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Toilet Training-The Brazelton Way [Kindle Edition]

T. Berry Brazelton
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Book Description

Parents will welcome Brazelton's uniquely empathetic, wise, and helpful approach to this inevitable and often trying issue. Toilet training is a job for the child and not the parent, and by trying to force the issue or even encourage too hard, parents can set the stage for trouble. By "listening to the child," parents will know when their child is ready, and by guiding children in a series of gentle small steps, parents can help them make the accomplishment their own. A generation and more of children have been trained "the Brazelton way," and now he and Dr. Sparrow have distilled this advice into one priceless little guide. They first lay out the Touchpoints approach to the issue (a "mistake" can mean the child is making progress on some other front), then discuss the timing of this big achievement, and finally deal with how to respond if problems occur. For parents who want to get past this issue cheerfully, with the least fuss and turmoil, this is the one and only book to get.

Editorial Reviews Review

Beloved pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton offers hope and help for parents whose bathroom has become a battleground. With co-author Dr. Joshua Sparrow, Brazelton outlines a "waiting and watching" approach to toilet training. First, parents learn to recognize "touchpoints" (developmental signs of a child’s readiness to graduate from soggy diapers) including "potty talk and play," awareness of other’s toilet habits, and the ability to imitate behavior and understand directions. Readiness is further defined by the capacity for "object permanence," allowing a child to "say good bye to poop without feeling that apart of her will disappear." Next, parents should focus on a child’s temperament. Parents are encouraged to confront "the ghosts in the nursery", by exploring how memories of their own toilet training create anxiety, pressure or overreaction. Braze! lton and Sparrow use this child-centered model to resolve a broad range of problems including bedwetting, constipation, and preschool pressure. The authors’ clear and reassuring tone could be leavened with a bit more comic relief, but it is hard to imagine a more wise or well-detailed guide to this central milestone of toddlerhood. -- Barbara Mackoff


"A lifesaver...This handy guide offers up [Brazelton's] own uniquely wise, sympathetic and helpful approach...Priceless." -- Curled Up with a Good Book January 2004

"Brazelton and Sparrow constantly remind us of the joy and hilarity of parenting." -- Time

"Brazelton's calm and positive approach to childrearing has earned him the title of America's most trusted pediatrician." -- 01/14/04

"Essential addition to a busy parent's library." -- Publishers Weekly

"Excellent...Concise, practical, age-by-age, issue-by-issue advice that provides a window into the mind of the child." -- February 2004

"Gives advice for each stage of the early years, emphasizing that the child's motivation is the key to success." -- Harvard Medical School's Focus 02/06/04

"[Brazelton is] the pre-eminent name in child-rearing in this country." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram 03/29/04

Product Details

  • File Size: 1317 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (December 31, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001GQ379S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,685 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this BEFORE your child is ready to train July 15, 2004
By Allison
This book came out when my son had just turned 3. I had been tearing out my hair worrying about potty training, and I believe that if I'd had this book when I was first considering the issue, I'd have had a much easier time of it. The book is short and easy to read, but dense with useful information. Brazelton backs up his "method" with firsthand information about child development. He is a doctor who has seen many children and their parents, not some person who got lucky with a forceful method that they think should work for everyone.
Brazelton stresses that age is not a determinant for potty training readiness. He outlines several readiness signs. If you've researched potty training, most will seem familiar to you. What I found unique about his list is that he indicates that ALL conditions must be met before a child is ready, so there is no guesswork.
Brazelton's "method" isn't a step by step troubleshooting guide. I kept wishing for such a thing, but it doesn't exist because parents need to use judgement and compassion in helping a child achieve this milestone. There is no sure fire recipe. But there are some things you can do that are key: Don't force a child who isn't ready. Don't approach potty training as a discipline issue. Do give children choices. Do remove barriers such as training then while bare bottomed so that they don't need your help with clothing. Don't show your anxiety about training or the child will pick up on it.
The book includes chapters on special situations (constipation, encopresis, etc.). It also gives gender specific advice such as waiting to teach boys to urinate while standing until they are proficient at going "Number 2" in the toilet (once they stand up, it's hard to get them sitting again).
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Low-stress, relaxed training February 17, 2005
By Madar
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I found this book after trying a quickie method. My son did fine peeing in the potty, but after he began holding bowel movements, we found he had been constipated for a while even before we began training. We went back to diapers. After a little looking around, I purchased this book because it addresses problems like that and is very centered on allowing the child to set the pace. This could take months and may include reverting back to previous steps along the way, including getting back in diapers temporarily. I am not against quicker methods, but this is how we will resume training because of our special circumstances. So if you are looking for training in 3 days...this isn't it. But if you want to let your child go about potty training when he is ready and can accept occasional backslides, I would highly recommend this book.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic October 4, 2004
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Dr. Brazelton somehow combines being kind, gentle, and respectful of children with being incredibly effective as a parent. This is a thin little book, just over 100 pages, and it clearly, thoroughly explains ways to train, and also addresses any potential problems. I have referred to this book three times since I read it originally with specific problems and to my surprise, they have each been covered in detail in this book. What I especially love about this book is that there are not lots of rules or elaborate plans to remember. It's the kind of book you don't have to take notes on...the information is so logical and instinctive that it somehow just naturally becomes part of your knowledge. There's very little effort involved.

