Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro
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Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day: Proven Secrets of the Potty Pro

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by Teri Crane

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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


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 effective and enjoyable bonding experience with your child.

Teri guides parents to the successful one-day potty training of their child by teaching them how to:
-Look for the signs that your child is ready to be potty trained
-Make the potty connection by using a potty-training doll
-Create incentive through consistent positive reinforcement
-Use charts, quizzes, and checklists to help with every step of potty training
-Know when it's time to bring in a potty pinch hitter
-Complete your potty training—no more accidents

Once Teri teaches you her techniques, she shares her secret—potty parties! She has carefully designed twelve imaginative themes for parties, such as a seriously silly circus, a cartoon character carnival, or a magic carpet express, and supplies parents with everything they will need. Teri has proven that a potty party day engages a child in potty training in a way that no other method has before—by speaking a toddler's language. A party may translate to fun, games, cake, candy, presents, and prizes to a child, but with Teri's expertise, parents can use it as a tool to motivate their child to want to go to the bathroom—and to keep on going. That's why it works in just one day!

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"Desperate parents will want this book..." — Library Journal, May 15, 2006
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The key to potty training, according to Crane, a lecturer for a promotion company, is the fun One-Day Potty-Training Party. For those who think that the concept seems too good to be true, note that the single day does not include preparation. Crane explains that the program must be followed as she spells it out, or it will not work. Of course, the child must be ready for the big day, which parents can determine using a quiz. The party day requires complete focus and the enthusiasm of a cheerleading squad. More than 100 pages are devoted to descriptions of 12 possible themes for the day, including decorations, food, activities, and prizes. First, the child teaches a doll to use the potty. After the child spends much of the afternoon using the potty, a celebration is held in which all diapers are tossed out. The text is dotted with trivia, quotes, and tips called "Grandma Says" and "Experts Say." In addition to the party plan, Crane shares the same practical information that can be found in other toilet-training books. The idea of one-day potty training with a doll dates to 1974 and has been endorsed by Dr. Phil. Desperate parents will want this book, but others may find it impractical. Purchase as demand warrants.-Janet Clapp, Athens-Clarke Cty. Lib., Athens, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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1. the secret's out —

potty parties are in!

To every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.


Every day I'm besieged by telephone calls from moms who are confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed. Mostly they're at wit's end. They beg me for the secrets to potty training their children. And no matter what their particular potty woes might be, how long they've been trying to train their child, or how harrowing their bathroom battles, I invariably recommend a single, one-size-fits-all solution: Have a One-Day Potty-Training Party!

Kids love parties. In Toddler-Speak, a party means fun, games, cake, candy, presents, and prizes. For a two- or three-year-old, it doesn't get much better than that.

In Mom-Speak, a party can mean a fun way to motivate your child to learn a new behavior — in this case using the toilet. Giving your toddler motivation is critical to your success because when it comes to becoming toilet trained, most kids have absolutely no incentive. None. And when you look at it from their perspective, why would they? Life experience has proven that it's fast, easy, and convenient to go in their diapers.

No matter how much you want your child to trade in her Huggies for big-girl underpants, chances are she will remain blissfully unmotivated by your desire or concern. Plus, if a child has had a negative experience with the potty, it can be even more challenging to entice him to try it again.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, helping the 11 million children under the age of four through the potty-training process can be one of the toughest challenges for parents. Learning to use the potty is a key milestone in a child's development. Unlike other milestones associated with walking or talking, however, this developmental hurdle tends to be a source of considerable concern for both parent and child. A stressful potty-training period can damage a parent/child relationship and injure a child's self-esteem. But when this hurdle is successfully negotiated with a minimum of contention, it fosters a child's sense of independence and accomplishment.

The One-Day Potty-Training Party is a fun, time-tested method for achieving potty-training victory. In the fast-paced, overscheduled, multitasking society in which we live, parents need a training tool that will teach them how to potty train their child in one day. The cost savings alone are enough incentive for most parents. And U.S. Census Bureau statistics indicate that American women are increasingly having more than two children. Even with our frantic schedules, we can attack this parenting challenge in an organized, structured fashion, with help from a tested routine. And as this book will demonstrate, that means a well-planned and exciting potty party!

There are a number of driving forces behind the push for quick and effective potty-training programs:

• Most preschools in the United States mandate that children cannot be promoted to the next level unless they are potty trained.

