- Paperback: 106 pages
- Publisher: Althea Press (15 November 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623157900
- ISBN-13: 978-1623157906
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 0.8 x 20.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 204 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,049 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Potty Training in 3 Days Paperback – 15 November 2016
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"I LOVED this book and the advice that came along with it...It's a quick, easy read. We're on day three of potty training and feeling AMAZING. Brandi gave me the knowledge I needed and the confidence boost to make it happen. My son just turned two and is feeling SO proud of himself. Highly recommended!"--Shannon Atwater
"The methods in this book work amazingly! It's a short read for busy parents who don't have time to read a long drawn out how-to guide. We are through the first day and had hardly any accidents! I'm so happy we chose this book for potty training our kiddo!"--Amazon customer
"I am so proud of my [3 year old] daughter and so glad that I found this book. I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about potty training and willing to dedicate 3 full days to the effort. It was not fun but it was so rewarding."--Candice C.
"I was terrified of potty training. This book was quick to read and set me up for my long weekend boot camp, only to find that my son caught on in the first 3 hours of this miracle system! Give this a try!"--J Taylor
Parents Who Have Worked with Brandi Say...
I'm so grateful for the information that Brandi gave me and my family! Her knowledge was priceless. This book will make any parent feel like a hero!
- Jenn Taylor
Brandi's potty training system fit perfectly into our family's regular routine. And best of all... it works! She left everyone feeling happy, and kept the underpants dry for good.
After the disastrous experience I had potty training my oldest son, I was dreading the process of potty training my twins. Brandi accomplished in three days what took me nine months the first time.
Per Brandi's suggestion we devoted 3 days home to the process. My son was completely trained within those three days with minimal accidents after. I will most definitely use her plan to potty train my daughter next year!
Brandi made potty training easy with a step by step plan. Not only that, I started training Addison's younger sister at the same time, and she is doing wonderfully, too! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
--Betsy, John, Addison, and Samantha Hinojosa
About the Author
BRANDI BRUCKS, CPST, is the director of Your Village Consulting. She holds a master's degree in Elementary Education from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. As a Potty Training Consultant and Behavior Specialist, she has taught thousands of children how to use the toilet.
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I followed the instructions mostly, including giving juice and food reward for pee and poo in toilet. Although it's unhealthy, it's only for a few days and if it works it's so worth it.
A negative for this book is that it's short on training to poo. If it had more info on this then I will give 5 star.
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Further, we'd read many rave reviews about the program. We also read reviews stating that it absolutely did not work for some children... but those negative reviews seemed to be the minority. Furthermore, my husband and I don't do things halfway...so, we figured that the negative reviews were just from people who didn't try hard enough/didn't give it 100%.
After reading the book twice, we set aside 4 whole days (Labor Day weekend 2018). My husband tended to our infant, our pets, cooking and cleaning, etc. My attention was 100% (ONE HUNDRED PERCENT) on our toddler every single second that he was awake. Ours was the absolute model of implementation. We had some success in the first couple of days (pees, and then poops, in the potty), and our son was hugely excited. But then - just as quickly - he seemed to be 'over' it. He started to have fun peeing where he pleased, trying to get one past me (even though my eyes were glued to him, and I always sprinted him right to the potty). To him, it was a game. Then, he stopped pooping in the potty altogether. He would just hold it for hours until he was in his 'nighttime underwear' (...exactly as some other reviewers had stated...though I'd dismissed at the time:/).
He had shown every sign of readiness for a couple months before we started training (at 2.5 years), and he was extremely excited at first. We talked it up for weeks, and were BEYOND over-the-top with praise. We cordoned off a part of the house where he had preferred drinks and foods and played preferred games with me. We praised non-stop. We gave one gummy snack (his favorite) for pee in the potty, and two for poop. After the 4 intensive days that we'd allotted (i.e., an extra day just in case), we'd only had spotty success (i.e., when our toddler felt like it), so my husband took more days off of work so we could continue. (I work from home part-time, but also took time off.) After 10 truly intensive days (e.g., saying "Tell me when you need to go potty" every 10 seconds our toddler was awake), we finally contacted the author for assistance. It took a full week to get the following reply: that we could always just put our son back in diapers and try again in 3 months. We were floored. We inquired back about the promised questionnaire and phone consultation, and never got another reply.
