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.
Does it work? Yes. Does it work for every family? Probably not, but does any aspect of parenting? This book will give you a good indication of whether it's for you or not. It's my favourite book on the topic. My comments are about the 2008 version with colour photos. There are four parts.
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).