My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars – Genre: Parenting, Potty Training, – N. of Pages: 294
Why I decided to read this book:
My daughter is turning 2 in 6 days, and I feel its time we take on this next step. However, I know absolutely nothing about potty training, so I decided to research different methods, and this book continuously came up. It is definitely a book that is more suited to my personality, rather than a formal potty training book.
My review of the book:
‘Oh Crap! Potty Training’ is a very, very easy read, which is perfect for this topic. No mom wants to sit for weeks reading an overly detailed and complex book about potty training. Glowacki breaks down each stage of the potty training process and provides helpful tips if things go wrong. Many of the advice and steps she describes make a lot of sense, and I will absolutely follow her method when beginning this next stage of my daughter’s life (hopefully before the end of August). Also, although there are 20 chapters in this book, Glowacki advises all her readers not to read past Chapter 5 until potty training has begun. After Chapter 5, she helps parents overcome any challenges they are having with the potty training method. These chapters are based on common questions she gets from her clients.
My daughter has had issues with constipation and holding in her poop, so I knew that I needed to skip to chapter 10 and read the section on poop. As well, my daughter is in daycare part-time, so I wanted to read the chapter on how to approach daycare during potty training, which is Chapter 12. Lastly, my daughter can be well… spirited… to put it lightly. She can be stubborn and has recently begun to have crying fits over the smallest thing. I know that it will become a more significant issue during potty training, so I also read Chapter 13 Behiavour vs Potty Training that speaks precisely to this. Everything she wrote was constructive and made me feel much more prepared for potty training.
There are also a few things I didn’t like about this book. First off, Glowacki repeats herself A LOT, and I mean A LOT. Sometimes I would be reading a paragraph, and it felt like I had already read that same paragraph in every other chapter (like the exact same paragraph). This happened numerous times, and I got a bit annoyed by it. I am sure there is a reason for it, but, personally, it bothered me. I also do feel this book could have been summed up in far fewer pages. It seemed to become a bit redundant after a while. However, this does not take away from her method to potty training because I am convinced she knows what she is talking about, and I will surely use this method.
Things I learned from this book:
I found the first six chapters really helped me understand how to prepare for potty training and how to make it a success for my daughter. She was very explicit about what needs to happen in the house and how parents are to act throughout the first couple of days. I knew I would need to be home initially, but I didn’t realize how important it was until she laid out all the reasons why. I also know it is important to begin talking about this upcoming change to my daughter before potty training begins. For example, saying things like, “We’re almost done your diapers, you will be using the potty soon.” This allows your toddler to begin to register what is going on in a couple of days. I found her first six chapters to be very informative.
As I mentioned, pooping has been a bit of an issue for my daughter. This has been an issue since she was four months old. She has frequent constipation episodes, and sometimes we have had to use kid suppository’s to help her, which is so hard! So naturally, I am a bit concerned about how the poop in potty training will go. After reading Chapter 10, I do feel more prepared for what could go wrong and less anxious about how she will overcome this.
Chapter 12 was also beneficial because sometimes daycares are not interested in helping with the potty training process, and sometimes the daycare is entirely on board. She goes over what to do in almost any daycare situation and how to handle this obstacle. Glowacki explains how to deal with daycares who are not willing to follow the potty training plan. Luckily, after speaking with my daughter’s daycare, it sounds like they are completely on board!
Chapter 13 went into some behavioural obstacles you may encounter, depending on your toddler’s attitude. I found this helpful because I am finding as my daughter gets older, she is becoming more stubborn, and despite my efforts, this doesn’t seem to be going away. This chapter helped ease my anxiety on the behaviour topic and helped me understand how to try and overcome her reluctancy.
Overall I think this book is a great read for moms who are getting ready to potty train their toddlers. It is a quick and easy read that will help ease potty training anxiety. Her method is proven to be effective and successful. She has been doing this type of work for many many years, and I would definitely consider her an expert.
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