• Today, a mere 13 percent of America's families fit the 1950s model of husband as breadwinner and wife as homemaker. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60 percent of all marriages, 45 percent of the working population, are dual-career marriages. And nearly two-thirds of America's children attend some sort of out-of-home care on a regular basis.

• According to the Children's Hospital Guide to Your Child's Health and Development, 40 percent of three-year-olds still use diapers.

• Thirty-nine states and the District of Columbia spend a total of more than $1.9 billion a year on some sort of prekindergarten.

• The National Center for Health Statistics has reported that the number of women of childbearing age giving birth to three or more children rose 7 percent to 18.4 percent.

• A National Catalyst research survey found that more than 80 percent of new mothers return to the labor force within six months of childbirth.

I came up with the idea for a one-day potty-training party when I was desperate to toilet train my son Spencer so that he could be enrolled in preschool. Although at the time I felt like I was the only mother facing this challenge, I've since discovered that there are millions of moms in the same tight spot as I was in three years ago. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Report, there are approximately 20 million parents with 11 million children under the age of four, and more than 4 million of those are currently enrolled in a nursery or preschool program where children often are not permitted to move up to the next level until they have been successfully potty trained. So even though the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that there is no set age to begin potty training, the majority of preschool programs won't accept a three-year-old who isn't potty proficient.

In a nutshell, the One-Day Potty-Training Party is based on solid toilet-training information and advice. But instead of a drawn out battle between parent and child, it's a one-day theme party where your child is the center of attention. Whatever theme you choose, the potty party is designed to be fast-paced, fun, and rewarding. Best of all, it works!

The Potty Party Has One Primary Goal

Make learning to use the potty fun by making the potty party one of the most exciting and rewarding days in your child's life.

The Potty Party Is Divided into Three Parts


Give your child a new doll (preferably one that "wets") and the three of you have a party. While playing games, reading books, and watching potty-training videos, you teach the doll how to use the potty. Your child learns about the potty and how to use it by helping you teach his or her doll.


The theme party continues, but now the focus shifts to your child using the potty. Plenty of fun and rewards are built into this part of the party so that your child wants to use the potty and feels good about his or her success.


To celebrate your child's success, the party expands to include Dad, brothers and sisters, grandparents, and other close relations. Everyone congratulates your child for potty training his or her doll and for using the potty.

Since emerging from my own potty wars, I have gathered lots of knowledge and experience about potty training and throwing potty parties. By talking with child psychologists, parents, caregivers, professional party planners, and graduates of my Potty-Training Boot Camp, I have pulled together all the essential steps and vital ingredients to make a potty-training party a wonderful success. I include all the details and guidelines for planning and throwing the potty party in chapters five and six. But before you can begin planning the party and preparing your child for the big day, you need to determine whether he is physically and mentally ready for toilet training. And just as important, you need to determine whether you are ready! Don't even think about taking away your child's diapers before you take the readiness quiz in chapter two!

What Does It Mean to Be Potty Trained?

Everyone seems to have a different answer to this question. Rather than getting caught in the debate of who's right and who's wrong, I measure a child's potty-training success on a range from "not potty trained" to "totally potty trained."

When I launched my mission to toilet train my son, I asked (okay, begged) other moms to divulge their secrets to potty-training success. After a little probing, I often discovered that their child really wasn't potty trained at all, at least not by my understanding of the term. Basically, the child would go potty only if the mom undressed her, told her to sit on the potty, and waited, waited, waited, and waited a little more. Sometimes the child would go and sometimes she wouldn't. And as you might guess, accidents were part of the daily routine.

Well, call me crazy, but this version of toilet trained sounds more like a work in progress. Even so, it's important to remember that just getting a toddler to sit on the toilet and try can be a milestone on his path to being totally toilet trained.

Your toddler is totally potty trained when he can get in and out of the bathroom himself, get his pants down and back up again, clean his backside adequately, and wash his hands — all with minimal assistance. I have to tell you that when I first read this definition, it just increased my sense of frustration. I couldn't even get my son to sit on the potty. Getting him totally toilet trained seemed like an impossible dream. That's why it's important to celebrate every successful step. If your child can recognize that she has to use the bathroom — and tell you she needs to go in enough time for you to get her on the potty — that's a very successful step!

