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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764554174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554179
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #802,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Potty Training For Dummies!

"Potty Training For Dummies provides practical, nitty-gritty tips for dealing with the mother of all toddler challenges: potty training. This highly comprehensive book arms parents with the facts they need to make the transition from diapers to the toilet as stress-free as possible for toddlers and their parents." ?Ann Douglas, author, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books

Surefire steps for ditching diapers and conquering setbacks

Help your little one make the transition without trauma or tears

Packed with practical, painless solutions and plenty of good humor, this friendly guide offers you step-by-step directions to help your toddler move from diapers to the potty in record time ? with can?t-miss advice on managing everything from motivation to bed-wetting to daycare providers.

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About the Author

Diane Stafford has written extensively on health issues.

Jennifer Shoquist, M.D., Stafford s daughter, is a family practice physician.

More About the Author

Diane Stafford is an award-winning writer and editor who is known for her lively, upbeat writing style. She has been featured in dozens of articles and broadcasts nationwide. With a two-year bestseller (50,001 Best Baby Names, Sourcebooks), Stafford has fourteen published books and has sold more than a million books.
Stafford lives near the Pacific Ocean in Newport Beach, California, with her husband, Gregory Munoz, an Orange County superiorl court judge. Stafford has one daughter, three stepdaughters, and two stepsons.
Some of Stafford's published books include: Migraines For Dummies, Potty Training For Dummies, The Encyclopedia of STDs, No More Panic Attacks, 40,001 Best Baby Names, 50,001 Best Baby Names, 1000 Best Job-Hunting Secrets, Parent's Success Guide to Parenting, The Ultimate Baby Name Book, The Big Book of 60,001 Baby Names, and The Vitamin D Cure (with Jim Dowd, M.D.). Four of these books were co-authored with Stafford's daughter; her job-hunting book co-author was Moritza Day. Stafford's newest book is 60,001 Best Baby Names (Sourcebooks, September 2011). A new edition of The Vitamin D Cure comes out this summer.

Customer Reviews

Very informative with lots of good ideas.
M. L. Hare
Don't push your kids into doing something they're not ready for...it'll make them not want to and cause you as the parent stress.
This book is just as useless as the Pull-Ups® Big Kid® Central: Potty Training Success DVD thatis given away for free.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By The Cool Guy on December 20, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a dad, I was really looking forward to a book on potty training to help me with my 2-year old. This book is lousy though. Why?

1. Stupid Writing. I got pretty sick of constantly reading all the sappy, "witty" remarks. "Dancing the Potty Mambo"? Give me a break!

2. Stupid Advice. This book keeps telling you to talk to your kid like he/she is an adult. I'm sorry, but a 2-year-old just cannot comprehend a long drawn-out explanation of why you want them or don't want them to do something. How about just saying, "Don't do that!" or "Hey, you want to try this?" That seems to work just fine for me. Why give your kid a doctoral dissertation every time you want them to do something? What's wrong with just telling your kid what to do (nicely), and expecting them to be obedient?

3. Repeating Content. This book kept repeating itself OVER and OVER. Okay, I got it already! I strongly feel that the author wanted to push this book over the 200-page mark when all that needed to be said could probably have been accomplished in about 50 pages (or less).

4. Too Many References. This book constantly refers to other chapters. I once counted 6 different references to other chapters on one page. I am not kidding! Huh? Is potty training really that freakin' complicated? All I want is some general ideas on how to go about it, how to get started, and a few good tips. I don't need all these detailed references. (Nor do I need the phrase "Potty Mambo" repeated to me ad infinitum.)

Here is all I wanted to know:

-How do I get started?

-What do I do?

-How often do I need to try it?

-Should I go for pullups or just keep him in diapers for the moment?

Maybe this book got to all of that, but I quit after page 60.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SandyCB VINE VOICE on July 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
My oldest daughter was a tough sell with potty training, so, desperate, I tried this book against my better judgement, having had little success with other books in the Dummy series. I still have no success with Dummy books. This book promoted doing potty training all at once in an intensive push. This might work for some kids, but it is by no means the best method for all kids. My pediatrician, father of six, says that kids will train when they're ready, no matter what you do, and forcing the issue will just take forever and frustrate all involved. I can't prove him wrong. Forcing a "potty mambo" on a kid who has decided that she prefers not to use the potty leads to a war you don't want to fight. (Note that the kid in question knew how to use the potty; she just didn't want to, as in "but Mommy, I don't want to use the potty", screamed at full blast in public restrooms everywhere.) My other complaint is that some of their "facts" made me fear that my daughter had major problems, when it turns out she was, in fact, totally normal. There have to be books out there with better ideas, or we'd all be better off waiting, as a friend did, until one day her 3-year-old said "Mommy, I want to wear underwear now." And within a week she was.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By K. Weirich on November 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
My daughter is only 17 months old, but her doctor said that at her 18 month check up we will begin to talk about potty training. Since she is my first, I like to become somewhat knowledgable about different milestones she will be accomplishing so I set out to read some potty training books. Now, even though I am a first time mom, I am not stupid. This book made me feel just that. I felt like the author was talking to my 17 month old rather than her 28 year old mom. I was never really sure what points the author was trying to make and the ideas that were used weren't in my opinion good. Not to mention, this book was a little longer than I would've liked which might have also attributed to my dislike of this book. I found that Mommy I Have to Go Potty by Jan Faull and Parenting Guide to Toilet Training by Anne Kruger were much easier, shorter and more helpful then this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Reader on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
I couldn't get past the effort at clever jokes, witty remarks, and cute made-up phrases in this book on every single page. Tidbits of information clutter every page is a truly random fashion. Not only that, the real information is hidden somewhere in between. Also, is is really a topic that warrants such a thick and complicated book?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Although I found this book to be helpful in giving tips and explaining some of the roadblocks, I found that it did not concentrate enough on the actual potty training.
They recommend that we tell the child to let us know when they want to use the potty, and if they have an "accident" to tell them in a nice way to use the potty next time. All this is fine, but when you're training a 2-year old or an older child who is more reticent; a more guided and direct system is needed. For example sitting them on the potty regularly. They also recommend sitting them on the potty at one hour intervals. This time frame is too long, and if you follow their advice you will need to be prepared for more accidents. I would recommend every 30 minutes, and always right away after meals.
So buy this book if you want some extra help in potty training but don't let it be your main guide.
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