A few weeks ago, we ended up having a bunch of lab tests run because our toddler's poop had become an abnormal color (cream-colored), and there was a large mass in his abdomen. The mass turned out to be a huge amount of poop that he was simply holding in/refusing to pass. The doctor had us put him on daily Miralax to try to force it out, with only some success. He goes many days (still) without pooping - and, when he does go, it's in his nighttime underwear only. It's clearly about power and control for him.
It has been a miserable 2+ months for our family. Our toddler is very bright, and possibly (we see now) more headstrong than most, but he is by no means an abnormal child. He has consistently responded to behavioral shaping and reinforcement techniques in every other aspect of life. There was absolutely no indication that this would be a problem for him. I do trust that we're in the minority with especially headstrong toddlers who want to exert control over potty training - but, considering the other reviews I saw, it can't be that uncommon. And after all of the guarantees the author gave, and the assurances that she would be there to help if 10 days passed without success, all she could say was 'maybe try again in 3 months' (after her whole book emphasized never turning back). When we contacted her back about the promised questionnaire and phone consultation, there was radio silence. We feel taken advantage of; lied to; duped. And our son (who has another follow-up appointment with a doctor in a couple days, to try to clear his bowels) is worse off for the experience.
If you have a perfectly compliant child who has never challenged anything in his/her life, this may work wonderfully for you. If there's any chance your toddler has a rebellious streak, please take this review as a warning... i.e. read it with the weight I should have given the negative reviews I read. I don't know what to suggest as an alternative... I guess try to find a program that will *ACTUALLY* offer troubleshooting help, in case you end up needing it. I'd incorrectly believed this was that program. Maybe my first clue should have been the fact that the author repeatedly tells readers to contact her immediately for help...but never provides her contact information in the book. (I found her email after a few minutes of internet searching.)
It provided us with some very sound advice to start something that I felt a bit overwhelmed at just the thought of!! We followed most of the advice and in three days we went from having a three year old who was absolutely adamant that she was not giving her nappies up and that the toilet was too scary- to her successfully using the toilet (on her own, wiping herself, washing hands with no assistance..). She’s seeming a lot more confident too which is so lovely to see. Completely worth it!!
1) Books that say a kid is ready at 22 months should say "physically" they are ready. You cannot force any child to be "ready" just by their age.
2) This book was very lacking in advice on what to do when the child refuses to sit on the potty at all and what to do/not to do in many circumstances that come up.
In general the techniques employed by 3 day potty training assume that a) the kid is willing or is compliant enough to listen to you and b) will tell you they need to go and c) are willing to sit on the potty for any length of time. My child is none of these things.
This book in particular says no tv because the kid will just release while they're watching and won't be paying attention to their body cues. Another book said you can watch tv as long as you're next to your child. Either way, it makes zero difference to a child who doesn't understand their body cues OR who doesn't care if they pee themselves OR who just refuses to tell you they need to pee because they just don't want to go in a potty. Bottom line is, I have tried 2 long weekends using 2 similar 3 day potty training directions to a tee - and ended up with nothing but 2 wasted long weekends and a feeling of failure and disappointment. Yes we had lots of fun spending quality time with our child, but we also missed out on playground trips, going out to eat, having fun outside of the home environment, all because we believed the books when they told us things will "click" by the end of the 3rd day if we maintained the consistency and positivity. And if things DON"T click then it's because we didn't do everything they said or we left it too late.
Things didn't click by the end of the 3rd day. Things haven't clicked by the end of the first week. Every kid is different and promising results with this 3 day potty training technique for EVERY KID is unrealistic and sets the parent up for failure. Try it out, but don't blame yourself if it doesn't work and just try different things.
And after reading this book, which took barely any time, I followed the steps and within 3 days he was 90% potty trained.
We still had a few accidents but that's to be expected.
The book is well written and easy to follow. I found that following the guidelines in this book, was easier than I thought it would be.
Just wish I had bought it sooner