My daughter had several issues while potty training, and I regret that this book wasn't released earlier. After reading the book and implementing some of the things I learned, I realized that her problems were a direct result of some of my actions. Within a few days her potty training was reliable, and more importantly, both she and I were actually enjoying the process. It went from being stressful to me to being kind of touching in a way, as strange as that sounds! She was officially not a baby anymore!

Dr. Brazelton gives frazzled parents a fresh perspective and gently guides us through this exciting (and terrifying!) time in our children's lives. I really appreciate the work he's done and the information he's shared.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just ok.... April 5, 2005
By sfmom
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i bought this book because i love brazelton's other best sellers; but i feel that it isn't as strong as his other writings. too much of it is focused on infant and very early toddler details; the digestive system, etc. there isn't enough substantial information for me to really have insight and make good decisions about helping my child toilet learn.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Signs of Readiness July 24, 2005
The part of this book that was most helpful was the list of 7 signs Brazelton says are the key to successful toileting. I had a late little at his own pace. This book, and specifically the list helped me to calm down and watch for ALL 7 signs before guiding my little guy to what he was ready for. My copy is totally worn thin from passing it around to friends. It helped me take myself out of the process and put it firmly where it belongs...on my kiddo!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Respectful Experience - stop the power struggle April 4, 2008
By Missy B
This was a quick and easy read. It gave me a new perspective on potty training - basically to chill out, give the control/choice back to my toddler, and allow him to feel pride for his accomplishments (rather than making it about pleasing Mom/Dad).

I really appreciate this perspective and potty training is going so much better for us now that I've read this. I highly recommend for both parents and grandparents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good tips
We are just in the beginning stages of getting interested in the potty so I have read the pertinent areas of the book and am excited to use all the ideas. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Karamie Hellman
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my daughter
My daughter's 3 year old son is very strong willed and has shown little interest in getting out of diapers. This is going to be very helpful both for her and for me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Christine Giuda
3.0 out of 5 stars needs to have more toilet training tips
I recently read this book and found that its pretty basic when it comes to toilet training. I love all of Brazelton's books, especially his "Touchpoints" books. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Jessie Gray
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Stress Approach
I purchased this book because I remember respecting and valueing the advice Dr. Brazelton gave when my sons were small (twenty years ago). Read more
Published on August 8, 2010 by Reading Maniac
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for your "strong willed" toddler
If you A) have a strong willed toddler and/or B) would like to take a relaxed pace with toilet training, this book is the only one you'll need. Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by Elizabeth Davis
1.0 out of 5 stars not helpful
I have literally read at least 10 books on potty training so far (from the library), and this book has been the LEAST helpful as it does not offer any working strategies, just... Read more
Published on October 29, 2009 by cheryl sw
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as expected
Books are exactly on the topic I was looking for and as advertized. The pictures online were a bid misleading but this is probably my mistake not having a lot of time to research... Read more
Published on May 11, 2009 by PC1974
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info in a quick and easy read...
Mother's don't always have time to I found this book to be a perfect book for my needs. It is a nice small book with the signs to look for, the false signs that many... Read more
Published on September 11, 2007 by L. Hinnrichs
2.0 out of 5 stars flawed logic in child centred approach
When I bought this book, intially I had an open mind about toilet training methods, but after reading this book I am sceptical about the child centred technique. Read more
Published on August 29, 2005 by MK
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