Potty Training For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, May 4, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 264 pages
If you could remember your own potty training, you’d probably recall a time filled with anxiety and glee, frustration and a sense of accomplishment, triumphal joy and shamed remorse. You’d remember wanting so much to make mommy and daddy happy, and at the same time to make them pay for being so darned unreasonable. And you’d recall feeling incredibly grown up once you got it right. Maybe if we could remember our own potty training, it wouldn’t be so tough when it came our turn to be the trainers. But as it is, most of us feel like we can use all the expert advice and guidance we can get.

Potty Training For Dummies is your total guide to the mother of all toddler challenges. Packed with painless solutions and lots of stress-reducing humor, it helps you help your little pooper make a smooth and trauma-free transition from diapers to potty. You’ll discover how to:

  • Read the signs that your tot is ready
  • Motivate your toddler to want to give up diapers
  • Kick off potty training on the right foot
  • Foster a team approach
  • Deal with setbacks and pee and poop pranks
  • Make potty training a loving game rather than a maddening ordeal

Mother and daughter team, Diane Stafford and Jennifer Shoquist, MD separate potty-training fact from fiction and tell you what to expect, what equipment you’ll need, and how to set the stage for the big event. They offer expert advice on how to:

  • Choose the right time
  • Use a doll to help model behavior
  • Say the right things the right way
  • Reinforce success with praise and rewards
  • Switch to training pants
  • Get support from relatives
  • Cope with special cases
  • Train kids with disabilities

And they offer this guarantee: “If your child is still in diapers when he makes the football team or gets her college degree, you can send him or her off to us for a weekend remedial course—and ask for a refund of the cost of this book.”


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Savvy Planning for Day Trips and Sleepovers
Cruising through car trips
Sailing through sleepovers
Part IV
Chapter 10
Keeping the Game Upbeat and Pleasant
Putting a lid on comparing
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Straying Off Message

Chapter 1
Starting PottyMambo Dance Class
Promising plenty of help
Keeping an Eye Out for Your Window of Opportunity
Noting her approach to the dance floor
Giving the Potty Mambo a Good Beat
Making Sure Everyone Enjoys the Big Dance
Toting an emergency kit
Knowing Your Place as Mentor
Covering the A B Cs of car trips
Benefiting from Others Cool Moves
Watching the Backslider Twist
Teaching a balker a brandnew dance
Giving Special Attention to Special Children with Disabilities
Chapter 2
Starring Role for Junior
Taking on the Coachs Job
Motivating your star
Educating yourself
Getting everyone with the program
Making Use of the Supporting Cast
Family members and friends
Chapter 3
Picking a Potty Chair
Choosing the right potty chair
Accessorizing the potty chair
Promoting chairbonding
Using Other Cool Tools
Kiddie books on potty training
Kiddie videos on potty training
Getting the Goods
Shopping together
Being ClothesConscious
Dressing your child for success
Part II
Chapter 4
Doing Covert Operations
Keeping tabs on pee and poo patterns
Zeroing in on facial signs and noises
Watching for Behavioral Changes
Putting things in their proper places
Finding signs of growing independence
Waiting for a cooperative stage
Detecting Physical Clues
Pottying cues
Walking running and following instructions
Noting Changes Directly Related to Potty Training
Taking an interest in his body products
Please change my diaper
Noting when your child knows the lingo
Chapter 5
Finding the Best Times
Making fall or winter work
Avoiding HighStress Times
Brainwashing Your Toddler in a Nice Way
Keeping Your Special Angels Quirks in Mind
Part III
Chapter 6
Modeling BigPeople Behavior
Letting him watch you use the toilet
Explaining the steps
Introducing All the Pieces
Practicing clothed pottysits
Setting the scene
Using buzzwords
Dropping diaper contents
Chapter 7
Kicking Off Mambo Weekend
A little planning goes a long way
Step 1
Step 2
Saying the right things the right way
Using her name
Telling you about her needs and her deeds
Getting the mood right
Dealing with the logistics
Giving pottyops all weekend
Step 3
Praising efforts and successes with stars
Working through successchart backlash
Step 4
Pulling up pullups
Making changes for night and day
Sticking with pants
Keeping the kids needs first
Giving kudos til it hurts
PostWeekend Protocols
Chapter 8
Reinforcing Success
Using charts and other enticements
Dealing with Accidents
Handling an accident in the moment
Looking for reasons
Modifying Your Own Behavior
Resisting the urge to tidy up
Handling the young and restless
Putting a lid on the sermons
Sideswiping snags
Switching to the Big Toilet
Chapter 9
Dealing with Daycare Issues
Giving all caregivers the page
Respecting Your Childs Modesty Quirks
Getting to the Bottom Line
Chapter 11
Getting Through to Busy Toddlers
Motivating with Pizzazz
Fielding Odd Behaviors
Chapter 12
Special PottyTraining Issues for Working Parents
Getting Support from Helpful Relatives
Tapping into experience
Going from Moms House to Dads House
Finding Outside Resources
Medical professionals
Support groups
Part V
Chapter 13
Expecting Setbacks
Recognizing your childs unique temperament
Taking physical limitations into account
Getting Back on Track
Practicing to avoid wet pants
Returning to training pants
Staying positive
Dealing with Your Toddlers Reactions to Accidents
Giving reassurance
Clearing up any confusion
Dealing with Your Own Reactions
Doctor Doctor Give Me the News
Translating the doctors tips into action
Chapter 14
Understanding the Differences between Night and Day
Defining the terms
Slipping up in daytime
Handling the Emotional Aspects
Reassuring your trainee
Staying positive yourself
Seeing a Doctor
Preparing to go
Expecting tests and treatments
Chapter 15
Scoping Out the Problem
Checking for physical causes
Trying a Few Options Before Handing Off the Baton
Putting your child in the drivers seat
Distancing yourself from the process
Letting her change her own clothes
Dealing with More Than One Trainee
Keeping those rewards coming
Keeping Your Relationship Fun and Healthy
Chapter 16
Tackling the Issue
Looking at the roots
Checking for constipation
Correcting constipation at home
Seeing a Doctor
Unloading the poop problem on your doctor
Looking at treatments
Treating Other Physical and Psychological Problems
Speculating about causes
Knowing what you can and cant do
Dealing at Daycare
Preventing Future Bouts
Chapter 17
Physical Issues
Understanding muscle control issues
Enhancing physical progress
Working with special gear
Emotional Differences
Coaching Techniques
Aiding and abetting her efforts
Handling a lack of interest
Part VI
Chapter 18
Sending Him to School Untrained
Handling a PottyMouth
He Wants to Go Back to Diapers
My Son Still Wets the Bed
Is Putting Him in Cool Undies a Good Incentive?
Refusing to Sit on the Potty Chair
One Twin is Dragging the Other One Down
Chapter 19
Softening the Setting
Jazzing Up the Challenge
Using Your Insider Knowledge
Applying Pottying Skills to Real Life
Letting Her Know Shell Succeed
Crowning Her a Potty Princess
Chapter 20
Hearing His Body Talk
Finding His Motivation
Making It Up as He Goes
Signaling When He Needs Help
Knowing When to Sit a Game Out
Chapter 21
Zipping Your Lips
Curbing Your Tidying Tendencies
Resisting the Desire to Compare Kids
Stopping the Steady Barrage of Bribes
Taking a LaidBack Approach
Laying Off the GuiltTripping

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About the author (2011)

Diane Stafford has written extensively on health issues.

Jennifer Shoquist, M.D., Stafford s daughter, is a family practice physician.

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