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Toilet Training-The Brazelton Way Paperback – January 6, 2004
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"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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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).Read more ›
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.
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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I was quite disappointed. There was very little advice on potty training. It seems like a psychology book. They advise you to wait for your child to be ready. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sarah
I was disappointed by this book. I read it hoping to find helpful tips on how to train my child. The book focuses on "waiting until the child is ready" without giving an... Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by Jamisop
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 morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Karamie Hellman
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 morePublished on November 27, 2012 by Christine Giuda
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 morePublished on May 10, 2012 by PrettyKitty
I purchased this book because I remember respecting and valueing the advice Dr. Brazelton gave when my sons were small (twenty years ago). Read morePublished on August 8, 2010 by Reading Maniac
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 morePublished on January 1, 2010 by Elizabeth Davis
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 morePublished on October 29, 2009 by cheryl sw