Waging the Potty War

Frankly, I was desperate. I'm not too proud to admit it. I was stressed out of my mind. The fact that toilet training is supposed to happen when our children are toddlers — at the height or on the heels of the Terrible Twos — seems like a cruel irony. At this age, getting a child to do anything she doesn't want to do can rapidly turn into a drama. So toilet training can be nothing short of traumatic. In our house, the potty battles escalated until we were engaged in what could only be called an all-out potty war! The fact that our son was winning made our efforts seem even more futile.

Here's what happened. When Spencer was about two and a half years old my husband, Kyle, and I bought him a potty-chair, set it in the bathroom, and told him (with enthusiasm) that he was a big boy now and it was time for him to learn to use the potty. And so began the first chapter of our potty-training saga. Nearly every day one of us would suggest to Spencer that he sit on the potty. Spencer's response was consistently "No!"

As his third birthday drew closer, he still adamantly refused to sit on his potty-chair and threw fits if we said the word "potty." But I persisted. When I picked him up from nursery school, I'd ask if he went on the potty "like a big boy." With a gleeful expression, he would inevitably tell me he went on the potty every time. His teachers, however, had an entirely different story: they said Spencer refused to even walk near the toilet. Worse, he'd frequently go off in a corner and poop in his big-boy underwear. His antipotty attitude was threatening to land him on the dreaded "Do Not Promote" list barring him graduation from nursery school to preschool.

Like most preschools in the United States, Spencer's had a rule that children could not enroll until they were potty trained. In other words: No potty, no preschool!

All of Spencer's successfully potty-trained friends were going to be promoted to preschool and he was about to be left behind — all because he couldn't go to the bathroom by himself. That's when I went from being frustrated to being paranoid.

I started thinking everyone was in on the joke but me. I mean, why couldn't I figure this thing out? Was the secret of potty training only revealed to those who knew a special password or handshake? Was that why some moms boasted that their children practically potty trained themselves, while the rest of us struggled to solve the mystery? I became obsessed and utterly desperate to enter the inner sanctum of potty-training success.

Meanwhile, the battle persisted and my son and I were both miserable. I no longer wanted to keep teaching him and he no longer wanted to try to learn. Resigned and feeling like a failure, I decided to put the whole project on hold for a while. My husband and I made a pact that we would do absolutely nothing to encourage Spencer to use the toilet — no more discussions, no more pleading or bribing, and, God help us, no more tears!

The potty-chair went into the closet; the big-boy underwear and training pants went back in the drawer from which they came. I told myself that surely Spencer would decide on his own — at some point — that he didn't want to wear diapers anymore, and I bit my tongue waiting for that day to arrive. (At the very least, I consoled myself, he'd definitely be motivated by the time he started dating.)

Each day I eagerly watched my son for signs that he no longer wanted to wear a diaper. But not another word about using the potty was mentioned.

Until, that is, I turned the calendar page and was reminded that Spencer's preschool deadline was just around the bend. With a renewed determination to beat the clock, I devoured all the toilet-training material I could find. I read books, watched videos, and perused websites. I picked the brain of every mother I encountered who had something valuable to share about the fastest route to potty-training victory. I also talked to scores of moms who were feeling just as confused and frustrated about potty training as I was.

As the deadline for preschool enrollment loomed, I became more and more desperate. My husband had great intentions, but he was actually hindering the process. Like a lot of dads, he was taking an authoritarian tone with our son, subtly demanding that he begin going to the potty by himself, like a big boy. I knew enough about potty training by then to realize that the authoritarian approach was doomed to backfire. According to everything I learned from experts and other moms, kids typically dig in their heels when adults make demands about potty training, and pressure makes them actively hostile.

To make matters worse, Spencer was now just one week away from his third birthday. I silently concluded that if I could teach him before he turned three, I could truthfully tell anyone who asked that he was potty trained when he was "only" two. I needed a shortcut. The time for drastic action was at hand!

Necessity Is the Mother of Invention

I had read that one of the ways parents could teach a toddler to use the potty was to first guide the toddler to teach a doll to use the potty. The question was, how could I get my son to do this in a way that would be fun for both of us? I had already tried giving him candy and other bribes, so I knew I had to come up with an incentive that he would think was awesome. And then it occurred to me like a flash of lightning: a party! All I had to do was say the word "party" and Spencer's eyes would light up. I would plan an all day party for the specific purpose of potty training my son!

