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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (21 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743273133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743273138
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Desperate parents will want this book..." -- "Library Journal," May 15, 2006

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Camilla Macaulay on 16 Nov. 2010
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Potty train in a day, who wouldn't like to acheive that? According to Terri Crane, your toddler should even be cleaning themselves up afterwards. Terri Crane's narrative is very encouraging and enthusiastic but her methods seem very OTT and, to be honest, a bit daft. If you have nothing better to do than host Potty Parties, cut out templates of your child's backside then this book is for you. It is a huge bestseller in the States so I am sure there is much to merit it but I gave up long before finishing this book. Fortunately my son got the hang of the potty within a few days with hardly any effort on my part. I lent this book to a friend along with another batch of mostly unread parenting books. She thought it was hilarious and swiftly dropped it into the nearest bin.
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By Amanda on 3 Feb. 2015
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Helped me stay focused and not give up, good guide.
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Thank You! Thank You! It works! 11 Aug. 2007
By Sarah Kiesche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First off, how can ANYONE "review" a book if they have not READ it? The negative reviews on this book are just plain silly. Just because you don't like the IDEA? Try putting the IDEA and PLAN into action and then you can honestly give a real review.

I bought this book on a whim. I've been wanting to potty train my 2 1/2 year old son for quite some time. At first I was highly skeptical! I thought, "Maybe for older kids who just need that little push. This will NOT work for my son who is completely oblivious to what's going on in his diaper!" I waited a couple of months to let life settle down. During this time he became more aware of his body and met all of the requirements in Teri's book.

Some reviewers complain about how much money you HAVE to invest and I just have to disagree. You CAN go all out, buy the most expensive doll and buy every single item on the recommended lists..or you can simplify things. I simplified our plan. I purchased a $12 "Lots to Love" doll from Wal~Mart and lots of stickers. We made our own chart up and had a nice supply of underwear on hand. I spent maybe $10 in snacks and had plenty left over to carry on through the week. You don't HAVE to do anything the book suggests, I went with the basic model and idea and we had a blast! My son was thrilled by his new baby, he was thrilled with a few new boardgames (which I would have bought anyways). He loved the attention and the games and all the books I read to him.

I didn't think my son would get into the roleplaying aspect, but he did! He fed his baby and showed his baby the potty and watched videos and read books with his baby. He named him George and he would say "Good Job George!" everytime George was successful. It was a wonderful morning and we celebrated George becoming a big boy by going to McDonalds. We got some strange looks over my SON carrying around a half naked babydoll wearing Thomas the Train underpants..but I didn't care! I proudly looked people in the eye and said "He's learning to be a big boy and is teaching his baby how to use the potty!"

I was VERY nervous about the second half of the day. Again, I was still skeptical. My son, obviously, LOVED having so much juice and treats and really got into racing Mama to the potty! He was successful the first time we tried it! Everytime he'd sit on the potty, he'd make sure George was sitting on his potty too! We went through 3 pairs of underpants that day and had a successful poo-poo in the potty! All the juice actually helped with my son's constipation problems!

We celebrated with just us. We ordered a pizza and gave our son a couple of small presents. He loved them and he loved his small little cake! You don't have to spend tons of money to teach your child simple concepts.

It has been almost 2 weeks since our party. He didn't magically train in one day, but the party kickstarted the process. He has good days and bad days..and the bad days are due to MY attitude and not being as excited about the process as I should be. He has learned so much and makes more and more advances with each passing day! He's gone from waking up in a SOAKING wet diaper, to sleeping in big boy underwear and waking up to go pee in the potty. He has gone from NO awareness to telling me in the middle of a fascinating movie "Mama I have to go pee pee!" We are on day 2 of NO accidents and I couldn't be prouder of my son! I may feel a little silly doing the pee-pee dance in a public restroom, but seeing the satisfied and happy look on my boy's face is worth all of the embarassment in the world!

The best part is the personal attention and assistance I received from Teri. I had emailed her, asking for advice on using public potties. My son was NOT interested. Imagine my surprise when I received a personal phone call from Teri herself! We had a wonderful conversation and she gave me some very helpful insight and encouragement. I told her I had recommended this book to all of my friends and the internets.

