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Toilet Training in Less Than a Day [Mass Market Paperback]

Nathan H. Azrin
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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1 Sep 1989
Two noted learning specialists have developed this amazing new training method that--for the average child--requires less than four hours. And after that rewarding learning period, the child will be able to toilet himself without assistance or reminder!

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (1 Sep 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671693808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671693800
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,472 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We tried it today and it really does work! 11 May 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book arived today and I thought I'd give this technique a try on my almost 3 year old daughter who refused to entertain the idea of potty training.
We had nothing to lose and I'm glad we tried it because it really does work.
My daughter is very head strong and can be stubborn at the best of times. Our attempts to use the potty always ended in tantrums.
She started the initial training (taking the dolly to the potty) with ease. She loved it. As soon as she had taken the doll off the potty she sat down on the potty and passed urine immediately!
I gave her lots of praise and a small sweet snack and she soon caught on. She revelled in the praise, especially when we kept checking her pants to find they were still dry.
She started to become bored and frustrated at the stage of sitting still on the potty for 10 minutes as she didn't need to use it. The longest I could get her to sit for was around 1 minute. So we rejected the strict time guidelines in the book and just sat for as long as she wanted to so neither of us became frustrated. She was in control.
I don't think the method kicked in until she had her first accident though. She was playing when she wet herself and I said 'No!' sternly as the book outlines. She became upset so I sat down with her and let her know why I said 'no' and why wetting herself is not nice. She responded very well and when I said 'OK, lets practice' she responded even better. She immediately became elated and saw the potty run practice as playing a fun game. She kept saying, 'Again, again!'. She had lots of fun.
She enjoyed helping me to clean the mess and was really eager to go upstairs to find a change of underwear.
We continued the regular checks to see if she was still dry.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good outline but don't take it too seriously 8 Feb 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well does it work - I used it 3 days ago to train my 26 month old daughter. Day 1 we had 50% success; day 2 30% and today we hit the jackpot at 100%.
Did I apply it to the letter - No, it gives you a good outline in how to have a really intenstive start to potty training, and the concepts are good but I found it impossible to apply to the letter. My daughter did not respond in a text book manner, we would have had a lot of power struggles and made the experience very unpleasant for both of us if I had made her sit on the potty for the set times or not allowed her to do ANYTHING else but potty train - also some children frequency of urination means it takes longer. There is also nothing in it telling you what to do if it doesn't seem to be working (like yesterday) and in some ways it can be quite punitive for the child.
My recommendation for it is take the essence of what steps you need to get your child to learn but adopt a more positive/ less rigid approach - relax which is what we did today and long may it continue.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable! It actually works! 19 Sep 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am not one to ever write reviews like this, but we were so amazed at how quickly our son conquered toilet training following the advice given in this book. It may be emotionally draining at times, but stick to it word for word and turn what could have been a long and painful process into a much shorter and overwhelmingly satisfying experience for both parent and child. We have only had 1 accident in a week of starting. Buy it, stick to what it tells you and you will see for yourself.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Panacea 30 Jun 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a well-written concise complete guide to using conditioning to teach your toddler how to toilet him/herself.
Be aware of the authors' definition of "trained". They consider the child "trained" when he has, one time, walked to the potty unprompted and urinated or defecated there (proving that he has gotten the concept). If you were expecting a magic switch which would convert your child in three hours from diapers to totally accidentless underpants, think again.
This method requires tireless, complete singlemindedness on the part of the parent or trainer for "as long as it takes". The authors aren't kidding about turning off your phone, farming out your other kids, and generally becoming a hermit for the duration. Don't expect to do ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING else. Even trying to thoroughly clean up any accidents the child has may interfere with the training. Don't do as I did and expect a single day to be enough. Have the calendar ENTIRELY clear for at least two days.
If you have a generally compliant child, this method is likely to work very well for you. If you have an independent, spunky, or spirited child, this like everything else will take more work on your part. The authors' suggestions are not worse than any other ideas on potty training; just don't expect the rosy scenario they paint in the book. They gloss lightly over a few things, such as tantrums: "Don't allow your child's tantrum to interrupt the instruction." While theoretically possible, this requires more energy than that little sentence implies!
In my opinion the authors' best contributions to the process are: (1) emphasis is on dry pants rather than on "producing" something in the potty, and (2) while you're teaching, teach the child the ENTIRE process including emptying the potty into the toilet, flushing, and generally cleaning up after himself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nice idea but bit unrealistic
Published 2 months ago by Ms. T. J. Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Interesting
Am about to try the system.... fingers crossed it works, and if it does what it says then the docs are geniuses!!
Published 10 months ago by M. Stansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
brilliant. would definitely recommend it. worked like a charm. would ever do it any other way?? quick results whilst your child feels empowered.
Published 14 months ago by Gaelle Roche
1.0 out of 5 stars don't buy
I am sure there is probably a theory behind this book but note it was originally written in 1976 and refers to children as "retarded" if they do not learn to potty train at around... Read more
Published on 1 May 2012 by Bluedog
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book as it stands! Remember these people dont know your children!
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I bought this book as my mother said she had potty trained me in one day and my sister using an american book years ago. Read more
Published on 29 April 2012 by S. Coombes
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
Very detailed and helpful explanation of toilet training precudre. Useful for both professionals and parents, as it provides plenty of explanations on how to do apply the... Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2012 by K
3.0 out of 5 stars Toilet Training in Less Than a Day
Toilet Training in Less Than a Day was originally written in 1974. The traditional methods presented (and the language used throughout the book) shows this dating. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by Tami Brady
3.0 out of 5 stars It helped but we had a few puddles!
This certainly helped, but I think it took more than a day! I think my twins just thought it was funny to sit on the potty for 20 mins, stand up and have a wee!
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by FLB
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow and works!
The book is very easy to follow and has a useful section of F.A.Q. And yes it does work but you do need to stick with it and also make sure that your child is ready for it. Read more
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by Ms. L. J. Gass
2.0 out of 5 stars A poorly written book, but you can make their technique work
This book can be useful, but the advice given by the authors could take just several pages instead of this whole book. Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2009 by Indigo22
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