Our potty party began at 9 A.M. Saturday morning when I handed Spencer a wrapped present. Spencer thought it was fantastic that he got a present on a day that wasn't his birthday or a holiday. The present was a doll that he and I would potty train together. He quickly bonded with the doll and named him "Dolly," and he happily bought into the plan that he and I were going to teach Dolly to use the potty. All morning, in between reading books and playing games, I taught Dolly how a big boy goes to the potty by himself and Spencer watched closely. By lunchtime, Spencer had grasped the most important aspects of potty training and was teaching Dolly by himself.

After lunch, for added incentive, I told Spencer that if he showed me that he could use the potty like a big boy — just like Dolly — we would call up Grandma and Granddad and all go to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate. Chuck E. Cheese was the most enticing carrot I could dangle in front of Spencer. He was crazy for the place! I used to have to drive several miles out of my way to the grocery store to dodge the Chuck E. Cheese landmarks my son recognized, or he would pitch a royal fit!

As it turned out, playing the Chuck E. Cheese card worked like a charm. By 5 P.M. Spencer could tell when he needed to go potty, go into the bathroom, pull down his pants, sit on the potty-chair, and go.

And guess what? When we went to Chuck E. Cheese, Spencer used the toilet there with no problem at all. We even made a potty pit stop on the way home.

When my husband came home that night I couldn't wait to tell him what happened. Kyle was happy, but thought it sounded too good to be true. Considering what the past six months had been like, I couldn't blame him for doubting. Spencer had used the potty six or seven times throughout the day, but I silently worried that the magic might wear off. And so it was with mixed emotions that I left Spencer with Kyle that evening and headed out for a friend's baby shower.

Much to my relief and delight, around 8 P.M. Kyle called my cell phone and exclaimed, "Spencer went to the bathroom by himself!" Success — you are sweet, indeed!

It's Not a Shortcut If You Get Lost

The One-Day Potty-Training Party is a fun and very effective process if you properly prepare for the big day and follow all of the steps in the correct order.

If you attempt to do this program without following the steps in the order they are presented, your child will not be potty trained in one day. It's as simple as that.

I have tested all the steps and worked with hundreds of parents to determine which ones are critical to success and which are helpful but not necessary. If you follow the steps in the sequence I have outlined you'll be amazed at the wonderful results. I promise.

For those of you who are already contemplating ways to make this shortcut even shorter, I beg you to slow down and take a few deep breaths. The more desperately you want your child potty trained now, the more you need to back off and adopt a less urgent approach. The One-Day Potty-Training Party won't be a shortcut if you get lost along the way or hit a roadblock because you didn't properly prepare your child or yourself.

Please don't flip through this book and think you have it mastered. Parents who have tried an à la carte version of this method — choosing to do some steps and skipping or racing through others — invariably hit a dead end. And nobody wants that.

Like learning to walk, your child needs to take one step at a time. Do not encourage your child to jump to the next step until he masters the one he is on. Each step builds on the previous one — and the order is very important.

Some of the steps may seem obvious or overly simplistic. But when they are used in combination with the rest of the program, they create a profound physical and emotional change while making learning fun. By allowing your child enough time to practice and become comfortable and proficient with each step, you help build her self-confidence. Each step can be celebrated as a milestone in your child's progress toward potty proficiency.

The majority of parents I work with potty train their child within a twenty-four-hour period, and the average time for complete training is around four to six hours. Some children were trained in one hour and others took up to two days. Even the fastest learners will need consistent reinforcement in the days and weeks following the potty party until it becomes a natural part of their day.

That's not to say there aren't special cases that need special tactics. Later in the book, we'll discuss how to potty train children with special needs, including children who have limited verbal skills and those who are prone to tantrums. We'll also cover how to help children who have continuous accidents and how to motivate toddlers who simply prefer diapers to big-kid underwear. Some of these challenges are more daunting than others, but they are all solvable with the right knowledge, preparation, and mindset.

