Early-Start Potty Training

Early-Start Potty Training

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by Linda Sonna
     
 

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“Dr. Sonna is giving parents and babies a wonderful opportunity to introduce the potty at an age when learning new skills is part of every day life.”

--Barbara Gablehouse, MD.



Have your child completely potty-trained—by the age of two!



Drawing on methods used with success around the world, Early-Start

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“Dr. Sonna is giving parents and babies a wonderful opportunity to introduce the potty at an age when learning new skills is part of every day life.”

--Barbara Gablehouse, MD.



Have your child completely potty-trained—by the age of two!



Drawing on methods used with success around the world, Early-Start Potty Training shows that potty training your baby at an early age is not only possible, it’s actually beneficial to your child’s health. Drawing on the latest scientific studies, Early-Start Potty Training debunks the myth that it is better to start teaching after age two and gives you a step-by-step plan to be finished with diapers before your child’s second birthday. Author of The Everything Potty Training Book, Dr. Linda Sonna explores the many drawbacks of the “readiness” method, including the emotional, financial, and health repercussions of waiting too long. Instead, she advocates loving, gentle, toilet “learning” methods, and proves that the earlier you introduce the potty, the better off your child will be.



Early-Start Potty Training is full of caring steps, tips, and techniques to help speed your child’s potty learning success, including:

  • Expecting success without pressuring your child

  • Why a potty chair is better than a potty seat

  • The pitfalls of disposable diapers

  • Preparing babies for potty independence

  • How to overcome toddler resistance

  • How to potty train—and prevent bedwetting—at any age

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
These two books address toilet training issues from opposite perspectives. Child psychologist Sonna believes in traditional parenting practices-which continue in some countries to this day-predating the introduction of disposable diapers. These include leaving off diapers altogether whenever possible, using cloth diapers when necessary, and introducing the potty to babies as young as a few months while "cueing" the child with a recognizable signal. Sonna contends that children trained with these traditional approaches complete potty training at a much earlier age than disposable-diapered children in modern Western countries. Her objection to conventional wisdom from pediatricians and disposable diaper companies (which suggests delaying potty training until two years of age or later) seems overstated at times; she also naively downplays the notion that busy working parents and child care providers would find the traditional approaches impractical. Nevertheless, Sonna represents a viable perspective, and her book is well worth including in the toilet-training books of any parenting collection. Pediatrician Bennett narrows his focus to bedwetting, and while he subscribes to Western-style potty training, he and Sonna concur that bedwetting can have damaging effects on children's self-esteem and social status as they age; their approaches to dealing with the problem are very similar. Bennett's "Waking Up Dry" program addresses the child directly, with frequent "Coaches' Corner" asides to parents. The intensive program includes questionnaires to determine the child's depth of motivation to become dry, a calendar to track progress, contracts and rewards, the use of a bedwetting alarm, and, sometimes, medication. Although the reading level seems high for the younger children who might participate, the author's tone is consistently positive and encouraging, both to children and their parents; recommended.-Kay Hogan Smith, Univ. of Alabam at Birmingham Lib., Lister Hill Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071817073
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
07/04/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
213,407
File size:
1 MB

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