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Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro [toilet training] Paperback – Bargain Price, May 23, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743273133
  • ASIN: B0012F48FU
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #912,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Desperate parents will want this book..." -- Library Journal, May 15, 2006

About the Author

Teri Crane is known as the Potty Pro to the thousands of parents, teachers, and child care providers who have gone through her potty-training boot camp. She lives in Avon Lake, Ohio, with her husband and son.

Customer Reviews

I had been on a very bumpy 5 month stretch trying to work on potty training with my 2 1/2 year old son.
E.'s Mama
I really like this book a lot and thought it had a bunch of fabulous ideas that a parent can use/adapt when trying to potty train a child with special needs.
My only complaint is that the author suggests dolls to use for the party that look like babies...with bottles.
A. McCracken

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92 of 93 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Kiesche on August 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
First off, how can ANYONE "review" a book if they have not READ it? The negative reviews on this book are just plain silly. Just because you don't like the IDEA? Try putting the IDEA and PLAN into action and then you can honestly give a real review.

I bought this book on a whim. I've been wanting to potty train my 2 1/2 year old son for quite some time. At first I was highly skeptical! I thought, "Maybe for older kids who just need that little push. This will NOT work for my son who is completely oblivious to what's going on in his diaper!" I waited a couple of months to let life settle down. During this time he became more aware of his body and met all of the requirements in Teri's book.

Some reviewers complain about how much money you HAVE to invest and I just have to disagree. You CAN go all out, buy the most expensive doll and buy every single item on the recommended lists..or you can simplify things. I simplified our plan. I purchased a $12 "Lots to Love" doll from Wal~Mart and lots of stickers. We made our own chart up and had a nice supply of underwear on hand. I spent maybe $10 in snacks and had plenty left over to carry on through the week. You don't HAVE to do anything the book suggests, I went with the basic model and idea and we had a blast! My son was thrilled by his new baby, he was thrilled with a few new boardgames (which I would have bought anyways). He loved the attention and the games and all the books I read to him.

I didn't think my son would get into the roleplaying aspect, but he did! He fed his baby and showed his baby the potty and watched videos and read books with his baby. He named him George and he would say "Good Job George!" everytime George was successful.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Happy Mom on September 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
i have to say that i was skeptical when i first saw the book - but was so engrossed in it, i read half of it before leaving the bookstore. my son was to start preschool at the end of august 2006 and their criteria was that he had to be 3 and he had to be potty trained. i had known about this since march, but tried to train him (admittedly, half-heartedly) and then decided to wait with the idea that he would want to do it eventually on his own - eventually turned into *never* and by the time august rolled around, i was getting pretty desperate. my son turned 3 in august and i thought that he would wake up one day and just "be ready" to potty train. not so! i read the book, ordered the doll, bought truck-themed underwear, decorated the house with streamers and balloons, bought activity books, paints, crayons, etc., and prepared for a very long day! i got up earlier than he did, straightened my hair, put on makeup and a cute skirt, as if i was going to a party myself. we had the party on a thursday (five days before he was to start preschool) and he was fully trained by saturday. by monday, he was going both poop and pee in the adult toilet (though i did use the child's toilet during the training day - but eventually it was his decision to do it like the rest of us on the big toilet - hooray!). i am so happy that he is truly out of diapers - we do use pull-ups at night (or what we now call "disposable underwear" as teri crane suggests) and i would say that in the last two weeks, maybe two of them have been wet. the first thing he does in the morning is run and use the bathroom. this is such a milestone in a child's life that it's worth it to read the book and make it happen in a FUN, QUICK, POSITIVE way! it will save your sanity and you will not regret it!
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on July 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as my last resort. My first child (boy) was trained in ONE DAY using the Dr. Phil method which is a condensed version of this book. Actually, my son hated the doll and would throw it on the ground, but the motivational calls from dump trucks, excavators and cement mixers worked like a charm (calls from Bob the Builder scared him...go figure). That's all it took for him at 3yrs 3m old.

My daughter is 2yrs 9m old and MUST be fully potty-trained by September for preschool. I was down to the wire with her. I tried bribery (M&Ms), I tried the motivational calls that worked so well with my son (she could care less), I tried using the wetting doll like the Dr. Phil method says. NOTHING. I was at wits end. Since I have read books about every other stage (pregnancy, nursing, 1st yr), I gave in and bought this book after reading reviews of all the potty training books. THIS BOOK WORKS! Without it, my daughter would surely still be in diapers. It has been 14 days and she is dry!!!

I followed the book to the letter. It is A LOT of work -- BE PREPARED to be ON for 12 hours. I think, the decoration portion can be modified without any effect to the child. I went with the beach theme and made waves out of blue poster board, blew up a swan and hung fish from the ceiling. She loved it! The tough part was having the doll have a total of 10-12 accidents from 8am to 12pm (lunch). After lunch you are supposed to focus on the child. My daughter was not as interested in the doll having accidents as I had hoped and I thought I was doomed to fail. After lunch she took her nap. BEWARE OF NAPS! She woke up at 3:30pm!
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