Free Baby"
I did not like this book much at all. I did not like the way it was written & much preferred The Diaper-Free Baby: The Natural Toilet Training Alternative as it felt much more... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Laurel Schwingel
5.0 out of 5 stars Infant Potty Training
This book is fantastic! I was impressed how well the the book describes the signals many babies give for when they need to "go. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars success at 4 1/2 months
I love this book, cus it works. started my son at 2mths and took about 2 weeks before he realized my whistling command for him to go. Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by KLsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars It had every thing I needed to know to potty train my baby!
I didn't read this book until my third child. The first two I tried infant potty train by just experimenting. Read more
Published on April 5, 2011 by Wife & Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably simple technique that works
I bought this book when my daughter was born and started practicing EC when she was two weeks old. My daughter is almost 7 weeks old now. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by N. Weil
4.0 out of 5 stars good book, too much convincing.
I probably shouldn't have read this after Diaper Free Baby. But I was already convinced on infant potty training by the time I read this. I LOVE the concept. Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by a.m.h.
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend it
I own this book and used it a lot for my first child. It was useful and was working. We saw our infant responding to the "cues". For a determined mom, this would be great. Read more
Published on October 13, 2010 by C. Brackett
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