Copyright © 2006 by Teri Crane

Meet the Author

Teri Crane is known as the Potty Pro to the thousands of parents, teachers, and child care providers who have gone through her potty-training boot camp. She lives in Avon Lake, Ohio, with her husband and son.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased the book to assist with getting my 4 yr old boy trained. He has all the signs of being ready, but I was not having any success. So I used the techniques in the book and he was not even slightly interested. He was scared to use the potty and no amount of build up of a party made that better. A waste of money. He is my 4th of 5 kids and I was hoping to make training easier. All kids are different and are motivated in different ways and learn at different times. Their fears are different and not all kids fit into this books category.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first learned of this book, I thought NO WAY! Maybe this would work on a little girl, but NOT a BOSSY, 2-1/2 year old BOY. NO WAY! Guess what? It REALLY WORKED!!! Teri Crane SAVED MY SANITY!!! Her book was easy to read, funny and extremely helpful. I can't thank Teri enough. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to EVERY parent. It will save you much grief and frustration. Potty training shouldn't be difficult, we as parents make it difficult because we don't know what to do. Teri teaches you. Buy the book, it's the best money you will ever spend!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a friend recommend this book to me - she said it totally worked and it was the greatest thing. I was a little sceptical at first but decided to give it a try. I was amazed and thrilled with the results!! We did this program with our daughter when she was 28 months old. We chose the farm theme and had everything all ready to go - she was just so excited when she woke up that morning. We spent the morning teaching our doll, eating yummy treats and playing fun farm & animal activities. When she woke up from her nap it was now my daughters turn and she did GREAT!! From 1:30 pm to bedtime, she went 11 times in the potty and had 5 accidents. At 6pm, my husband, her brother, grandparents and uncles came over and we had a great potty party. We had little potty cupcakes my mom made and the highlight of the evening was when our daughter 'threw' away all her diapers while we cheered her on. The next several days you have to continue some of the basics of the 1st day but by day 4 it 'clicked' all of a sudden and my daughter then knew how to hold it. By day 10, she was telling us completely on her own when she had to go #1 and #2! My daughter even trained herself at night and naps after a few months! I think this program is great and Teri Crane is the nicest person. I have spoken to her several times over the phone. She is so quick to respond to your questions and is full of great advice. I recommend this book to anyone debating on how to approach the whole potty training process. I just can't imagine trying to potty train over months and months. My daughter was completely trained in 10 days. I also wanted to address the one comment by another reviewer that said the author insists they learn it in one day - did you read the same book I did??? Teri NEVER says that you do it in one day - you set the foundation for successful potty training in one day and that sets them up for success the following days to come. The one day potty party just introduces using the potty to them in a fun and exciting way. Please just pick up this book if you are even thinking about it and try it - it's not going to hurt to try! I swear to you that if it works for you like it did us you will be so glad you did it!
meseelite More than 1 year ago
For months we tried to potty-train our 4 year old son who is on the spectrum. I almost lost hope and imagined him going to Kindergarten with diapers - I would cry every time I thought of that possibility. We finally found a daycare that had experience in working with children on the spectrum but of course due to his age he needed to be potty trained - more tears.....but this time I set my mind on potty training him once and for all! One of his service providers highly recommended your book so I gave it a try and guess what?! It worked! Last weekend, I used a modified version of your book - my son loves B.D parties but he doesn't play with dolls or similar toys - so we did not start the program with training the doll. Instead, I told him if he does poo-poo in the potty he gets a party - he liked that idea. I also set up a potty-rewards chart - every time he did pee-pee he got 1 sticker and 1 M&M, for poo-poo he got 3 stickers and 3 M&Ms - and after 6 stickers he "earned" a lollipop - I don't usually give him sweets so this was a big treat for him. Starting at noon I began to take him to the bathroom every 30 minutes to see if he needed to do poo-poo and told him that he would get a party if he did - I sat in the bathroom with him for approximately 10 minutes, talking about how much fun the party was going to be, asking him what he wanted for the party, what theme, etc. I did this for a couple of hours (taking him to the bathroom in 30-minute intervals), "hyping" up the party and nothing - and actually in between the 30-minute sessions, he soiled his diaper......at this point I stopped taking him to the bathroom every 30 minutes but continued to remind him to go to the bathroom to do pee-pee - I reminded him approximately once per hour and eventually he began using the potty to do pee-pee at which point I would immediately