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Potty Train in Three Days Paperback – March 1, 2002
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Lois Kleint, M.A., Ed., has a lifetime of experience in educating parents and children. She speaks with the voice of experience and authority, as a trusted counselor for parents and teachers from coast to coast. Her lifes work as an educator has encompassed not only the roles of early childhood specialist, nursery school director, consultant and lecturer, but also those of school teacher, principal, and superintendent--interwoven, of course, with her own experiences as mother of four and grandmother of nine. Most recently, her dedicated research on early childhood has pioneered new fronts in the discovery, practice and teaching of unique principles for parenting, created to instill positive behavior patterns in the very young child. Her time-proven methods and philosophies are now available in print for parents everywhere.
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The results: We packed up his diapers on Saturday morning (he helped pack them up; we told him we were sending them to the new babies that needed diapers), and we spent the next couple of days with a timer, taking him to the bathroom every hour, increasing that time a little on the second day. By Monday, he was telling us when he had to go to the bathroom. He had a total of four "accidents," once at nap time and three times when he woke up in the morning. Now, a little over a month later, not a single accident in over two weeks and he goes to the bathroom by himself. "Go away," he says, "and leave me alone." He does it all himself.
I was skeptical, but I can't argue the results. Absolutely amazing, so if you have a few days to do nothing but bring your child to the bathroom regularly, you have to get this book.
*UPDATE* Yeah, this TOTALLY did not work for us. We have been working and working with her but she is back in pull-ups. She's pretty good about using the potty to pee but poop has been a no-go. it's 50/50. She also does not control herself when sleeping either so after 2 weeks of washing nothing but her bedding over and over and over and over I give up. Maybe she just wasn't ready, maybe I did it wrong, but I'm throwing in the towel and looking for other ways to get her to understand what she's supposed to be doing.
Day 1 - I did follow the book for the most part for the first day. The first day he reluctantly sat on the potty every hour but he would never use it. He would pee all over himself after he got off the potty. I did cut back on the amount of liquids he would drink. (I should say prior to the potty training I took him off the sippy cup because he started to use it to soothe himself like a bottle. Once I gave him a small kids cup he did drink less, only when he was thirsty and not wanting something all the time). I didn't feel like any progress was being made or if he even understood what he was supposed to do. It was frustrating.
Day 2 - I sat him on the potty every 1.5 hours. He still was peeing all over himself. He didn't not want to sit on the potty and when he saw it he got upset. I didn't force the issue. I started to just say forget it but I thought I would at least try the three days. I would encourage him each time but he just wouldn't do it.
Day 3 - I was completely worn out and I thought this would be another useless day but it wasn't. Something clicked in his head where he understood what he was supposed to do and he would do it. Finally, success! He was using it but only after I prompted him to go. Either way I was just glad he was using it. I was so glad I didn't give up after the second day.
After 4 days he was using it on my encouragement but only peeing. He wouldn't poop in it.
I must say that this book was very helpful and has great advice and tips. He wasn't completely potty trained after 3 days but on the right track. After 2 weeks, he would tell me he had to go and he was peeing and pooping in the potty. After 3 weeks, he started standing up to pee instead of sitting down. He did this all on his own. I'm so glad I decided to stick with it.
Although he wasn't "completely" potty trained in 3 days he definitely understood the point of it and we haven't used pull ups since we started. I would definitely recommend giving it a try. Sometimes kids are ready but need a little initiative and encouragement from the parent.