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Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  7,574 ratings  ·  1,036 reviews
Jamie Glowacki—potty-training expert, Pied Piper of Poop, and author of the popular guide, Oh Crap! Potty Training—shares her proven 6-step plan to help you toilet train your preschooler quickly and successfully.

Let Jamie Glowacki, potty-training expert and the popular "Pied Piper of Poop" show you how it's done. Her 6-step, proven process to get your toddler out of diaper
Paperback, 294 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by Gallery Books (first published May 13th 2011)
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Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I really struggled to decide what rating to give this book! I loved the method, but disliked so many other things. To summarize:

5 stars for:
- Her potty training method does, actually work. That would almost merit 5 stars no matter what.
- Her method is based on learning stages, not timetables. This is an excellent way of breaking it down, and teaches potty training in a thorough and not overwhelming way.
- Her style was down-to-earth and realistic, with humor and drama thrown in.
- She has in
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I feel conflicted about this book, as it did help me potty train my daughter and I do think the method proposed by the author is a good one. So if you can find a good recap of her method elsewhere, maybe skip the book.

However, it's terribly written, heteronormative, and sexist. And it isn't adequate to say "sorry, dads. Most of the time it's moms I'm working with, so I'm writing for moms." That's not "telling it like it is;" that's reinforcing the way it's always been and diminishing the role o
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Our 23-month-old son is well on his way to joining the ranks of the potty trained (knock on wood). That's in no small part to this book.

Glowacki's biggest strength as a potty training consultant is that she's an acute observer. She doesn't have one-size-fits-all steps for you to follow. Instead, she relays the patterns of how children learn to use the potty, and how their parents guide them.

My only gripe is that the book is written for mothers. It's not really her fault though. She admitted as m
Daniel Reid
Oct 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book could have easily been condensed into one page but the author needed a few hundred pages to insult and alienate her male readers
Michael Leavitt
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
My wife and I have been trying to potty train our three year old for the last year and a half. We've been off and on trying to find the right time for him and his particular needs. As you may have guessed, we have completely failed at training this kid up until this point.

Then, after a little research on which book to buy, I decided to get this guide to potty training hoping we could finally figure this shit out (pun intended). It's been about three weeks since I started reading the book, I'm st
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
Finished this book at 7 months pregnant with #2. The author has given me the courage to try and train my 19 month old before the new baby comes. I will update with a star rating once I see how everything goes!

**Update** What I like about this book is that it clearly lays out a game plan for one method of potty training. Read this book, and you will know how to do the "naked 3 day weekend" potty training strategy. This is the only positive that I took away from it, however.

The author makes it se
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
The good: there are excellent suggestions here for the kinds of language to use when approaching potty training, and the book does a very good job of setting expectations for parents.

Also good: my 3.5yo potty trained in 2 days, with huge credit going to the recommended language in this book. ("On Saturday, the diapers will go away. You don't need them anymore, and I will teach you how to use the potty.")

The less good: as so many people have noted, the tone is over-the-top. The hellfire and brim
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was holding off on reviewing this one until I saw how things actually turned out. I mean, it's all very well if a book like this is comprehensive and funny and relatable. (Which this one is.) It still doesn't work unless my kid ends up potty trained.

I am happy to report that my kid did end up potty trained! We started on a Monday, and she had it pretty much figured out by that Friday. It's been about ten days now since Potty Training Day One, and she knows exactly what to do when she needs to
May 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book annoyed the "crap" out of me. The author is full of advice and will tell you how it is, but does not back any of her assertions up with actual research. All of her "knowledge" comes from her own anecdotes of working with kids who are struggling to be potty trained.

Why 2 stars? Well some of the advice seems to make sense, and may be useful when we start to potty train. Maybe.

Some of the advice contradicts itself. For example, you don't want a potty chair out in the playroom because it s
Aug 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm glad I didn't pay for this and borrowed it, because I would otherwise have returned it for a refund/and or burned it for a few key reasons that others have mentioned:

1) Tone. This book reads like it was written by that loudmouth female relative who is convinced that her way is the right way and the only way, and any deviation from her technique will lead to DIRE CONSEQUENCES for all involved. In an attempt to sound sassy and authoritative, Glowacki just sounds histrionic and judgmental.

2) Lo
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: babies, 2016
I will admit that I didn't read this whole book. I absolutely hated the tone of it, I was put off from the first ten pages. I also think it was pretty poorly written and I didn't like the "written for moms" aspect of it. That said, her advice (for daytime) is pretty solid and has worked well for my 2.5 year old. I think we waited until the right time with my daughter. We probably could have done it earlier but I'm glad we waited until she was naturally holding it on her own. I also think she is ...more
Jaclyn Harrison
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Kid #2

Kid #1
Day 1 - naked day, kid did awesome. Days 2 - 4 were rough...sometimes painfully rough, but the book warned me this would happen so we stuck with it and made some adjustments. Day 5 everything clicked. I'm writing this review on Day 7 and am confident he will do well when I send him to daycare next week. I decided not to night train since I'm 30 weeks pregnant and I can't lift him out of his crib, but he woke up dry this morning so I may try night training too.

