Oh Crap! A potty training book review

I promised myself early on in this blogging adventure, that I would keep Spencer’s potty training off the internet. And except for some vague-booking and uuugghhh underpants like sub-tweeting, I succeeded. Good thing too. I could have filled books about that nightmare. I swore I wouldn’t have the same issues with Truman (still keeping his potty problems off the net, though).

I didn’t really have a plan except not what I did the other time (or failed to do. Let’s just say winging it didn’t work). Right when I was just thinking that maybe we should maybe start thinking about attempting potty training with kiddo #2 (heh), an offer to review Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right came along. Enormously long title to type non-withstanding, I said yes. Quickly.

Oh Crap! Potty Training

Oh Crap! Potty Training is a fantastic little potty training book. And trust me I have read more than quite a few.  Author Jamie Glowacki sets forth a straightforward potty training plan, with the initial focus being on consistency and commitment (from the parent.) There is also a myths and misconceptions section and I learned some things there. I totally believed that girls were easier to potty train than boys, but it isn’t true. I KNOW lots of people with girls and those girls were potty trained way earlier than Spencer so it must be true, right? Wrong. My dad used to say it best: the plural of anecdote is not fact*.

Potty training books tend to fall in a few categories, like myer-briggs for baby butts. This one is a BCNPBlock method, going Commando, No pull-ups, Little Potties. (As opposed to bootcamp methods or training pants methods or… I don’t know. I just wanted to make an acronym.) If you don’t want a naked baby butt running around your house, this might not be the book for you.

I am definitely giving it a shot though. Oh Crap! Potty Training mentions 20-30 months as the ideal age, so I have a few months to go before we start.  I’ll let you know how it goes! The book makes it seem possible and mostly not terrifying. Mostly.

I am going to end this with a quiz:

What do I regret most about this blog post?

A. Showing up in search results for “naked baby butt”

B. Not figuring out a way to naturally work “Spoiler Alert: Babies Poop” in to this post.


D. All of the above

E. A and B but not C

F. B and C but not A

G. None of the Above

H. I forget what eight was for

*I’m sure this is a really quote and my dad didn’t make it up. He was a master of the slightly off quotation.

Disclosure: I received this book for review and no other compensation. So I used an amazon affiliate link up there. PAYBACK. Make me some pennies blogpost! Heh. Also the answer to the quiz is E but mostly B

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2 Responses to “Oh Crap! A potty training book review”

  1. […] Roll Up Bib, the divided plate and the Sit Right potty seat. I didn’t test the potty seat because we aren’t quite there yet, but it looks like a nice one. Much better than the random Dora one Spencer picked out a few years […]

  2. Jeana says:

    Not for the next twelve days, yor&182#7;ue not! Haha, I have a new recipe coming every day for the 12 days of cookie exchange!In all seriousness, though, I hope your diet goes well!


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