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Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day

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A fun, easy-to-use guide to potty training any child in just ONE DAY.

Just think, from the time babies are born until they are toilet trained, they use an average of 4,000 diapers! Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day is the helpful guide you've been waiting for to get your child out of diapers and turn the potentially terrifying process of toilet training into an effecti
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by Touchstone (first published May 23rd 2006)
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Jan 09, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying that as a first time mother, the thought of potty training my 2 1/2 year old son has been terrifying. Yes, I have read several different techniques and pointers about it but still didn't have a whole lot of confidence about how to get started and was afraid of having the process drag on for months with lots of accidents. After reading this book, I could not wait to get started! I had an actual step by step plan that included a "script" somewhat of what to say. Not only th ...more
Jan 29, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing
a friend recommended this book and i thought "sure, why not." i didn't have any idea of how i was going to potty train lucy, and worse case, i was only out a day if it didn't work. that was my first under-judgment. this took several days to get set up and organized. next, the day of is exhausting! at the end of the day i was beginning to lose faith. lucy was still having more accidents than not. so, i put her in a pull-up and thought "oh well, it was worth a shot", but surprise! the next morning ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Skye rated it it was amazing
Wish I would've been given this book before my other two. I like the theory behind it and crossing my fingers it saves me from this horrible task! I don't honestly believe it will only take one day, but the process seems to be a good one! I think parents need to be handed certain books when they receive their first child....Ferber sleep method book, baby wise, this one, and love & logic!
Jul 02, 2012 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Could have been shorter - seemed like one idea drawn out over a bunch of pages. In drawing it out, could have included more concrete examples rather than repetition. But, it was persuasive enough to get me to give it a try. We'll see how it goes...
Mar 22, 2009 Jody rated it really liked it
Well, I think it is obvious why I read this one! I'm desperate for Paul to be potty trained. I've tried everything I could think of or heard about. Suwi recommend this one to me, and it offers an interesting concept: make it really fun. Basically the premise is to make a day of it, make a party of it, and the kid will follow! The book/author details the requirements of the day, and lends a multitude of theme ideas for the day. (I'm leaning toward a camping one.) A key part is starting the day wh ...more
Jul 28, 2008 Karen rated it it was ok
Yeah, well, we'll see. I've been told explicitly that Fella does not like the potty and that he likes his diapers. Meanwhile, his baby sister is training herself. Girls are so smart! Boys are so gross!

Oh, I hate the tone of this book and I hate the font. I also hate the stupid page breaks--there are three boxes on each two-page spread, each with their own icon so you can distinguish "Celebrity Scoop" from "Did you know?" "Experts Say," and "You can say that again!"

One break cites a "celeb
Jan 27, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents
Recommended to Andrea by: parents
Jumping in again. This will not be a fun read, I'm sure, but it is next on my stack of books from the library. They are all in order of due date. Better get truckin'. The latest due date is 2/6 and there are 5 or more books in the stack.
1/23/08 Through page 70 and this book is not just about potty training. It offers important information about parenting in general. There are fun quotes from celebrities, grandmothers, and other moms. There are fun (could it be possible) facts about the toilet an
Teri Crane
Oct 07, 2008 Teri Crane rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone fighting the potty battles
Recommended to Teri by: Men's Health Magazine (Sept. Issue)
Men’s Health Magazine (Sept. 'o8 issue) recommends Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro by Teri Crane. My husband picked us up a copy after reading the article. IT REALLY WORKS!!

Moms like me who are fighting the potty battle need straight answers fast, so this book was perfect. What I love was the book is divided into chapters that don't always go deep, but "do" go wide--covering a mirad of topics with lots a great information not covered in all the other pott
Shawn E.
Sep 04, 2013 Shawn E. rated it really liked it
this book was a great help. However, the volume of the book was a little overwhelming considering potty training seems so time sensitive. I paired my reading of this book with Narmin Parpia's version. I would compare the tips and then apply them to the stage of potty training we were in. I highly recommend reading this book before it is time to start potty training. Once your child has shown signs of potty training you will not feel like taking time to read this book. Read this book before hand ...more
Aug 13, 2011 Jodi rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Saw this at the library and figured it couldn't hurt to read up all I can and develop a strategy before jumping in to really potty train Lexie this time. I started trying a year ago, but with hospitalizations, surgeries in Ohio, and summer vacations, I haven't had the chance to be consistent. Things are relatively calm now (knock on wood) so I need to figure out the best way to fully train her NOW! Wish me luck!

