- Paperback: 492 pages
- Publisher: Colin White & Laurie Boucke; 2 edition (April 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888580240
- ISBN-13: 978-1888580242
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,116,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primeval Method Adapted to Modern Living Paperback – 1 Apr 2002
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Encouraging, thorough and inspiring, my favourite part is the detailed section on babies' signals and cues to watch for. This book taught me how to read and respond to my baby. She was fractious until we learned how to help her stay dry, and now she is much more content. Plus it's fun doing this with her and she enjoys it. There are lots of helpful testimonials by parents who have used infant potty training with one or more children. The cross-cultural reports by doctors and anthropologists are fascinating too. I also have Laurie Boucke's Potty Whispering DVD and recommend it too.
Part 1 has a chapter on how to get started with infants; one on how to get started with older babies; one about baby signals including descriptions, sketches and photos; and a review of medical research. It offers a lot of practical advice for handling challenges that may arise such as a potty pause, and lists of tips for different situations and ages. It discusses the environmental benefits, and dispels myths that many of us encounter.
Parts 2 and 3 contain detailed testimonials by parents from different countries, including one about a family with twins. These are inspirational and supportive.
Part 4 is about cross-cultural studies, with anthropological reports from many different cultures. In my experience, no other book of this genre comes close to the wealth of material in this section.
Throughout, the graphics are most helpful, showing many different positions, types of equipment and potty places to keep children interested. Compared to other books, this one has many more photos plus they are large and clear.
The word Training in the title concerned me before I read the book, but after reading the explanation it no longer bothers me: "The word training is used in the positive sense of a loving exchange between mother and baby and should never be misconstrued in the negative sense of pressure, rigidity and coercion." This spirit of parent-child cooperation is encouraged in different ways including the section about the no-nos (for example, no punishing, no negativity).
In short, it's a classic well worth reading.
Contains interesting studies from all over the world.
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I first read this book when I was pregnant, and it was this book that made me decide to give it a try. I'd never seen or knew anyone who practiced this, but this book gave me the resources I needed to feel confident enough to try it! It covers how to hold the baby in many positions - and with pictures which I found essential! It went over signals and cues with great detail, including the different stages babies go through and how those signals and patterns change. Knowing what to expect really helped me make it through all the different stages my baby went through. It really is all about communicating with the baby, and what a fantastic journey this has been for our family.
This book aslo has testimonials and stories from around the world and in the US, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Every child is different, even in the same family, and its great to see the many ways this method can be adapted for each child! It can be done with or without diapers, part-time or full-time, with support from your family or without. Just having the option to respond to this need, and teach a baby that a diaper isn't the only place to go has been a very positive part of bonding with my baby.
Thank you Laurie for writing such a comprehensive book for people who have never heard of the method to learn all they can! The DVD Potty Whispering is also a fantastic additional resource, I highly recommend it as well as this great book!
We noticed other parents seem to try to train their babies to go in their diapers, and wonder if this really is why child-led pottying tends to happen so late. Boucke's cross-cultural information is great to read, as is her historical overview of child care advice with respect to elimination and pottying.
The New York Times article and follow-on media coverage has helped move this from the fringe towards the middle. I expect to see this become part of the attachment parenting package over the next decade. It has made cloth diapering (as backup) doable; I don't think I would have been willing to deal with cloth diapers otherwise. Either way, reducing the amount of time a baby is in diapers seems to be in everyone's (the environment, the parents, the infant) best interest. But that isn't why we're doing it; we're doing it because our baby is in a better mood when he's not sitting in it, trying to get us to change him.
We highly recommend this book. It's refreshing not to feel helpless with something as simple and natural as potty training.