2017: #11 – Oh Crap! Potty Training (Jamie Glowacki)

2017: #11 – Oh Crap! Potty Training (Jamie Glowacki)Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right by Jamie Glowacki
Published by Touchstone on June 16th 2015
Genres: non-fiction, parenting
Pages: 288
four-stars
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Let Jamie Glowacki, potty-training expert and the popular "Pied Piper of Poop" show you how it's done. Her 6-step, proven process to get your toddler out of diapers and onto the toilet has already worked for tens of thousands of kids and their parents. Here's the good news: your child is probably ready to be potty trained EARLIER than you think (ideally, between 20-30 months), and it can be done FASTER than you expect (most kids get the basics in a few days—but Jamie's got you covered even if it takes a little longer). If you've ever said to yourself:
 
** How do I know if my kid is ready?
** Why won't my child poop in the potty?
** How do I avoid "potty power struggles"?
** How can I get their daycare provider on board?
** My kid was doing so well—why is he regressing?
** And what about nighttime?!
 
Oh Crap! Potty Training can solve all of these (and other) common issues. This isn't theory, you're not bribing with candy, and there are no gimmicks. This is real-world, from-the-trenches potty training information—all the questions and all the ANSWERS you need to do it once and be done with diapers for good.

I’m just going to come right out and say it. Potty training sucks. A lot. You might even say it’s very, very shitty (pardon me). So if there’s something out there to help you through the process, you should grab it with both hands and hold on.

Glowacki suggests that you potty train your child between 20-30 months, and unfortunately I didn’t discover this book until after my son passed through that window. But I picked it up and read it anyway. And, I confess, I had my doubts.

Her method consists of blocks that your child progresses through, and the time your child spends in each block varies wildly. There’s naked time, there are no bribes, there’s no leaving the potty out for months before you start so your child can “get used to it”. There’s no asking if they need to go. There’s a lot of watching your child for cues. There’s “commando” time. Glowacki is funny, but stern in the belief that you should follow her way. And she must know what she’s doing — she does this for a living. The tone of the book can be a bit judgey from time to time, but it’s not a complete turn-off.

Since my son was already older than 30 months (we didn’t start until he turned 3) and had already had some practice with the potty at daycare, I did not intend to follow her plan exactly. In fact, I thought the whole naked time part was pretty stupid. But on the weekend we started, after he had multiple accidents in his pants I decided to give the naked time a try. And you know what? It worked. Within a month, he had gone from naked at home/diapered at daycare to wearing boxer shorts and sweat pants (mimicking “commando” but allowing for underwear at daycare) to wearing underwear all the time (except for sleeping). Within six months, we had ditched the nap and nighttime pull-ups.

Poop was a whole ‘nother story, but that had much more to do with my son than with the potty training methods. And by that point, I trusted Glowacki’s expertise enough to join an online clinic to get personalized assistance.

Is her method perfect? No, but I think there’s a very good foundation there. I found I was able to pick and choose what worked for us. For example, bribes worked for my son, they just did. And it didn’t take long before he stopped asking for his treat after each time he went to the bathroom.

Go into any parenting group or forum and ask for book suggestions about potty training, and this one will be at the top of the list. And for good reason.

Other reviews:

  • “We have all the elements of success. It may take another year, or it may just take two more days – either way, I credit Jamie Glowacki’s book for setting the stage.” Six Forty Nine
  • “Read this book, follow through with the method and be amazed at what your child is capable of!” Stay at Home Yogi
  • “I absolutely ate this book up and if you are pondering whether or not your child is ‘ready’ to potty train, please just read this book.” Books, Love & Lattes

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