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Potty Training doesn't have to be complicated and neither
should a resource that explains it.  for Toddlers looks to developmental
readiness cues of children as the starting point of potty training.
Readiness is a primary prerequisite for successful training.  Join
Pediatrician Robert Bucknam, M.D. and co-author Gary Ezzo, M.A. and the 6
million homes that have found great success with their concepts as they
bring simplicity and common sense to a topic that otherwise can bring
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the growing community in all 50 states and all around the world that
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Reviews for On Becoming Pottywise for Toddlers: A Developmental Readiness Approach to Potty Training:

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Jun 17, 2017

I only found two pieces of information to be helpful in this book—using a stuffed animal or doll to demonstrate the steps of potty training at the very beginning and only giving rewards for "staying clean and dry," rather than just for peeing in the potty. This prevents you from creating a potty monster who puts two drops in the potty and then demands candy.

Honestly, the book you want to read if you want to potty train well is Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki. Pottywise just doesn't I only found two pieces of information to be helpful in this book—using a stuffed animal or doll to demonstrate the steps of potty training at the very beginning and only giving rewards for "staying clean and dry," rather than just for peeing in the potty. This prevents you from creating a potty monster who puts two drops in the potty and then demands candy.

Honestly, the book you want to read if you want to potty train well is Oh Crap! Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki. Pottywise just doesn't offer enough practical help and troubleshooting advice. ...more
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Jun 09, 2008

LOVED this book. It is very short, so it is quick to read over and make notes on how to go about potty training. It uses the same concept as other books, but for some reason this worked better for Courtney and I. It has only been three days, but she is basically trained except for nights. It went a lot quicker than I thought and I would recommend this book to anyone trying to potty train. I still think it totally depends on the kid, but this a good place to start.
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Feb 07, 2012

On Becoming Potty Wise for Toddlers is a short, simple, straight to the point guide on potty training. It provides easy to follow, step by step instructions that is based on a positive reinforcement philosophy and that depends on an intensive 1-3 day training session.

There are 7 chapters with a preface, an epilogue and an appendix. The preface clearly states that this book replicates the contents of Ezzo’s Potty Training 1-2-3. The authors created this book as a complement to their “On Becoming” On Becoming Potty Wise for Toddlers is a short, simple, straight to the point guide on potty training. It provides easy to follow, step by step instructions that is based on a positive reinforcement philosophy and that depends on an intensive 1-3 day training session.

There are 7 chapters with a preface, an epilogue and an appendix. The preface clearly states that this book replicates the contents of Ezzo’s Potty Training 1-2-3. The authors created this book as a complement to their “On Becoming” series. I have not read Potty Training 1-2-3, but given that the authors clearly state that the content is the same, I won’t waste my time with redundant material. Conversely, if you have already read Potty Training 1-2-3, then this book may be a waste of your time.

The first chapter explains readiness. The authors take the approach that you should potty train your child when he or she is ready, which is the standard approach in the U.S. As an Asian-American who is well-aware of the elimination communication practices in Asia, I found the first chapter to be illuminating as to the various developmental stages that children go through as they age from birth and through their toddler years. And, it helped me understand the merits of waiting until the child is ready.

The meat of the book comes in Chapter 4. There, the authors provide a step by step instruction on potty training. Basically, start with a demonstration using a doll or stuffed animal. Use lots of liquids and foods to create thirst so that there will be an output. Then, put your child in underwear and reward your child for being dry and clean. And, obviously, put your child on the potty regularly and reward for output.

I thought the most informative piece of information in this book was the emphasis on staying dry and clean. Other potty training books and guides that I have read completely ignore this point. If anything, they only discuss rewards or praise for peeing or pooping in the potty. This is true, and this book doesn’t ignore that point, but the ultimate goal is staying dry and clean.

The remaining chapters discusses common problems, pitfalls, and questions. The epilogue is a quick summary of the main points of the book.

