Thursday, January 8, 2009

Potty Training

I'm finally ready to re-start Wendy's potty training. I put it off for awhile because I was so sick, and then didn't want to start right before the holidays, so here we are in January. If I want to accomplish anything before the Jumping Bean's arrival, we've got to start ASAP!!

Maybe it's just a nervous first-time potty-trainer thing, but I really want to get a book or two & read about different approaches, first. There are a couple of books I'm looking at; if you have experience with either of these (or other guides, for that matter) will you please let me know in the comments?

The first one is Toilet Training in Less Than a Day, by Nathan Azrin. It's from the 1970s, and apparently it's worked for lots of people. A huge benefit is that the book is cheap & short - it would be easy to buy & read quickly.

The other book is Stress-Free Potty Training, by Sarah Au & Peter Stavinoha. The "stress-free" part sounds awfully good to me. The main appeal of this book is that it has several different approaches, since kids have different temperaments & personalities. Since our only attempt so far has been unsuccessful, maybe there's a good strategy out there that would fit Wendy perfectly.

Anyway, if you have any suggestions for good books about potty training, or have specific advice regarding these two books, please let me know! I'll probably go to the bookstore tomorrow & see what I can find!


Nichole said...

We tried the Azrin book, and it went terribly. (Here's that tale of woe.) But! My mother-in-law used it with two of her three kids, two of my sister-in-law's kids and with Piper. And it worked. I'm not sure why we had such a terrible time with it, but I can tell you that it works for some people. I'm planning on having her train Graham, too. :)

pinkmommy said...

Our strategy with the Princess was M&M's. Everyone in the house got 1 for #1 and 2 for, well, you know. She would get mad when mommy and daddy got and M&M and she didn't. It worked like a charm!