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Gina Ford
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Book Description

6 April 2006

Many parents experience a long and bumpy ride along the road to a nappy-free existence. Advice on offer from grandparents, friends and professionals is often conflicting, leaving parents unsure of how and when to potty train their child.

In Potty Training in One Week, bestselling author Gina Ford sets out a simple, easy-to-follow programme that works quickly and avoids many of the common pitfalls parents encounter.

This clearly organised book makes potty training easy, and even fun. Including updated information on:

- How to know when your child is really ready

- How to make potty training fun for your child

- How to reward

- How to deal with accidents

- What to do when you go out

- What to do at sleep times

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912734
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (197 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Gina Ford's Contented Little Baby Book became a runaway bestseller when it was first published ten years ago. She continues to be the number one bestselling author of childcare books in the UK. Her advice and methods have been a godsend to tired, stressed parents throughout the world and have helped a generation of children go to bed on time and sleep calmly through the night. She runs a hugely popular website: www.contentedbaby.com and has published over twelve parenting books.


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"Perfect for any nappy-clinging parent" (She)

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The one-stop guide to contented potty training from bestselling parenting author, Gina Ford

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306 of 308 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book when my daughter was 2, and I felt under pressure (from other mums) to start potty training. Using Gina Ford's easy to understand criteria, it was clear that she was no where near ready to potty train. When she was 2 and a quarter we looked at the book again and I gave it a go. In 3 days we were both totally stressed out and I decided it was time to go back to nappies. 6 weeks ago (aged 2yrs 9 months), she fulfilled all the criteria - following the instructions in the book she was completey dry in 4 days (has had two accidents since then) and completely clean in 3 weeks. This book does work BUT it's crucial to follow Gina Ford's guidance on "readiness" (can they tell wet from dry, can they dress and undress themselves without your help, can they follow simple instructions). If your child isn't ready, it will take much longer than a week.... oh, and YOU have to be ready too!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gina Ford Does it Again - Super Book 17 Dec 2010
By AlexKrycek TOP 500 REVIEWER
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My wife loves any book by Gina Ford - and this one is no exception. I think she now has four books in total - al relating to differing aspects of my daughters life.

I will be upfront - she has a certain style about her that you will either love or loath (Gina Ford that is...not my wife)! What Gina Ford is trying to do is balance the needs of the baby and supporting you as parents. All her books seem to be written in a military style - and you must conform!

This book is no exception. However, it provides you with some wonderful and sound advice - and my wife is delighted with the hints and tips. The book is easy to read and pleasing on the eye in that you can read the book cover to cover in an hr or so.

Very precise but if you follow through with the advice, you get lots and lots of time back. As I say, please be aware, you have to be religious in what you are doing, and if you deviate from the advice, it can be disastrous.

Highly recommended.
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148 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God For Gina Ford !!! 22 April 2005
I was at my wits end about potty training. My son was 3yrs old and was not at all interested in the potty. I tried all the tips the Health Visitor gave me, leave the potty for him to get used to, don't pressure him, let him do it in his own time. That's all very well, but when your son is about to start Pre-School and they won't accept him unless he is clean, you start to panic. And i did ! Then i happened to spot a book in a leaflet "Potty Training In One Week by Gina Ford". I was sceptical but desperate to try anything that might possibly work. I read the book in the evening when the children were in bed, and then resolved to embark on Stage Two the following day. That was a week ago now. And at the end of day two we had no accidents and he was fully clean during the day. And as from day five he is now dry at night time. I am amazed with this book and would strongly recommend anyone to try it. In fact, I think this book should be given out by all Health Visitors and available on the NHS !!!! Thank You Gina Ford you have made a stressed out mum in Swindon a very happy, proud and contented one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No-nonsense approach 22 April 2009
I've recently bought this book - my son isn't yet ready to be potty trained but I wanted to to be ready for when that day comes. The advice looks like common sense to me - I think the way crtieria is set out to allow you to know whether your child is ready to be trained is great and so I won't even begin to attempt it until my son meets these. I bought the book because I have many of the other books in Gina Ford's contented baby series and so far Gina Ford has never let me or my little one down - be it sleeping , eating or all the other aspects of raising a baby / toddler. Therefore I trust that this advice too will work just as well and reading through it, it has all made as much sense to me as all the other books have and I don't feel as daunted by potty training as I did before reading this. I will update this review when we have put it into practice!!
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Potty trained in one week....who is she kidding? 21 May 2008
You can't fault her style or clarity, but this book should come with a sanity warning. The programme probably does work but (and this is a big but) your child has to be ready and predisposed to the Gina Ford technique. We had followed a lot of her advice in Contented Baby etc and so were pretty positive about it, but, ended up having to abandon the Gina Ford way of potty training because of the tantrums and tears (and not just the baby's). To be fair, the book makes it clear you can potty-train in one week...but only if your child is ready. And there's lots of good advice on familiarising your child with what will happen and sensible comments on how parents need to prepare themselves too. But nothing really your health visitor couldn't tell you or which you couldn't get off the net. And I think there's another caveat. Your child has to have the "right" personality. My son is very wilful and we abandoned the Gina Ford technique on our third attempt. Her answer would probably be "well, then he isn't ready," but at nearly 3 he should be (our health visitor agrees and, believe me I have devoted weeks to it pretty much full time). All following the Gina Ford method has achieved (apart from making us feel bad)is a power struggle and we are now having to back-track and try to undo some of the damage. No doubt it works well for some, but they're probably the kids who would be easy to potty train in any case.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It really works!
Great book had previously tried to potty train without success 3 times. Read this book and my son was dry on day 2 without me nagging to see if needed the toilet. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Julia Ensor
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not a brilliant book but
It's not a brilliant book but, after a couple of abortive attempts, I loosely followed this book and it worked. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Mrs. C. A. Tryfona
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing. Not quite 7 days, 10 but hey who's counting
Published 1 month ago by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I was going to wait until my daughter told me she didn't want to wear nappies anymore. Then I stumbled across this book and thought id give it a go as have nothing to loose. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mum of 2 1/2 year old.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful book.
Published 1 month ago by NataDrng
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book.
I used this to potty train my 2.5 year old son. It worked really well although 4 weeks on we do still have a few accidents every now and then but I am sure this is to be expected. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Georgina Barber-Vega
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and it worked for my Granddaughter!
Published 2 months ago by smarti.49
4.0 out of 5 stars More like 2 days
Firstly, let me say I'm not a fan of Gina Ford. I found her Contented Little Baby book overbearing and borderline ridiculous, and know many women who ended up in tears trying to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Diana Steinway
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good reading and will be using it on my granson very soon
Published 2 months ago by cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for my 2 year old son
Excellent points. Followed the process and my 2 year old was clean in 5 days. He has also been dry at night but as yet im still using a nappy.
Published 2 months ago by granty
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