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Mommy! I Have to Go Potty!

by Jan Faull, M.Ed. and Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N.

illustrated by Rebekah Strecker Trusty

Reviews and Comments

Parents praise this practical guide

“The best potty training book out there! I bought several potty books. . .This is the only one that shared real-life training struggles and gave me the solution for stopping the ‘accidents.’ If you only buy one potty training book, buy this one!”
“A really good, common-sense approach. . .No gimmicks or magic tricks.”
“Really liked the advice on problem situations such as power struggles. . .”
“Both smart and practical.. . .I felt so at ease knowing what signs of readiness to look for. . .I also knew that if my child wasn’t ready, I could back off and try again later.”

Comments about the first edition:

“This is one of the best potty-training resources out there, and I have read many! I have a two-and-a-half year old, and it has been tough going, until recently.”
“Highly recommended! Written in an easy to read manner, plenty of real-life experiences that readers can relate to, and covers the essentials of potty training.”
“I love this book because it focuses on the child’s achievement, desire and success.”
“I’ve obsessively read at least ten books on potty training (and all the sections in all the ‘big’ toddler books), and yours has saved my sanity. I recommend it constantly. . . . It’s definitely the best book out there.”
“What convinced me about the validity of this book was the author’s [statement that] ‘potty training is the child’s achievement and victory, not yours.’ All the advice in the book is based on understanding your child’s readiness, needs and personality, and adapting potty training accordingly.”
“This book works, even better than I imagined! This book gave me confidence as a first time potty trainer and more importantly, a place to start!”
“A true godsend, a book that offers tips and suggestions, not a strict training ‘plan.’ The ‘Stories from the Bathroom’ that detail other parents’ experiences are terrific!”
“Gave me so many new ideas on how to approach the subject. I used a lot of the techniques set out by the book.”
“I chose this book because it wasn’t overly technical, it gave several choices on how to approach training your child (what works best for your family, schedule, and style), and had many testimonials. My son was potty trained within three weeks. Not a single accident after a year.”

Reviewers also praise the book:

“With advice on dealing with the wide array of challenges that inevitably appear during this tough process for the child, Mommy! I Have to Go Potty is a strong choice for any parent who dreads those challenges.”
Midwest Book Review
“This clear, step-by-step method to toilet training will take your child from diapers to dry nights using a commonsense approach.”
Better Homes & Gardens
“The secret to training your child with success.”
Family Fun
“A must for parents and daycare workers. . .informative, easy-to-follow, thorough and peppered with actual experiences. . .”
Copley News Service

Health care providers recommend it, too

About this revised second edition, they say:

“Very comprehensive and well written.”
—Peter Levine, M.D., pediatrician, Walnut Creek CA
“A very rational approach to the universal ritual of potty training. [The authors’] common sense, websites, references and anecdotes all merge to provide a reassuring and encouraging approach. Mommy! I Have to Go Potty! is a very logical starting point . . . . It is also a useful reference for those who have already begun the training and are not experiencing success.”
—Gary Spector, M.D., Polyclinic Pediatrics, an associate clinical professor, University of Washington Department of Pediatrics; and staff pediatrician, Seattle Children’s Hospital
“Offers valuable support to parents who are embarking upon the process of toilet training their child. Effectively identifies and addresses the issues of a child’s physical, intellectual, emotional, and social readiness . . . . Helps parents understand the role that a child’s temperament plays in this process . . . . Extremely helpful information and sound advice on the how-to’s of teaching a child to use the potty. An easy-to-read, concise, and very well-written manual guiding parents to teach their little ones to master one of the highly important independent tasks of childhood.”
—Nancy Glass-Quattrin, RN, BSN, BCIAC
Encopresis Treatment Center, Edmonds, WA

Examples of the health care centers recommending the original edition are:

  • University of Michigan Health System
  • Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Harbor Regional Center, Torrance CA, which serves people with developmental disabilities and their families
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Useful for 18 months–8 years
176 pages
$14.95 paperback

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About the Authors:
Jan Faull, M.Ed.
Helen F. Neville, B.S., R.N.

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Last updated June 09, 2014