Infant Potty Training is based on an elimination training technique used in much of Asia, Africa and South America. In the book, the method has been adapted to the Western lifestyle in various ways, while still maintaining a natural and gentle approach. The word "training" is used in the positive sense of a loving exchange of communication and teaching/learning between mother and baby.
For this comprehensive work, the author has scoured the world for proof that her infant potty training method really works . . . and to the ultimate benefit of babies, parents and environment. The book contains stage-by-stage guidelines, amazing photos from around the world, testimonials by practicing parents, medical opinions by doctors and pediatricians, guidelines for late-starters and much more. The book also provides historical writings on early training, dispels all the classical myths about infant pottying, and discusses the changes in child-raising philosophies that instigated the Western world's move away from this traditional means of toilet learning.
Background. Infant potty training, like many things in life, begins with conditioning. It can be approached in a rational and scientific manner as well as an intuitive one or a combination of both, depending on what works best for you and your baby. The rational approach involves timing and observation of elimination patterns and baby body language. The more instinctive approach involves intuition and "tuning in" to your baby in more subtle ways. Both approaches are discussed in detail.
Updates to second edition:
- a chapter for late-starters (families starting with babies over 6 months old)
- a long and detailed section on "potty pauses" and "potty strikes"
- a selection of favorable Western medical opinions
- a greatly expanded list of elimination signals given by babies
- more information on the "sensitive period" for infant potty training
- additional photos from around the world
- new testimonials, including one by the American mother of a 10-month-old graduate
Note: If you are the type of person who wants to learn everything you can get your hands on about a topic you're interested in, this is the version of Laurie's book that you want, along with Ingrid Bauer's Diaper Free! If you prefer a quick, "cut to the chase" how-to guide with fewer details, you may prefer Laurie's other book, Infant Potty Basics.