Update: I didn't read every word in this book--just skimmed parts of it, but I learne
Jul 16, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it
We were skeptical that this method would really guarantee a goodbye to diapers in just one day. But it worked! It took closer to two days, but in that brief time, our son went from never using the toilet to being completely potty trained. In the following weeks, he had very few accidents, and we're all thrilled that he's now ready for preschool.

I withheld one star from my review because I thought the author encouraged spending more money on this process than was necessary. Her lengthy "potty par
Jun 05, 2008 Sandy rated it really liked it
This book offers a system of potty-training that is quick, but elaborate, and potentially a lot of fun. It describes in great great great detail how to throw an extravagant party to teach your child to use the toilet. Unfortunately, I don't think it'll work for every child, and the stars did not line up for my particular child when I attempted to potty train her in one day. In fact, I was close to tears by the end of the day. Though I knew better than to place too many expectations on my daughte ...more
Sep 10, 2007 Byron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents
Shelves: parenting, family
I read this book on Thursday (most of it), bought the supplies on Friday night (the whole idea is to throw a big party and make the process fun), and applied the concepts on Saturday.

My 3 year old went from never using toilet or potty (though he had sat there before after much fighting) to no accidents the first day and successfully using the toilet 3 times! If you've gone through this you can imagine the elation. The next day he did have a couple accidents but he also had many successful visit
Elesa Hagberg
Jun 16, 2012 Elesa Hagberg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best Potty Training plan that I have come across. The first half of the day is spent with your child teaching a doll how to use the potty. The last half of the day is dedicated to getting your kid to use it.

It hasn't worked for me yet though. I am on day two. In her book she says to try to put the kid on the potty right before they pee. I have no idea how to do that. I guess some kind of miracle has to occur? He either pees right before I take him to the potty, or RIGHT after he get
Okay, we have now done three children according to the theme of this book (we didn't do everything she said, but we kept the themes of what she did: potty train a doll, etc....). With our first, it worked fantastically. Our 2nd, it worked rather well. Our third, it's not going as well, but we did get him out of diapers completely and he'll now tell us when he has to go to the bathroom (we're on day three, though, and he is still struggling more than the others). So, I think that the themes and i ...more
May 03, 2011 Rosalee rated it really liked it
I was pretty skeptical before I read this book that this method would work. However, Teri writes in a fun, entertaining way and really takes you step by step through the process. The best part about this book is that this method really worked for my 2 1/2 year old son! We had him train his doll in the morning. In the afternoon we started working on him. He had 2 accidents that day but then went without accidents for several days. He tells us when he needs to go, he can even take himself! It is g ...more
Benjamin Sos
Sep 17, 2012 Benjamin Sos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a little skeptical when I saw the title of the book wondering how it was possible, but after reading through the book, I began to see how my daughter would probably succeed with a book like this if not in one day, certainly within a few days for sure. We followed Terri's instruction with only one change, we did switch hosts, my wife took the first part of the party shift and I did the second. It was difficult to get our daughter to drink enough during the afternoon for 4-5 successes, but i ...more
Kristi Anderson
May 23, 2014 Kristi Anderson rated it liked it
Similar to the other book about how to toilet train your child in less than a day. Like the idea of the party.
Feb 12, 2009 Aimee rated it liked it
This is a very simple and realistic approach to potty-training. As I say realistic, I guess I need to point out that the author doesn't claim that your child will be completely potty-trained after one day, as the title implies. It's more like you're teaching them everything they need to know and they have a great start on this first day. I like the idea of having your child "potty-train" a doll or stuffed animal so that they get the basic idea, and I like the party idea. This book is a very quic ...more
Jan 05, 2009 Laurie rated it liked it
There were definitely things that were helpful in this book. I can see how it would work perfectly for some kids. Mostly I felt like there was some great information like as much as diapers are inconvenient for parents they are VERY convenient for children, and also while we may not enjoy changing diapers most kids appreciate the one on one time with their parent(s). You have to make it worth their while to change to undies. Ok good point. I also liked that she mentions having a "pinch hitter." ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Danielle rated it really liked it
great tips. I'm excited to try our party in a week or two when I get supplies ready!
Aug 13, 2011 Jenny rated it it was ok
I should have looked more carefully at the premise of this book. I actually went to Barnes & Noble to find some basic primer on potty training and Maggie was melting down as I was trying to shop, so I grabbed it and ran. The entire book is built around the concept of a "potty party," which I do not anticipate needing to do to motivate Maggie, and which I also think is kind of silly.