THANK YOU Teri for all of your help! I look forward to implementing your advice and am excited about my Big Boy! He is so proud of himself and I owe it all to Teri Crane!
79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
amazing! 11 Sept. 2006
By Happy Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i have to say that i was skeptical when i first saw the book - but was so engrossed in it, i read half of it before leaving the bookstore. my son was to start preschool at the end of august 2006 and their criteria was that he had to be 3 and he had to be potty trained. i had known about this since march, but tried to train him (admittedly, half-heartedly) and then decided to wait with the idea that he would want to do it eventually on his own - eventually turned into *never* and by the time august rolled around, i was getting pretty desperate. my son turned 3 in august and i thought that he would wake up one day and just "be ready" to potty train. not so! i read the book, ordered the doll, bought truck-themed underwear, decorated the house with streamers and balloons, bought activity books, paints, crayons, etc., and prepared for a very long day! i got up earlier than he did, straightened my hair, put on makeup and a cute skirt, as if i was going to a party myself. we had the party on a thursday (five days before he was to start preschool) and he was fully trained by saturday. by monday, he was going both poop and pee in the adult toilet (though i did use the child's toilet during the training day - but eventually it was his decision to do it like the rest of us on the big toilet - hooray!). i am so happy that he is truly out of diapers - we do use pull-ups at night (or what we now call "disposable underwear" as teri crane suggests) and i would say that in the last two weeks, maybe two of them have been wet. the first thing he does in the morning is run and use the bathroom. this is such a milestone in a child's life that it's worth it to read the book and make it happen in a FUN, QUICK, POSITIVE way! it will save your sanity and you will not regret it!
50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Great Book. A LOT of work. Gets the job done! BEWARE OF NAPS! 25 July 2006
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book as my last resort. My first child (boy) was trained in ONE DAY using the Dr. Phil method which is a condensed version of this book. Actually, my son hated the doll and would throw it on the ground, but the motivational calls from dump trucks, excavators and cement mixers worked like a charm (calls from Bob the Builder scared him...go figure). That's all it took for him at 3yrs 3m old.

My daughter is 2yrs 9m old and MUST be fully potty-trained by September for preschool. I was down to the wire with her. I tried bribery (M&Ms), I tried the motivational calls that worked so well with my son (she could care less), I tried using the wetting doll like the Dr. Phil method says. NOTHING. I was at wits end. Since I have read books about every other stage (pregnancy, nursing, 1st yr), I gave in and bought this book after reading reviews of all the potty training books. THIS BOOK WORKS! Without it, my daughter would surely still be in diapers. It has been 14 days and she is dry!!!

I followed the book to the letter. It is A LOT of work -- BE PREPARED to be ON for 12 hours. I think, the decoration portion can be modified without any effect to the child. I went with the beach theme and made waves out of blue poster board, blew up a swan and hung fish from the ceiling. She loved it! The tough part was having the doll have a total of 10-12 accidents from 8am to 12pm (lunch). After lunch you are supposed to focus on the child. My daughter was not as interested in the doll having accidents as I had hoped and I thought I was doomed to fail. After lunch she took her nap. BEWARE OF NAPS! She woke up at 3:30pm! You are supposed to focus on the child being a big girl/boy after nap, have a big celebration at 6pm and in between that time, get the child to go succesfully on the potty 4-5 times. Well, it takes a while for fluids to go through your system. She only had 2 successes on potty training day. For the first week after the potty extravaganza, she was averaging 1-2 accidents a day. I had to anticipate when she was going to have to go (I highly recommend doing the BLADDER TIME CHART. It was my saving grace in figuring out when she would probably have to go). I spent most of my time in the bathroom that 1st week. No joke! Also, I continued to make the doll have a few accidents as reinforcement (that also REALLY HELPED and, I hate to say it, but felt good to tell the doll in a firm voice -- since you can't do it to the child -- "NO MORE PEE PEE IN YOUR PANTS!"). Week 2, something clicked!! My daughter started to tell me when she has to go "wee wee" or "poo poo." HALLELULAH!! I am now at day 15 and she is accident free and we both couldn't be happier! :) GOOD LUCK!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
My little girl wasn't quite ready, but we had fun anyway!! 1 Feb. 2007
By Amy Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book at the bookstore and thought from the cover that it was just what I needed. My 2-year-old (almost 3) daughter had shown little interest in the potty, but I was beginning to get the feeling that we were behind schedule on the potty training, and I wanted to get it done!

I read the book quickly and enjoyed it, and the idea of a "potty party" really appealed to me. Who doesn't like a party?!

I bought the doll, checked out potty training books and DVD's from the library, and then stayed up till 1:30 a.m. the night before our Cinderella Potty Party, preparing the bathroom with a little princess vanity, flowing scarves, and hand-drawn pictures of castles and the door of Cinderella's carriage. The living room was deemed the "Palace Dining Hall," complete with a fancy tablecloth on the coffee table, and all my good china ready for fun snacks.

My little girl was ecstatic from the moment she woke up. Spending all this Mommy-and-Me time was a treat for both of us, since I work from home and often have to give her the "later, sweetheart -- Mommy has to work now" treatment. I took Teri's advice and shut down the computer and the phones for the entire day and focused on my child.

