People have used different methods of potty training since the beginning of time. From Elimination Communication, through Two-Day Training, to a Dr. Spock-oriented long process approach, parents have adapted their methods of potty training in order to fit the needs of their children and the lifestyle they are living. In this book you will find a step-by-step explanation of each of these methods, how they can be practiced in daily living, as well as in-depth details to help you determine which method is best for you and your child.
Whether your child is developing on a typical schedule or has special needs, this book will guide you down a successful path to potty training. Included in explaining a variety of approaches, this book provides lists of products to help you in potty training, suggestions for supplies to take with you, and real stories from real parents about each of the methods included. Just as children develop skills at their own pace, potty training must be individualized to meet the needs of the child and parent.
As you consider each approach, it is important to remember that Rome was not built in a day, the Constitution was not written in a day, and your entire potty-training process will also not likely happen in one day either. Even if you find yourself choosing a Baby Boot Camp style of potty training in the actual practice, you will still need to spend ample time preparing yourself and your child before you take action. Knowing this, take a step back, take a deep breath, and relax. You will do fine, and your child will be potty trained. It is important for you to take a stress-free attitude into your child's potty-training experience. By maintaining low expectations in the beginning and admitting that you and your child are only human, you are allowing yourself to be pleasantly surprised by the results without unnecessary pressure on you or your child.
In addition to maintaining this relaxed mindset, you should also consider potty training as an opportunity to have a hands-on experiencing in teaching your child an important developmental lesson. In many ways potty training serves as a building block for future lessons of independence and control, and you will be helping your child establish this important foundation for upcoming stages of development. You will be working with your child through laughter and tears, frustration and joy (for you and him), and the final result will be an accomplishment you achieve together. Potty training, like his first step, his first word, and his first smile, is a monumental experience in your child's life, and you will be with him every step of the way.