give him a sticker to place on his reward chart and 1 M&M. The next day, I continued with the program - taking him to the bathroom every 30 minutes and rewarding him for doing pee-pee in the toilet. Then approximately 4 hours into the program, he got up from his seat in the living room and said "oh!" and ran to the bathroom - he then screamed "I did it"!! We ran to the bathroom and sure enough he had done poo-poo in the potty!! We all screamed and immediately I told him we needed to go shopping for his party - he also loved that - I gave him 3 stickers which brought his number of stickers to 7 so he also got a lollypop. Ever since he continues to receive stickers and his lollypop treat - we haven't had any accidents and he now attends a preschool program - my fears of him going to Kindergarten in diapers are gone! Also, prior to this adventure (a couple of weeks prior) I created a power point presentation for him so he could see all the steps required to use the potty - he is very "visual" and loves computers so he loved to sit in front of the PC viewing the power point presentation - it also helped him learn all the steps.....to reinforce this, every time he did poo-poo in his diaper I would take him to the bathroom and let him put the poo-poo in the toilet, flush and wash his hands - so he was fully aware of what it meant to use the potty before I implemented your excellent program. Thanks so much for writing your book!
readerforeverBF More than 1 year ago
I really can't believe it!! We have a difficult potty trainer...or so we thought! Success after the day long potty party!! We are into our second week and only a couple of "mistakes".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our almost 3 year old boy did wonders with this book. He only had accidents the first 3 days. Then it was smooth sailing from there. I would recommend this book to anyone about to do potty training.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought my 3yr old daughter would never be potty trained. I was a little doubtful at first that this potty party concept would work, but I was hopeful. We followed all the steps in the book. Amazingly enough, my daughter was peeing on the potty by the end of her potty party day and has been ever since. I wish I read this book sooner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You would think after potty training 2 other kids, the 3rd would be a sinch. NOT! My third child Matthew, has everything done for him, we all talk for him, change his diapers, play with him, so he had no reason to go in the potty when it was easier to pee in a diaper. He is totally spoiled. He is my last kid, what do I care if I change his diaper forever. lol... However, we are going on a cruise in a few months, so I knew for myself, if I wanted to him to enjoy the kids programs, he needed to be 100% going in the potty. So... I looked on line and Teri's book came up. I immediately ran to the store to pick it up. To my dismay, it was sold out everywhere. Is everyone using this technique? It must work if I they are sold out everywhere. My sister in law used the book and had success, so I had her send it to me right away. The minute it came, I started reading it. I was taking notes, making sure I didn't miss anything. This was a do or die for me, so I needed to make it work. Now my 3 1/2 year old, has gone on the potty pee - but not poop - and not consistently either. We have tried bribing with candy, toys, stickers, you name it - a million dollars, nothing worked. So..the morning of the party, we woke up to Power Rangers everywhere. I took her idea of the super hero party and did everything power rangers. The night before I made the doll - later to be named Rocky 12 pairs of super hero underwear with my sewing machine. I took the dolls current undies and traced them on the material, and made his own. I stuck them in the box with the doll and wrapped him up. He opened it up and I then began using Teri's verbage on him and the doll. Rocky was very successful peeing in the potty - and I was able to trick my child with the bottle behind the back technique. We put stickers on Rocky's chart all morning, and ate more gummies, apple jacks, candy corns and marshmallows then we had in a lifetime. Then Rocky pooped in the potty 'I used babyfood prunes - they looked real'. My son was a little surprised, but... we jumped up and down and cheered Rocky on. I had these power rangers that we were waiting to give Matthew when he pooped and Matthew said 'Rocky ya' - which means power ranger in his language. I said ' Oh Rocky wants the power rangers'. He said yes. I think he thought great - Rocky gets the rangers, so then I can play with them. So... when Rocky got them, he tried to get them. I said 'Oh no.. Rocky pooped in the potty - someday when you poop in the potty you can play with the rangers'. Needless to say, he wasn't happy Rocky got the toy and not him. So.. about an hour later, Matthew said he had to poop on the potty. We ran in there and low and behold.. he did. You would have thought I won the lottery. I jumped and screamed and high fived til our hands hurt. We got the rangers and he was super excited. We continued the rest of the day peeing in the potty and ended the day with throwing away diapers and eating pizza at Chuckie Cheese. My girlfriend brought him over a new pair of Spiderman undies - and I got him another power ranger for being a big boy. It has only been a week, and he has a few accidents, but for the most part he runs to the bathroom on his own with both poop and pee. Teri's book layed the foundation for going in the potty. It may not click right away for all kids, however, just by spending the day with your child concentrating on the potty will be a huge jump in their potty training skills. I did speak with her on the phone, and she helped me have a successful day. I am confident that this book has the tricks your child may need to be a big kid. It is only a matter of time - how many 10 year olds do you know who still wear a diaper? Be patient, use her tips and it will be a matter of time that your diaper days are over. We are very excited and I recommend this book to everyone who is ready to say good bye to diapers. It totally rocks. Thank you Teri for inventing the potty party !