When my friend Amanda posted in our Facebook group that she was reading the best book, she peaked my interested. She went on to describe it as funny and interesting. You can imagine my surprise when I realized she was talking about a book on potty training! It’s called Oh Crap, Potty Training by Jamie Glowacki. (affiliate links)
I had never even thought about potty training with BabyE at 20 months, but she assured me that anywhere from 20 to 30 months old was the ideal time to do it. Up until then I had been wondering how I would hack it changing, washing, sorting, and storing two sets of cloth diapers after the new baby arrives. It never ever crossed my mind that there might actually be another way.
Of course, the book can be entertaining as all get out, but what you really want to know is if it works. Here’s our experience implementing the potty training process and tips recommended in the book.
Pre-potty training To Do List
- Pre-make meals and snacks in single-serving containers.
- Barricade kitchen to keep toddler on an easily washable surface.
- Separate out washable toys
- Clear social calendar, not hard to do in a one-car family.
- Make plenty of All Purpose Cleaner for accidents.
Day one of potty training felt a little like a police stakeout. You sit and watch intently for hours and nothing happens. Your vision blurs. Your eyelids get heavy. You snack anxiously and wonder if anything is ever going to happen.A full two hours after ditching the diapers, BabyE still had not made his move. Then all of a sudden, some squatting, some toots, and I missed all the action.The rest of the day went a bit better. After two hours of nothing, he decided to make up for lost time by peeing every twenty minutes for the rest of the day. The upside was that it gave us a lot of opportunities to practice our potty skills.
I really did need to hand the responsibility over to him just like Jamie said. He was more than capable.He asked to poop on the potty and actually did it!! What?!
Jamie lays out an option to either potty training during the day first and eventually add in naps and night time to to do it all at once. We opted to get it all over with at one time. In a momentous mommy ceremony, I washed the diapers and packed them away for the new baby. We were not going back.E continued to make progress everyday. He got the pee thing down as long as I prompted him. He also learned he was supposed to poop in the potty, and told me when he needed to go, but it was a bit of a struggle for him to actually do it once we got there. Who can blame him? It’s was so different from what he was used to.We had one accident at the end of the night, but cutting back on liquids earlier in the day took care of it.This potty training was really just a time commitment over the first day. It’s was already SO much easier by Day 4! AND hello I hadn’t changed a diaper in 4 days! So weird!
At some point I realized that I had stopped seeing my child as a ticking time bomb waiting to explode or at least spring a slow leak. Things were getting back to normal. He played, I wrote, and we did chores together. We went outside to play and for walks.
We went down to one wake up at night and he was still dry on the morning of Day 8. That was also the first morning he had an easy poop on the potty. Before that it took four or five tries of half an hour each to get it out. It was so hard to watch!
Title Image by thejbird on Flikr.
Potty Training and Beyond
Oh Crap, Potty Training!
The book is very entertaining and a quick read. In fact you only need to read the first five chapters to get started. If you don’t run into many problems, you probably won’t have to visit most of the later chapters at all. If you do, then every question you could possible have is answered there.
If you are sensitive to a little language or potty jokes just cover your eyes for those parts. Jamie is in fact a hilarious writer, which is a nice feature for this sometimes stressful subject matter.
Quite possibly the best thing about this PDF eBook is that it’s actually formatted for an e-reader rather than a letter-sized sheet of paper. Almost no other PDF eBook I’ve read to date has had this amazing feature. Of course, you can read it right on your computer screen too.
You can buy Oh Crap, Potty Training! on Jamie’s website. It’s only $15, but it’s worth about a million! (It’s not available on Amazon or in bookstores.)
Seriously, get the book. Read it. Do exactly what Jamie says. It will work. (PS. In case you were wondering, I don’t profit in any way for book sales. Update: Jamie has recently opened an affiliate program and I joined, but I whole-heartedly recommended this book to everyone I know both online and off for well over a year without any compensation. It’s really that great.)