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Toilet Training in Less Than a Day Paperback – March 2, 1977
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I used this book's method to potty-train my son three months ago. We spent from 9am to 2pm following the procedures outlined in the book, but he really had it down by noon. He had four accidents in the first week and a half, and none since. If I had been mindful of how long it had been since he last went to the bathroom, a couple of those accidents could have been avoided, but making the switch from changing diapers after the fact to a more proactive approach can take parents a little while too. I was concerned about putting him in Pull-Ups at bedtime, thinking they might feel enough like diapers that he'd revert to pre-training days, but it hasn't been a problem.
This book was written in the 1970's - those troubling times when moms were homemakers instead of fighter-pilots - and the text reflects the sensibilities of the era. The book also makes the suggestion that if bread-winning dad isn't on board with the process that *he* take over the diaper-changing responsibilities and see how quickly he changes his mind. The gender stratification of the day is obvious, but as a dad who trained his son (and *not* as a penalty for not being with the program) I didn't find the cultural anachronisms too off-putting or annoying. The book was written with a very academic tone - not surprising, considering the university research backgrounds of the authors - so it's not a quick and easy read. Because it is primarily a research document, rewriting it to reflect modern sensibilities really wouldn't enhance it.Read more ›
It took a couple of months to gather up all the supplies, but even so, the night before training day, as I was reviewing the method, I realized that the Doll-that-Wets did not have two pairs of underpants, as needed, so that she could change into dry ones - so I did some late night sewing.
However all the preparation paid off. After 4 hours my 33-month old son (who had never sat on a potty before), could (and did) pull down his pants by himself, urinate, pull up his pants, dump the pot, flush, wash his hands, and dry his hands.
He was having such a great time with pottying, that that evening he kept excusing himself every 5 minutes to run to the potty, and was sometimes mildly disappointed when no pee came out.
After day three the novely wore off, and he is now (as of day 5) figuring out how long he can wait before going to the potty.
We have had one accident per day - but I think that this is because, after almost 3 years of disposable diapers, he is still learning how to recognize when he needs to go.
A few comments if you plan to try the method yourself.
1) Azrin and Foxx do say that if you child has a problem with general stubborness ("he understands what you have said, but he refuses to carry out your instructions") then "until this general stubbornness is overcome, you should not attempt to toilet train.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
At first glance, I thought there's no way I can potty train my son in such short time... Well it's true, it can be done and it was done! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Someone
My sister used this method with her girls, so when we were ready to PT our son, I decided to give it a try. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mommy Marmar
This worked perfectly for my son. He was 26 months old and ready. My daughter was 36 months, maybe ready, (we were ready!) when we tried it and it did not work for her. Read morePublished 18 days ago by June K.
I followed this method to the letter, and while my 3.5 year old VERY quickly picked up the processes by training the doll, we are now a full day in - started at 7:30 am, and it is... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jeremy Pressley
Unfortunately I couldn't even get past the second page of the forward due to the authors overuse of the "R" word. How unnecessary and offensive! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann M. Pope
Yes, it really can. As long as your child is ready and you take the required time and be consistent, you can do it in a day.Published 2 months ago by Dawn Butner
Whether or not you follow all the books directions, this book is valuable because it breaks down the training into the necessary steps to teach your toddler.Published 2 months ago by Janet K. Mcneil