Lastly, the appendix appears to be an excerpted chapter from On Becoming Toddlerwise. It has nothing to do with potty training, but rather, it is about creating routine and structure in your toddler’s life.

Overall, I thought this book was easy, quick, and fun to read. It got straight to the point and provided a clear set of instructions. Although this book does acknowledge that one size does not fit all, it only gives us just one set of instructions to follow. I happen to like this because I want to know what I should do. Given too many options and being told every way can be the right way, I am left lost as to what to do and am no better off than before I started the process. ...more
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Jan 06, 2010

A quick, easy to read reference book for potty-training your kids. The biggest take home message is "praise your child for being clean and dry".
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Mar 17, 2014

Just like any book of this kind. It's got some good stuff that you take and some other stuff that you leave. I do recommend it as one to add to your stack of potty training books.
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Apr 06, 2009

I picked up some good pointers from this book. We'll see how well they work when the process begins! :)
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Jan 10, 2012

I'll give it the number of stars that it deserves after I actually try it. I HOPE I'll be giving it 5 stars. : )
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Jan 29, 2008

I'm still reading it. So far, it's been helpful to explain WHEN Elijah might be ready to start potty training.
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Aug 08, 2010

I felt like this book gave a few helpful hints, but I would have liked more details. For me, the most helpful advice in the book was to reward my daughter for "staying clean and dry" rather than just for going on the potty.
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Aug 30, 2010

With a grain of salt...

So I gave up on this one after I started reading anecdotes about children being potty-trained in 1 day and about needing to use a doll. The first seems like it's not going to happen in my house, and the second is just not how I roll. Oh well...
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Jul 25, 2009

I really like this author and have loved his other books so when it came time to think about potty-training I started with his book. Easy, quick read. Straight-forward approach. I'll see if it works and may change my verdict on the book. lol
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Aug 05, 2013

Very basic potty training guide. I thought it gave some good common sense advice, and would be a helpful read for anyone potty training for the first time. They did, however, failed to mention many of the problems I personally encountered, which is why I'm only giving it 3 stars.
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Jun 25, 2010

This book basically says what most potty training books say, with a few exceptions. Actually, there were serveral helpful tips that weren't in other books and it was easy to skim. I will be using several methods from it.
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Jul 31, 2016

Kind of lame. Not very detailed or helpful. Suggests starting with BMs which is interesting, but you'd prob have to keep using diapers to do it. A lot of this is unclear. It seems a lot like the Azrin and Foxx book.
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Jan 23, 2013

It's been almost 7 years since I last read this, so it was a great refresher! And we were able to put it to use right away - got one twin pottytrained in a day. Other one isn't quite ready, but it's progress in the right direction!
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Jun 24, 2015

Very helpful. I like the blend of science and nurturing. From my reading, I believe that my two-year-old isn't quite ready yet. I can't wait to start the process this book lays out, to see how quickly and easily my daughter transitions from diapers to potty.
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Apr 06, 2009

I really liked how this book presented the task of potty training. It explained things from the physical changes a child goes through, techniques you can apply, being prepared yourself as the mother, and the signs of when your child is ready. It actually got me excited for potty training! I think it provided a lot of great information that made me feel confident and comfortable with the idea of potty training. Read it! So far things have gone well with my son!
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Jul 01, 2013

I am so happy I chose to read this book! The idea of potty training my son has been so daunting and I have had no confidence whatsoever. But while reading this book, I was so pleased to discover that the methods discussed really make sense to me and feel right for my situation. Also, it seems simple and not so scary anymore! I'm so glad to be armed with this method and information to prepare to begin training my son. I'm confident it will work!
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Aug 21, 2016