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here's a brief review of how my potty training experiment went. I give it an A+. Everything was so easy and fun. I did it in the Spring, I was hoping for no diaper changing on mother's day, and I got my wish. The first part of my day we practiced learning with Potty Elmo. I used lemonade for when he needed to go pee and tootie rolls for when he needed to go poop. Everything went very smoothly because when you give Elmo, (the potty training Elmo doll), a drink of his juice a couple minutes later he tells you he has to go to the bathroom. So when we would run up stairs to go potty she would pull down his pants I would put the Lemonade in his potty (that he came with) and put him on super fast so Samantha couldn't see inside. Then he sings a song 'Elmo went on the potty'to let you know he made it. Or he if doesn't make it he tells you ' uh oh elmo didn't get to the potty, sorry.' I did this several times in four hours along with the one time I used a tootsie roll for poop in his panties. ( hint: if you leave a tootie roll in your pocket for awhile it gets nice and soft. Don t worry Oxyclean gets chocolate out of his white panties.) Anyways, after four hours of eduacating Samantha about the potty, we had lunch then she went down for her nap. This of course ment I needed to plan my party so I gathered everything in the house that had Elmo on it. So when Samantha woke up we put panties on her and we drank ALOT of water and I crossed my fingers. She did great. She even went poop for me and she got her treats everytime she went. Around five thirty after dinner I went up stair and set up for the party. I made it easy and cheap. I pinned a sesame street sheet to my shower curtain. Hung a beach towel over my window. Brought all her Elmo dolls up along with Elmo party hats left over from her Birthday party. And her present was a sing along Elmo book. This was the cheapest potty party ever. And she loved every minute of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old daughter did not have poty problems she would dilliberatly go pooppoo in her panties. Finally i read this book and she is know well potty trained at the age 8
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I was a bit skeptical when I read that I could really train my stubborn 2.5 year old boy to be potty trained in ONE day... but, much to my delight, IT WORKED. I followed all the steps the author outlined, as well as purchasing the doll that goes potty when you squeeze it's tummy. I made up my own party theme for my son's potty party (Firetrucks! and Firemen!), but got some great ideas from the party theme games that the author suggests in the back section of the book. One thing that is AWESOME that I read in this book is how to have your little boy use a public restroom toilet. ...I mean, there are no "splash guards" on those toilets! (something I never even thought about before training my son)... The author suggests to face your son backwards on the toilet seat and just hold onto him. .. YEP! So simple, but effective. ..My son's been doing the backwards sit in public restrooms now for over a month and it's a WIN. ... so that's just one of the little tid-bits of awesome that this book contains. My son had his potty party on a Monday and on Tuesday he was accident free! My mother was the only one who seemed disappointed that this book worked for me (WHAT?! Mom's advice didn't work?! Nope. Not with my stubborn child..). This author is definitely up-to date and knows what will work for potty training toddlers and their moms/dads :)
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grantsmomma More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book from a friend that used it to potty train her son over 6 years ago. Thankfully, she remembered the name of the book and I was able to find it. I read it cover to cover and then got started. You really need to read the WHOLE book before starting to potty training otherwise you will not be able to really do it "right" the first time. I recommend this book to any Mom that mentions she is wondering how to start the whole potty training thng. The book is very informative, is based on positive reinforcement and truly works in a few hours. I really agree with the author that once you start the potty training process that you need to stick to it! Don't give up and don't put your child back in diapers. It confuses them. They don't know if they are supposed to be a "big kid" or a "baby." We used Pull Ups at nap time and bedtime. He had never used them before so they seemed like big kid pants to him. During the day around the house we used regular boxer briefs and when we went out somewhere we used Pull Ups with the boxers over top. Overall, I love this book. It works and helps you get the job done in a timely manner with out major hassles. Hope all my rambling helps! :) Good luck!