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Infant Potty Training: A Gentle and Primevel Method Adapted to Modern Living Paperback – 7 Jan 2008
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
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.
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!
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.