There were some basic sentence structure errors and spelling mistakes that popped up here and there. Mostly I found the book was based on part medical advice, part basic common understanding of toddlers and what motivates them. One thing I did not understand was that the book references how the "normal" age at which children potty train is "so and so months old". It is very hard to say what "normal" is when it comes to children. In the end, I saw pieces of the book I wanted to use in my own There were some basic sentence structure errors and spelling mistakes that popped up here and there. Mostly I found the book was based on part medical advice, part basic common understanding of toddlers and what motivates them. One thing I did not understand was that the book references how the "normal" age at which children potty train is "so and so months old". It is very hard to say what "normal" is when it comes to children. In the end, I saw pieces of the book I wanted to use in my own home, and some I would forget about. ...more
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Jun 12, 2011

I used this book to potty train my 2 year old daughter this week. The method proved to be successful- yay! We took one full day to use the doll on the potty, give rewards for staying dry, etc. and she was pretty much trained after that first day. So I'm very grateful for the points and advice of this short book. It seems to me though, that there could have been much more detail and practical advice included. Half the book is supplemental info, like structuring your toddler's day, that has I used this book to potty train my 2 year old daughter this week. The method proved to be successful- yay! We took one full day to use the doll on the potty, give rewards for staying dry, etc. and she was pretty much trained after that first day. So I'm very grateful for the points and advice of this short book. It seems to me though, that there could have been much more detail and practical advice included. Half the book is supplemental info, like structuring your toddler's day, that has nothing to do with potty training. I felt like I was left hanging as far as knowing specifics, but it was a great resource. ...more
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Jan 16, 2016

Again, I'm on a baby/toddler/pottywise kick. I liked this approach to potty training. The book was a little wordy and repetitive, but I thought the principles presented were good. I liked that they talked about rewarding your child for staying clean and dry, not just for using the bathroom. They also gave several approaches ranging from training in just a few days to a more relaxed approach of training over the coarse of several weeks. They did emphasize that once you start it's best to be Again, I'm on a baby/toddler/pottywise kick. I liked this approach to potty training. The book was a little wordy and repetitive, but I thought the principles presented were good. I liked that they talked about rewarding your child for staying clean and dry, not just for using the bathroom. They also gave several approaches ranging from training in just a few days to a more relaxed approach of training over the coarse of several weeks. They did emphasize that once you start it's best to be consistent and stick with it. Don't waffle back and forth between diapers and underwear.

Basic Steps:
1. Clear your calendar for 1-4 days to give focused attention to potty training, minimizing unnecessary interruptions.
2. Create thirst through appropriate snacks.
3. Have plenty of fun liquids available.
4. Have your toddler offer a drink to the doll.
5. In a few minutes, ask your toddler to check the doll for dryness.
6. Have your toddler offer the doll a small treat for "staying dry."
7. Wait a few minutes, and then have her sit the doll on the potty and listen for the appropriate sound.
8. Show her how to clean up.
9. Wait a few minutes and then ask your toddler to check herself for dryness.
10. Offer her a reward for staying dry and clean.
11. Have her sit on the potty while you hold a double treat in your hands.
12. When she goes, use praise and rewards for "staying dry and clean."
13. Follow up during the next several days by asking, "Are your pants dry?" Give enthusiastic praise when they are and reward.

Use a potty schedule. Have your child sit on the potty at regular intervals; in the morning, after meals, before and after naps, and at bedtime. Don't ask her if she wants to sit. Simply tell her, "It's time to sit." This will help move her toward a consistent daytime routine that includes regular trips to the potty. ...more
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Mar 23, 2018

Informative

Fast read for when you know it is time to start potty training. I think it will be easy to follow.
1

Jun 26, 2018

I had high hopes for this book because I previously found On Becoming Babywise to be so helpful. But this book really fell short. Not very useful at all.
5

Sep 05, 2019

This is super helpful in deciphering certain cues to tell whether a child is ready to be potty trained. I found it insightful without being too restrictive.
4

Jan 23, 2019

This was a helpful read for getting started with the process. It’s perfect for anyone asking “Is my child ready?” or “Where do I begin?” So far the method and advice is proving to be helpful.

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