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Mommy! I Have to Go Potty!: A Parent's Guide to Toilet Training Paperback – January 1, 2009
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About the Author
Helen F. Neville is a pediatric nurse and educator known for her parent-friendly books on child development and temperament. She is also the author of Is This a Phase, and co-author of Temperament Tools, both published by Parenting Press.
Top Customer Reviews
Whether you want to start early potty training with an infant who is 18 months old, or you are having a difficult time potty training your toddler, or you have a child who is 12 years old and still having difficulty with bedwetting, this is the book for you!
I have a toddler who is 2 ½ yrs old who I had tried every approach I could find on potty training without much success. I then purchased "Mommy! I have to Go Potty!" and after trying new approaches the book suggested as well as being more educated on the subject, my toddler is now successfully potty trained.
Mommy! I Have to Go Potty! just makes so much sense and I cannot say enough positive things about it. Buy the book today, you will not be disappointed!
I chuckled as I read it, because it includes phrases that I've used to give advice to parents for years, almost word for word. It's information is easy & quick to read, and well organized. I also thought the overall layout of the book was well-thought out, especially because it includes useful tips for different scenarios, parenting styles and children's dispositions.
I have one "correction" to the book, if you will. On page 97 the author asserts that, "Preschools that insist all children be trained by age three may lack a basic understanding about variation in child development." This is largely innacurate, the madatory toilet training has more to do with the type of license that a preschool has. In Colorado, for example, some preschools have a license that allows them to care for children 2.5 - 5 yrs, and allows them to change diapers; some preschools have a license to teach children 3 yrs+ and does not allow them to provide diaper changing services on site. I have one of each a few blocks from my home. I would also add to this section that Home Daycare providers, even though they are only caring for 6-12 children at a time are still caring for much younger infants than preschools and mixed age groups, which sometimes makes sudden potty training and maintaining a sanitary environment impossible to do simultaneously; therefore, most providers require at least *some* work on potty training at home first before moving out of diapers during the day. Parents should not expect others to train their child for them.
All that said, it's not enough to knock a star off of my reivew. This is a good resource, and the book I'm going to recommend to parents from now on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best potty training or learning book out there. It's simple and short and encourages potty learning in a positive way. If mom or dad are frustrated, this book has tips. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathleen A. Hennessy
This book is just ok. it gives personal stories of other parents but doesnt really tell you how to potty train toddlers.Published on August 1, 2012 by mommy
I've read about a third of the book, and already learned a number of practical ways to get my son potty training. He's been doing much better and making great progress. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by A. Terrell