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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; New Ed edition (6 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091912733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091912734
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.3 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Perfect for any nappy-clinging parent" (She)

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The one-stop guide to contented potty training from bestselling parenting author, Gina Ford

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I bought this book when my daughter was 2, and I felt under pressure (from other mums) to start potty training. Using Gina Ford's easy to understand criteria, it was clear that she was no where near ready to potty train. When she was 2 and a quarter we looked at the book again and I gave it a go. In 3 days we were both totally stressed out and I decided it was time to go back to nappies. 6 weeks ago (aged 2yrs 9 months), she fulfilled all the criteria - following the instructions in the book she was completey dry in 4 days (has had two accidents since then) and completely clean in 3 weeks. This book does work BUT it's crucial to follow Gina Ford's guidance on "readiness" (can they tell wet from dry, can they dress and undress themselves without your help, can they follow simple instructions). If your child isn't ready, it will take much longer than a week.... oh, and YOU have to be ready too!!!!!!
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This is a review of this book which I now hate and also advice to any parents who have no idea where to start with potty training or who are buying this book because they are struggling.

Ok so having had two completely opposite experiences with potty training with both a boy and a girl I felt compelled to write a review for this book. I bought this book 2 1/2 years ago when I began training my now 4 1/2 year old daughter. She took to potty training really easily at first and was dry at night before she was dry during the day. Then about 6 months in came a bout of constipation followed by holding her poos in and 2 1/2 years later, lots of tears and paediatrician appointments she is only now potty trained. I can honestly say without hesitation that if you have a child struggling with potty training, this book will make it worse, put lots of pressure on you, and make you feel like you are doing something wrong. A child will be potty trained when they are ready and at no other time. I could have offered my daughter the mooon on a stick but she was terrified of going to the toilet. I followed a lot of the advice over what to do in these situations and it made no difference to her. She ended up so impacted she has spent the last two years on laxatives to try and put things right.

When it came to potty training my son we decided to take a completely different approach and ditch anything I have ever read from Gina Ford. I didn't do anything. I didn't use pull ups, that's the only thing I agree with. They don't work in my opinion. I reminded him every now and then, didn't use reward charts, didn't plan it with military precision like some kind of crazy person. He is happy with a kiss and a high 5 and is clean, dry day and night after 3 weeks. No pressure, no stress.
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I was at my wits end about potty training. My son was 3yrs old and was not at all interested in the potty. I tried all the tips the Health Visitor gave me, leave the potty for him to get used to, don't pressure him, let him do it in his own time. That's all very well, but when your son is about to start Pre-School and they won't accept him unless he is clean, you start to panic. And i did ! Then i happened to spot a book in a leaflet "Potty Training In One Week by Gina Ford". I was sceptical but desperate to try anything that might possibly work. I read the book in the evening when the children were in bed, and then resolved to embark on Stage Two the following day. That was a week ago now. And at the end of day two we had no accidents and he was fully clean during the day. And as from day five he is now dry at night time. I am amazed with this book and would strongly recommend anyone to try it. In fact, I think this book should be given out by all Health Visitors and available on the NHS !!!! Thank You Gina Ford you have made a stressed out mum in Swindon a very happy, proud and contented one.
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Yes, I tried her method to toilet train my son (nearly three) on the potty. And it ended in tears for both of us. I know many mothers worship Ms Ford but I found her approach inflexible, prescriptive and unrealistic. I did my best to follow her advice to the letter but it involved putting the two of us under house arrest and no amount of bribery, love or encouragement would persuade my son to even sit on that potty. In the end he was running away from it like a scalded cat. What angers me about the Ford approach to this and all other aspects of child care is that she presents her advice as fool-proof: that means that when you fail, naturally, you feel like a fool. What is the point of a parenting manual whose strictness actually works against a mother's intuition, de-skilling her and making her mistrust her own judgement?
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I found this book too perscriptive - fine if it worked but I found that my daughter "fell off the wagon" on day 1 and there was little advice as to what to do if things didn't go according to Gina's plan. It has some good ideas (like the star chart, guidelines to when they are ready for training) but I feel that it can put too much pressure on you as a parent. She suggests on day 1 to sit your child on the potty every 15 mins for 5 to 10 minutes at a go - you would need a very placid child to go along with this! My daughter just about got the idea at 31 months but it was still hit and miss and it was just before her third birthday when the penny dropped (or her bladder was ready!) and we cracked it. If you need advice - use a search engine - there is plenty of good advice for free on the net so save your money!
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