It was a day we will remember for a long time -- dressing up like princesses (make-up and all), dancing on the kitchen floor with our tap shoes on, watching a bunch of potty videos, and eating lots of usually-forbidden foods! My little girl did go pee-pee in the potty four times over the course of the day, and we were very proud and went to Chuck E Cheese to celebrate. It was a great time for the whole family.

The next few days were tough with the potty training, because she had several accidents and it became clear that the only way she would go was if we sat her on the potty for HOURS. I emailed Teri about this and she quickly got back to me with the advice that, even at almost 3, some children don't have the bladder-to-brain connection that makes it possible for them to feel when they need to go. She advised going back to Pull-Ups and trying again in a few months, with another potty party. I'm looking forward to it!

The last few days I've noticed that my daughter has noticed much more when her Pull-Up is wet or dirty, and she has asked to have it changed more frequently. I'm sure that our next potty party will be a big success, because I'll be sure she's ready before I plan it!

All in all, I highly recommend this book! It's a great jump-start to the potty-training process, even if it doesn't all happen in one day, and, most of all, it's a wonderful way to plan a special day for you and your child.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Sorry, but this is totally overrated. 5 Mar. 2009
By T. Yeakley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after reading the first couple of chapters in the bookstore to make sure it sounded like something my little girl would do. She loves dolls, so I thought teaching her with a doll would be perfect. I also thought the party would be a great way to keep potty training positive for both of us. It's just too bad it didn't work. I ran into every problem imaginable, and I did three months worth of planning, research on different potty dolls, etc. First, I read the entire book. Then, I read the prerequisites and party day chapters several times, including the day before the party. The first time we took the readiness quiz, my daughter wasn't ready. I waited two months, worked on the prerequisites, talked about the potty everyday, watched videos, read stories, etc. We took the quiz again and she met ALL the criteria. I was so excited. Believe me, I tried so hard to make this a success. Here are the issues I had:

1. Dolly: Teri Crane recommends the Emma doll who drinks and wets. I researched this doll and found that parents hated it. For starters, it looks like a baby and not a big girl. Isn't that what we're telling our children? We're telling them they are big kids and not babies; meanwhile, we're potty training them with dolls that look like babies? Plus, it's not anatomically correct as promised. Most recently, they've been marketing a doll that goes with the book. Again, parents hate this doll. Both the Emma and the "official" potty party doll wet instantly. You would have to give them the drink while they're on the toilet in order for them to have success. How realistic.

I purchased the Baby Alive Learns to Potty so I could have some control over when the doll had accidents and when the doll made a successful trip to the potty. However, BA did not work the way the instructions said. It was supposed to ask to go to the potty once, then twice, then three times, and on up to five. This never happened. There I was trying to coax my two-and-a-half year old to the bathroom with the doll. We NEVER made it on time. Instead of being fun, it just became a hassle. I turned the doll off and hid a cup behind the potty along with some chocolate covered raisins. I just staged my own successes for the doll. BA cost me about $50. Baby Emma costs about the same. I could have achieved the same results with a doll that cost $10 at Dollar General. What a huge waste of money!!!

2. The Party: Some aspects of the party made it fun, but overall, the party was totally unneccessary. One reviewer said she just put up a few balloons and gave her daughter a new doll. I wish I would have done something simple too. I would have decorated the bathroom A LITTLE, gotten an inexpensive and grown up looking doll, and had a simple reward system. The treats tray, for example, became a battling ground. My daughter wanted treats just for going INTO the bathroom. Ultimately, she won that battle b/c that was the only way I could get her in there! Fortunately, I purchased a CD called More Music from Bear in the Big Blue House, which has her favorite potty song, Toileteers. We played that when she or dolly went potty.

I agonized over every detail of the party, keeping it as close to the book as possible. I did all the decorations Crane suggested and everything. I even had a cake and invited her grandparents over at the end of the party. At lunchtime, I had them call to congratulate dolly just like the book suggests. I think the doll, the one-on-one attention and the encouragement were good. The decorations, however, were a hassle and a hideous waste of money!! Who has money to throw around these days?!

3. It's the day after and I feel like I'm starting from scratch. My daughter went pee-pee in the potty three times during the party. She had four accidents b/c she doesn't tell me she has to pee until RIGHT before. LOL. I thought that three times in the potty was a tremendous success and a good start was all I really expected. However, she hasn't gone in the potty once today. She's napping right now, so I'm hoping for a better afternoon. She's wearing pull-ups instead of panties, so I wonder if she's treating them like diapers (waiting for me to take her off the potty so she can go in the pull-ups). Hey, she's just a kid and she's learning. I am disappointed in the book though. I worked so hard and it just didn't live up to it's promises. One star, that's all it gets.
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