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Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right (1) (Oh Crap Parenting) Paperback – June 16, 2015
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New parents....this is not a book for you. Talk with your pediatrician, call up a few veteran moms and ask for advice, read a few books and find one that feels right. There are so many parents out there, that have stood where you stand. You need grace - not militant shaming.
So after an extremely frustrating 7 days of beating myself up for being inattentive, I decided to start over with a different method of training (Potty Training in 3 Days by Brandi Brucks). Much of her early training techniques are the complete opposite of Jamie Glowacki’s instructions. The results are AMAZING! On the first day, I put my child in underwear and my child was TELLING and SIGNALING to me to go to the bathroom. After only 1 accident, my child was successfully using the potty in the bathroom.
I’m sure that this method might work for some children, but just know that it might now work for all. The author’s tone and general descriptions of how things work puts way too much burden and stress on the parents when potty training using her method doesn’t work out. If it works for you, great. If not, give another method a go. Potty training is hard enough without blaming yourself if the method doesn’t work.
I cannot speak for the nighttime process yet (although from the sounds of it, I think we'll just wing it and ignore the author's advice), but the day-to-day potty training process can and does work. While we had lots of issues crop up, my daughter eventually "got it" after 1 full week of training. The things I liked about this book were the clear and concise plan that was laid out. I also really appreciated the author's stance on not giving up and saying your child isn't ready when things get hard. Your child is not going to magically potty train themselves. It is going to be a frustrating process, but they WILL get it. Going back and forth between diapers and the potty is confusing and not at all helpful. During our process, I had many people tell me that maybe my daughter just wasn't ready and I should try again later. This book helped me combat that idea. First, I was NOT interested in re-living the potty training process over again (did I mention it's HARD?). Second, my child displayed all the signs of readiness before we started and I KNEW she was capable of learning something new. The book helped me put my foot down and stick with it, even when it was miserable. I also really liked the idea of not giving rewards for going potty. My daughter responded wonderfully to praise and we invented our own little celebration song because of it. Even now that she goes regularly she gets very excited about it and is SO proud of herself. I love that she did not need a sticker or a piece of candy to know she was doing a good job.
The things I did not like about this book were the set age window for which to potty train. My 27 month old showed all the signs of readiness, but the author suggests she would have been just as ready as early as 18 month old. My daughter communicates well for her age, but even with that I can't imagine explaining and doing this all at 18 months old. And with the age window ending at 2.5 years, I felt like the odds were stacked against us with every minute that passed and she was not potty trained. Never mind the fact she makes it sound like, if your child isn't getting it, it is 100% your fault. The chapter on daycare is particularly depressing and set me up to believe my daughter's school was going to be difficult to work with. They were not. In fact, they were our biggest cheerleaders during the process and continue to champion my child (as they should.) To suggest to someone that, if their daycare does not comply with all the rules in this book, you should move your child to another daycare is insanity. Your kid is having trouble potty training, so why not uproot their entire day-to-day life and see how that goes? Horrible advice. Basically, the general tone of this book creates so much anxiety that I can see why so many parents are turned off by it.
There were many troubleshooting suggestions that were simply the cliff's notes explanations of how to deal with issues. Some of them state the obvious but give you no real solution. For instance:
-Prompt, but don't OVER prompt your child.
-Your child does not get a choice about sitting on the potty, but don't turn sitting on the potty into a punishment.
-If your child is misbehaving during the potty training process, it is okay to discipline them as you normally would, but don't ever punish them in regards to the potty.
Also, the author mentions a Facebook group to commiserate with experts and fellow parents. There is not one; just a page for the book that posts some teaser blog posts and directs you to the book itself. I suspect if you really want that kind of support, you'll need to pay their consultants to help you.
All and all, this book has some great tactics and can really help you potty train your child. Just be prepared to roll your eyes a lot at the author's tone and her anecdotes about all the amazing things she does for her own child (controlled diet, progressive schooling, etc.) that don't necessarily fit into most people's reality. If she would just stick to the facts, this would be a lot shorter book and I suspect more people would follow through with its teachings.
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I like how this book doesn't use a time frame, but instead blocks, and if for e.g. on Block 2 things aren't working well you can go back to Block 1 and go from there again.
Very unusually, the first three days my son didn't have one accident, he told me every time he needed to go to the toilet and went in himself - too good to be true - Day 4 he made the toilet maybe twice, and the rest were accidents. Very disheartening! And for the next 4 days after that there was one accident every evening, but I was patient and kept going and he is potty trained now, and I feel this book is the reason why we kept at it instead of giving up.
The main aim is to get your child to pee in potty / toilet - even mid pee, grab them and put them on so they finish in the potty.
I haven't done night time training yet - my other children seemed to naturally train at night so I'll wait another few months and see if he starts to hold his pee all night himself, before considering night training.
I definitely recommend this book.
Simple, easy to read, someone commented that this author was bossy, but I find the majority of authors on this topic bossy anyway, and personally I didn't find her bossy, in fact I thought she had her head screwed on, down to earth and had a simple and easy method that yields results.
So, in conclusion, great if you can continue on with this for the full 6 weeks with no pants.
If your nursery/childminder say they are fine with commando, they will be, until they have an accident and another child slips in it.
I loved the simplistic, straight-forward language and description, which put me in mind that I was training my son a vital life skill. At times, the author’s American dialect and accent would come through, but that only added to the rousing cries I could hear in my head of ‘you can do it, mama!’ It actually spurred me on and gave me all the confidence and motivation I needed before I embarked on the potty training. She assures the reader that, as long as the child is within the set age bracket, and is showing all the signs she describes, they are unequivocally ready to be potty trained. No ifs and buts, no excuses. I loved how she tell it like it is!
So now we have come out the other side, and I am so proud that my son is fully potty trained. I really do feel it was a collaborative effort between me, my son, and the author, Jamie Glowacki. Whilst there is a trouble shooting section to get children on track with potty training, I am so so glad I started out with this book and got the job done. Thanks to my friend for the recommendation and an even bigger THANK YOU to Jamie Glowacki.
If I'd have had the patience I would have ordered the physical book as opposed to the Kindle version as I think it would be easier to read in that way as you need to jump around a bit in it for reference rather than read from cover to cover.
I’ve already recommended this book to others as I feel the method she uses provides a great structure to potty train with, and we used it successfully. I like that she doesn’t encourage you to rush or count days, but talks in stages so you can move at your child’s pace. I do however say to friends that her thoughts on when to potty train aren’t necessarily helpful; she feels that saying a child isn’t ready is a parental excuse, however I disagree with this and with my son I’m glad I didn’t rush him at a certain age as when we did it he was ready and it went pretty smoothly. However, the way she wrote these parts made it very easy to discount the parts I didn’t agree with or find helpful, but still be able to take away a lot of useful information and suggestions from the book.
The author recommends that you read the first 5 chapters only before starting potty training and then refer to the other chapters for trouble shooting purposes to address any issues that crop up along the way. So it was a manageable read and not an overwhelming amount of information.
The first four chapters set out the reasoning behind the authors approach which all made sense and seemed very logical. Then chapter 5 sets out the method itself, broken down into blocks of the process rather than days.
Before reading the book, I felt a little uneasy about the prospect of leaving my son naked from the waist down during block 1 but the book explained why this was so important so I did it and my son wasn't remotely bothered.
The method worked really well and although my son is a little older at 32 months than the authors recommended age of 20-30 months, he got the hang of it within a few days with very few accidents.
The author is American so you have to get used to American terminology like "have to go pee", poop and potty chair, but it didn't bother me.