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Potty Train in Three Days Paperback – March 1, 2002
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I borrowed this book from a friend and I did exactly what it said- no pull-ups and no leaving the house. I was skeptical, because when asked, my son would say that he didn't want to go to the bathroom on the potty and he wanted to wear diapers. However, by the end of the first day he was pretty much potty trained. He had only two accidents and he woke up dry the next day. Any mistakes he's made can be directly linked to my lack of follow through. He's been potty trained now for six months and I'm about to buy the book so I can potty train my daughter next.
Oh, one more thing. Just in case you think this is all in my head, let me tell you one more story. My son got a terrible bout of diahrrea a few months ago and he was having a hard time making it to the bathroom in time. Out of desperation, my husband put a pull-up on my son. Surprisingly enough, my son came to me with tears in his eyes and said, "Mommy, Daddy put a diaper on me!" I took it off of him immediately. We had a few accidents, but it was much more important to me that he knew we had confidence in him and his ability to get to the potty in time. In three days our son learned to use the potty, but he also gained a world of confidence. I don't know why anyone would have anything negative to say about this book.
The book itself is short, direct, and gives explicit instructions, which I thought was fantastic. Busy parents can easily read it within an hour or so.
The method presented by the author is effective and easy to follow, but it does require a few things of the potty-trainer.
First, your child must be ready to potty-train. Lois Kleint provides a list of signs indicating readiness.
Second, you must be willing to give up three days to focus on potty training, 24-hours a day. You'll need to stay close to home and the potty. I work outside the home, so I had to take some vacation time to potty train.
Third, you must be willing to put up with some accidents on the floor. In order to be consistent in your messages to the child, this method requires you to toss out the diapers entirely, so you won't be able to switch back and forth between underwear and pull-ups. Does this mean some mistakes on the floor? Absolutely. However, the payoff is that in three days, your child will be potty-trained!!!
Fourth, be diligent and persistent. You'll be running back and forth to the bathroom a lot, and it may become a bit tiring. Hang in there, though. By the end of Day 1, my 2-year-old hadn't pottied in the toilet a single time. Instead, he'd made puddles all over the house, but I could tell the message was getting through because he was really upset every time he had an accident. I was also encouraged by other reviewers who indicated they'd had similar experiences. Day 2 wasn't much better.Read more ›
Don't be skeptical; buy the book and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Afterall, who wants a kid in diapers when they're 4!
The 2 previous reviews prompted me to order this book through Amazon.com as it was unavailable in Canada. Seemed like a rather desparate move at the time, but myself and 3 friends felt that it was worth the while.
Its now the evening of Day 3 and it was definately an interesting 3 days. By the end of Day 1, my son, who is 31 months, was very proficient at washing and drying his hands, taking his pants and underwear off and on but definately had no interest in peeing on the potty! We hadn't really tried many methods prior to this and I didn't really want to get into the pull ups scene, which was why Kleint's book was of interest to me.
3/4 of the way through Day 2 we weren't really much farther ahead, I was trying to calmly tell myself that this was the right thing to do and to not just haul all of those diapers out of the garbage and go back to the way it was. The biggest reason that I didn't do this? All I could think of was having to go through what I was going through now at another time.
Then, in the evening of Day 2, it started to click.Read more ›
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This book had great guidelines for fast potty - training. When our son turned 3, he needed to be out of diapers before the next level of preschool. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't find this to be effective despite my child checking all the boxes on the readiness list. I suspect that maybe this approach works with children above a certain age (that... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Angela A.
I can't say enough good things about this book! I potty trained two of my sons at the same time using this book. I love it!Published 14 months ago by Valerie E
Great book for potty training. Didn't necessarily work in 3 days, but the concepts offered are awesome and a great place to start. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Phil'swife
We actually introduced our daughter to the potty when she was 16 months, and by her second birthday she'd progressed to the point where she'd pee in it once or twice a day fairly... Read morePublished 17 months ago by E. Harman
If you're really interested in this book try it from the library first. Everything in it was very common sense. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Elizabeth
So I wrote this about a month after our dedicated 3 day potty training weekend. My daughter (2.5) did great and was potty trained in 3 days, with these exceptions. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jess
i asked women from other countries how they had potty trained their children and I was baffled but the very simple responses... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Elizabeth
This is a good book however my kids still aren't potty trained. I have twins so it is a bit harder....Published 21 months ago by Julia A. Edson