Occasionally, the a
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars overall. The method of potty training made sense to me, the book was easy to read, and for the most part I didn’t mind the writing style. It’s hard to review parenting books, because on the one hand there is the actual content of the book to discuss. On the other hand, there is the quality of the book and how well it is written, which might affect understanding of the content.This book would have benefited greatly from a better editor to cut down on some of the rambling, blog post-esqu ...more
Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Didn't like the style or tone of this book. Poorly written. Poorly researched. Many of the suggestions have little to no fact to back them up. There is some good info in here, but no different then what other potty training books have in them that are better written and more researched. Feels like a blog of personal opinions that someone just printed into a book. This book desperately needs some editing and fact checking. Hate her "suggested" perfect age for potty training. Does not fit with any ...more
Mar 06, 2016 marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
I'm sure this has tons of useful advice, but I just couldn't abide the tone. I felt like the author was yelling at me for things I'm not even doing yet... ...more
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a tough one to rate. I found that there were a few comments in the book that were very sexist and made me quite angry when I read them, however, this worked!! my second daughter is 4.5 already and we have been trying to potty train for well over a year; it has been one of the most frustrating things I can remember ever dealing with. We have literally tried everything!! Everything! After reading this it made me feel so positive and in control like I had this. I just took copious notes and ...more
Emily Proctor
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It made a lot of sense, it was fun to read, and it worked, quickly! We used it with our daughter who is 34 months old and she went from no potty experience to total self initiation in seven days. This new edition came out at JUST the right time for us.

The author makes a big deal that you have to start before 30 months and not after 36 months, so we were officially in the gray zone. I more or less ignored all of the arguments about starting young so that I wouldn't lose my nerve. After having gon
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was dreading reading this book, and then as soon as soon I started I was so anxious to finish it, I banged it out during naptime. And have committed to starting potty training my 26-month old in 5 days. If you are at all fearful about how to begin or whether or not your child is ready, read this book. It's full of common sense and reassurance. I knocked off a star because I have done absolutely zero other research on potty training and would appreciate a little more handholding, especially bet ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: parenting, how-to
The method is 5 stars. But the book is just bad. Google this method and read some blog posts by parents who have used it. It will probably be more consistent, concise, and maybe even (gasp!) actually list out the steps in an easy-to-refer-to list so you don't have to read long, rambling passages five times over during the process. ...more
Matthew G 8B
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Book, very useful info!
Must Read!
I have no idea how to review this, but reading it has given me a confident feeling about the process and we've set a date. ...more
Shane Moore
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Potty training advice. Readable. Conversational. Not very easy to implement.

Here's the 6 step process laid out in this book:
1. Potty naked
2. Potty commando
3. Potty places that aren't home
4. Potty with underpants
5. Consistent self-initiation
6. Night or nap

First, get the kid familiar with the potty. Make sure they know what it is for and read some picture books about how potties are used.

Teach kid to dress themselves if possible. A dress up party for practice can help.

Assign chores like having the
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had such a hard time potty training my son. We had three different attempts from the age of 2 and 1/2 on and he fought me tooth and nail each time. This book was a lifesaver and I wish I would have read it a long time ago. There is a bit of profanity, but her advice is fantastic. The best takeaways for us were: 1) not making it rewards based, 2) starting naked and then going commando for a long time ( no pull-ups at all) 3) not constantly asking if he has to go, but just telling him when it wa ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Never imagined I'd be reviewing a potty training book... but if you have no idea what you're doing and you have to train a little person to use the potty, I totally recommend reading this book. It tells you how to do it without drawing out the process, explains why, and added bonus - it's funny! Who doesn't like a good poop joke? 2 weeks later, our 26 month old is totally nailing the whole potty thing, thanks to this book. ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2016
This woman is a charlatan.
May 09, 2019 added it
Not really sure there’s any point in reviewing this book when I haven’t potty-trained a child. Some annoying tonal things (“have your wine nearby, Mama!”) —and some guilt tactics, but not as many as I expected. She does seem like she knows what she’s talking about.

I was struck by her comment that potty-training is one of the first things most parents have to teach their child to do from a developmental point of view. That has...not been my experience—which I can only hope means that I’ve worked
Anna Lumpkin
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
a very useful book on how to approach potty training! for parents who don't know where to start or are wondering if your child is ready, this is a great resource that answers a lot of questions. although i haven't tried her method yet (set a date 2 weeks from now), i'm hopeful that it works well. ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really should rate this after I try to potty train my girl. But good info to consider!!
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I am grateful for this book.

My partner and I have been trying to potty train our three-year-old for over six months, making what Jamie Glowacki would say is the mistake of being too casual about it. Now that the kid is taking himself to the potty several times a day and really only having accidents during naptime at preschool, I can see, in retrospect, how we were sending him mixed signals by using pull-ups, which feel the same on his bum as diapers, and trying to make potty training fit around
Megan Olsen
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Husband and I listened to this on the drive home from Christmas vacation. I had been ignoring the need to potty train because I was feeling intimidated and stressed at the prospect. A friend recommended this book, and we decided to read it, just to start thinking about it, and by the end of the book I was prepared to start the next morning. It got me mentally prepped and motivated (something I really needed), and also laid out a clear plan of different stages (no pants or underwear, then command ...more
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“I’m going to put a diaper on you for nap because you’re still learning. You’ve done such a good job today, and your nap is a long time. You may not remember to pee when you’re sleeping. When you wake up, we’re going to take it right off.” 0 likes
“End result: A successful completion of Block One should look something along the lines of your child, while naked, can sit to pee and poop on the potty. This can be because you prompted, you led him, or he went on his own.” 0 likes
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