Maybe if I am desperate to potty train Maggie after other attempts (I don't expect to be) I will pull this back
Alyssa Larson
Jul 05, 2012 Alyssa Larson rated it liked it
I wouldn't recommend this book as a general potty-training how-to book. I bought it because I am in the process of potty training my daughter (duh), but it turns out my daughter isn't particularly hard to potty train. I could see using this book as a last resort for a child who refuses to potty train. Which is exactly who the author recommends it for. Sometimes elaborate bribes (potty party) just aren't necessary. I think it is better to try not to use bribes at first; you may not end up needing ...more
Aug 30, 2010 Erika rated it liked it
I thought this was a very helpful book, although a more appropriate title would be Teaching Your Child How to Use the Potty in One Day since a child really can't perfect this skill in one day. The author suggests having your child spend the first half of the day training a doll how to use the potty and the second half of the day is focused on the child using the potty. She gives lots of ideas how to make the "Potty Party" day fun. This definitely was the best training book I read. I used some of ...more
Oct 19, 2010 Felicia rated it it was ok
This sounds like a really reasonable approach to me. I haven't actually taken the plunge yet to implement it, but this book has given me new ideas when I do. One complaint: the book needs an outline or timeline of what the potty party day should look like so you have something to glance at when you need it. It seemed like there was a lot of information, but not in a compact, easy to read form.

UPDATE: I read Nathan Azrin's "Toilet Training in Less Than A Day" after reading this one, and found his
Oct 28, 2008 Meg rated it liked it
I think the main reason I liked this book was simply because of her soothing tone. I've been stressed out about potty training, and reading this helped me calm down and figure out what we could do. And so far, this method has worked. The one day is a little misleading--basically it's a big transition day using lots of positive reinforcement and praise. Brad worked with our daughter and did such a great job, and she was ready to do this. I would recommend looking at this book for ideas and a litt ...more
Apr 08, 2009 Sadie rated it liked it
I read this mostly because I didn't really know where to start with potty training. And I've been really hesitant to start. This book has some good ideas and gave me some new knowledge, but I'm not sure that it works for everyone. I definitely potty trained my toddler in one day, but the days following were disasters! So, I'm now taking a different approach. Again, I think it's good to get educated on topics that you don't know about and for that I would recommend this book. As far as it working ...more
Feb 08, 2008 Kimberly rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Kimberly by: Amazon
Shelves: parenting
I did not find this book useful at all. It even seemed a bit insulting to children who understand the process. We potty trained successfully without gimmicks or accidents (at the beach, which I highly recommend!).
The book contains little medical information or useful advice about nighttime potty training. You don't need to buy or read this book to figure out how to make potty training exciting. Save your money and do a 5 minute google search for tips if you really want to go the "potty party" ro
Jan 25, 2009 Glenda rated it liked it
I have used this method on my kids. Now I have taken what I thought made since out of this book and applied it to my kids. I don't use a potty chair why would you. It's just like changing diapers. I also don't let them have there underwear until they have successfully gone on the toilet once of twice. This might take 2-4 hours. It has worked for me. My son was the experiment and my girls both trained in two days. Either wanted to wear the pull ups and didn't need to.
Sep 23, 2009 Helen rated it liked it
This book had some great ideas on potty training. I used only half of the ideas--make it an all day training event, watch potty training DVDs (we watched them all day cuz my daughter loved them), use sticker chart and incentives (I used cheap toys instead of treats), and make it fun! We trained all day last Tuesday, and she has had 3 accidents in the past 8 days. She even asks to go to the bathroom when we're out shopping and will use the public restroom.
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