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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738209201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738209203
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com 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

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"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." -- MSNBC.com 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." -- Bookviews.com 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

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I highly recommend for both parents and grandparents.
Missy B
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.
Reckless Consumer
The book is short and easy to read, but dense with useful information.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Allison on July 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By Madar on February 17, 2005
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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 By Reckless Consumer on 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 By sfmom on April 5, 2005
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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 By K. Worden on July 24, 2005
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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 guy...works 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 By Missy B on April 4, 2008
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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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