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Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primevel Method Adapted to Modern Living Paperback – 7 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Colin White & Laurie Boucke; 3 edition (7 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888580305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888580303
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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A well-researched, warm, and very helpful book.

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.

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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).

In short, it's a classic well worth reading.
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This is a great for anyone who already follows the method as well as anyone who consider it. It is full of information, good tips and reassurance.
Contains interesting studies from all over the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, long-winded book. 29 Jan. 2016
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It's a great concept, and has somewhat worked in theory. We haven't been as disciplined as we could have been if we were home more often or able to focus. Our son definitely is more familiar with the potty than his counterparts his age, and will sometimes use it more often than others. He does want privacy though, and we haven't gotten him his own little potty, so he's hesitant to go on the larger ones.

Our only gripe is that the book is super-repetitive. Pretty much the entire book's message could have been summarized in two chapters. And there are a ton of unnecessary testimonials inside. We get it, it works, get to the point!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Implement 4 April 2016
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From birth, our daughter (now 6 months) has been unusually upset by wet diapers. We've had her primarily in cloth from 2 weeks, but even in disposables she goes from fussy to irate screaming in a matter of minutes if she's not changed. We've noticed that she'll often start fussing when she isn't wet, for no apparent reason, and she'll be wet within 10 minutes (cue screamfest).

She sounded like an ideal candidate for EC, so I ordered this book and a potty chair and started using the techniques yesterday afternoon. She used the potty chair 4 times the first day and 3 times today! And she seems more relaxed in between. Our goal is not to have a "diaper free" baby, but I am encouraged that we can learn to understand when she is telling us she needs to go, and offer her opportunities to go that can mimimize the time she spends in a wet diaper (before we leave to run errands, before a nap or bedtime, etc.).

I'd give 5 stars for the book's techniques, and 3 for the way it is organized. The book repeats itself A LOT and the order of the chapters and sections does not entirely make sense to me. The photos are very helpful (though again, do not always appear in logical places). Overall, I'm pleased with the purchase and would recommend to others who are interested in EC.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great techniques and information. 14 Nov. 2013
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It is amazing what we have forgotten over time and through commercialization of diapers. It really works to shorten the time of potty training. Your child will be able to tell or signal you they need to go even if they cannot undress themselves. I felt it made it much easier in cleanup, because usually you would get number two in the toilet, and not in the diaper. We also started right after birth. The big caveat is that it does take time and you need the support of everyone involved who takes care of your child. If the day care people don't care then you can't expect you child to care either. It has quite a bit of upfront cost in time, but the sooner you start the sooner you finish and move on to better things. We bought this book as well as the Diaper Free book. Both are good sources of information.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing concept, I recommend all parents to try 20 Aug. 2010
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This is an amazing concept, I highly recommend that any parent try it. Basically babies, from birth, are aware of going pee or poo. After months to a year of ignoring their cues that they have to go pee/poo, they stop signaling to us (this is what happens if you just leave them in their diapers). So, if you pay attention and "communicate" with your child from the time they are young, they will keep this awareness of pee/poo. I have 2 kids and practiced EC with both of them, and they ABSOLUTELY were aware of when they had to pee/poo! Most of the times, parents assume that when a baby squirms or fusses that it is hungry, tired, or wet/dirty diaper. They forget to add into that list "needs to go pee/poo" (before the wet/dirty diaper). If you continue communicating with your child about when they pee/poo, there is really never a "potty training" period that most people in the US think of -- the child simply grows up going in the potty/toilet, and this is what they know and like and prefer. It really is just a completely different approach compared to waiting until your child is 3 years old to teach them to go in the toilet!

Many other countries practice this as a normal part of raising a child.

Usually I tell my friends to try it as long as they know they will be either "neutral" or "positive" in their reactions to the baby. Never have a negative or stressed out or frustrated reaction (if you don't get a pee or poo in the toilet). I simply say the cue word "go potty" and make the "ssssshhhhh" noise when (1) I think they need to go, or (2) when they are already going (even if not in the toilet). This reinforces the cue word and the sound associated with going to the bathroom. You can also do what works for you -- if you can't EC 100% of the time, just do it when you can (like if you do not stay home with kids, just do it in morning and at night). Any amount of communicating you do will help keep your baby aware of when they pee/poo. Read this book and also look at her website, it has tons of information on it, too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely LOVE this book 29 Oct. 2014
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I absolutely LOVE this book. I read so many reviews of this and other infant potty training books. There were some critical reviews on here, so I was prepared to take it or leave it. But instead I love it! The author is very balanced, explains things well, and the book is at least half case studies provided by moms. I also enjoyed the summaries of what other cultures do all over the world. Well-researched, easy to read. I got so much out of this book and will probably recommend it to every pregnant friend I have from here on.
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