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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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Product details

  • 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 (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528 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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301 of 303 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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3 of 3 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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145 of 162 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What!!!! 13 Jan 2014
By Hotshot
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Oh my goodness, what a terrible idea. To stay in all week and take your child to the potty every 30 mins. My poor child on day 3 was in a state and so was I. In the end my child potty trained himself when HE was ready. You can NEVER force a child to use the potty. Gina Ford..... please
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good advice, but didn't work for my son 28 Dec 2005
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I bought this book, did everything it said, started training when it said i should, and it didn't work. That was approx 2 months ago and my son is still not clean.
Please don't misunderstand - i think the advice given in this book is good, and the book is written in a easy to read style. However i just thought i would point out that it doesn't always work 'in a week'.
Hence three stars for the good (but unsuccessful) advice.
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155 of 180 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Discontented Big Mother 12 April 2006
By Cath
Yes, I tried her method to toilet train my son (nearly three) on the potty. And it ended in tears for both of us. I know many mothers worship Ms Ford but I found her approach inflexible, prescriptive and unrealistic. I did my best to follow her advice to the letter but it involved putting the two of us under house arrest and no amount of bribery, love or encouragement would persuade my son to even sit on that potty. In the end he was running away from it like a scalded cat. What angers me about the Ford approach to this and all other aspects of child care is that she presents her advice as fool-proof: that means that when you fail, naturally, you feel like a fool. What is the point of a parenting manual whose strictness actually works against a mother's intuition, de-skilling her and making her mistrust her own judgement?
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I was all ready to give up on potty training my 30 month old daughter. I had tried everything ( singing potty, floating toys, colouring water!!) then I saw this book in ASDA one night and at less than 4 I thought it was worth a go. Fantastic!!! It really does what the title says, she was potty trained within the week. The first two days are where the hard work comes in but by day three you start to see light at the end of a long tunnel and the happiness my daughter and I felt was amazing. The good thing about this book is that you have something to refer to, I never felt like I didn't know what I was doing as I had the book and it gave me the confidence to carry on. I highly recommend this book and only wish I had found it earlier!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 7 days ago by Georgina Barber-Vega
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and it worked for my Granddaughter!
Published 10 days 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 13 days 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 29 days 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 29 days ago by granty
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely recommend this book
Very very helpful used this with both my children. It worked a treat. Definitely recommend this book.
Published 29 days ago by Sandro
4.0 out of 5 stars potty training
Was a great,informative book..my son isn't ready yet for his potty,but i got a few pointers on what to look for.im not in the dark anymore..
Published 1 month ago by sim
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book so far
Have only got halfway through this book so far but it is very interesting and informative. I really believe that it will work as long as my son is showing all the right signs... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hayley
5.0 out of 5 stars simple & instructive
I read this very quickly after my daughter started to show signs of being prepared for potty training. I found it very simple and instructive. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tappers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great little book. Like the examples of peoples experiences of things going wrong. Picked up lots of tips.
Published 1 month ago by Miss L J Amato
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