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Oh Crap! Potty Training

Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right
Written by: Jamie Glowacki
Narrated by: Meredith Mitchell
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Let Jamie Glowacki show you how potty training is done. Her six-step, proven process to get your toddler out of diapers and onto the toilet has already worked for 10s of thousands of kids and their parents.

Here's the good news: your child is probably ready to be potty trained earlier than you think (ideally, between 20 - 30 months), and it can be done faster than you expect. If you've ever said to yourself:

  • How do I know if my kid is ready?
  • Why won't my child poop in the potty?
  • How do I avoid "potty power struggles"?
  • How can I get their daycare provider on board?
  • My kid was doing so well - why is he regressing?
  • And what about nighttime?!

Oh Crap! Potty Training can solve all of these (and other) common issues. This isn't theory, you're not bribing with candy, and there are no gimmicks. This is real-world, from-the-trenches potty training information - all the questions and all the answers you need to do it once and be done with diapers for good.

©2015 Jamie Glowacki (P)2015 Tantor

What the critics say

" Oh Crap! Potty Training will equip parents to successfully walk their young children through the pottying process." (Andrea Nair, author of Connect Four)

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I’m sure the “method” works. The other themselves states there is no real method, but I’ve heard it works. However, this person is not a formal expert. She spends at least three chapters going off about how lazy parents potty train after 2.5 and that waiting for them to be ready is a myth. She even touches on breastfeeding as other parenting topics with a ton of criticism. She is a self proclaimed “expert” and wildly judgemental at best. Wish I didn’t waste a credit.

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A must for potty training!

This book provides a very easy to follow guide to potty training with a gentle approach and plenty of options based on the child's age. #Audible1

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Potty pro in a weekend

I was still feeling nervous about potty training my son because the last time I tried he would run away screaming in tears at the tiniest mention of potty. Using glowacki’s method I felt confident and empowered to get it done this time. I started on a Saturday morning and it’s now Tuesday night. Little man pees and poos without any help, he goes all on his own and hardly needs any prodding at all. He wipes his tushie and I can tell feels so much like a big boy. No treats or candies to con him into doing it, just praise when he does a good job. I’ve used exactly one paper towel to clean up a partial floor pee, which he held and then ran to the potty right after it started and one sheet change when he stayed in bed late one morning. I’M THRILLED to say the least! Make this program work for you, remember she says in the book that it’s just a guide and you will find your diaper freedom. My only complaint is that now my child loves to run the house completely naked due to block one... but I’m totally okay with that.

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Realistic and it works!

We used this method with our 28 month old boy and it’s worked great! There are definitely hard days at the beginning but we’re 3 weeks in and just had our 6th accident free day in a row! Appreciate the realistic talk!

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This made potty training a breeze!

I was so nervous about training our 24 month old, but after this book, I felt confident to tackle this challenge. After following her guidelines, it was way easier than I ever imagined. I found her language really helped me communicate with my child, without giving my daughter the option of saying 'no'.

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great method

This helped us get our twins potty trained. One took to the method right away and the other took considerable time but I felt the method helped both - one of my kids (boy) needed extra time because he just couldn't feel his body when he had to go.

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Highly Recommended

We are not yet potty training, but this book has helped me figure what we need to work on to be ready, and I will definitely be listening to this book at least once more before we start potty training. it has so much valuable information, I highly recommend it

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Very helpful!

Followed the advice from the Oh Crap Potty Training book and trained our 27th month old son in a week :) super helpful advice!

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  • JP
  • 2019-06-15

No more diapers! Great book!

It only take 5 days for my 28 month old son! He is fully trained Day and night! No more diapers! Highly recommended!

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very helpful and funny to read

really informative and funny. very straightforward and addresses many questions a parent might have. the author makes you feel confident in being able to potty train your child.

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  • Daniel Abrams
  • 2018-01-31

Great Content! Wished for Table of Contents

I thought this book had great value and wished I'd read it a year or two earlier. Great insights and points to be made. I loved the fact that this was written to be direct for people to flip to what they need, and in a natural order.

Audio, however, wasn't so conducive to that. I think this is a book I'd prefer a book of, for a change. I just listened to the whole thing straight through and I know it'll be hard to refer to if I want to look back and review something later, vs. a book

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  • jamespf
  • 2018-04-08

Audiobook is missing chapters and the table of contents has no chapter titles

The audio book is missing the dads cheer sheet and the parents cheat sheet contained in the print book.

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  • Katrina
  • 2016-01-25

Very snarky and anti-parent

This book was hard to listen to. It's one of the only books I wish I would have gotten in print so I could skim over the condescending parts. One whole chapter seemed to say (and I'm paraphrasing here) 'if you don't succeed with my methods it's not my fault. It's you, and you need to take a hard look at your parenting skills.' It was hard to listen to when you're just trying to do the best for your kid and she seemed to already condemn you to failure.

That being said 98% of people on line seem to have great success with this method. We were the 2%. Despite being in the correct 'head space' (as she calls it) we had problems that weren't even mentioned until the end of the book. When the issues were mentioned she said that we were probably making the problems up as only .1% of the kids she works with have said problems. We tried and tried for multiple, naked, miserable days and couldn't get past them. When I went online looking for help any of her forums had a $40 fee per week just to look, let alone post.

We finally decided that our kid is either in this small minority of kids (whom she labels as 'hopeless' with her method) or we were doing something wrong despite our best efforts. We're not sure as we couldn't find anywhere to ask.

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  • Amanda
  • 2017-02-16

I wish I would have had this book with my first.

Would you consider the audio edition of Oh Crap! Potty Training to be better than the print version?

It was great being able to listen to it while doing the many other things I needed to get done. So for that reason alone, yes, it's better than the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oh Crap! Potty Training?

The perfect time to potty train is earlier than your mom-friends will think. Jamie says somewhere between 18-22 months is perfect and I wish I would have followed my instinct with my first child when he was that age.

What about Meredith Mitchell’s performance did you like?

Her voice is great for the content. I could almost hear her smiling.

What did you learn from Oh Crap! Potty Training that you would use in your daily life?

I learned to potty train my 18mon old. Everyone thought I was crazy. I followed Jamie's structured approach, and it worked! I don't need to change diapers in my daily life anymore. Win!

Any additional comments?

I originally got this book to help my 3-year-old from having "accidents" daily. The book helped us work through that AND it helped me to potty train my 18-mon old in about a week. I couldn't believe it. Her method actually works. This is the only potty training book you need.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-05-08

drawn out but good

this is a good how to on potty training for parents who are nervous about finding a place to start. my little one was trained in less than a week with the advice and I didnt even finish the book. There is a bunch of filler and honestly made the book drawn out to the point where I gave up halfway in and took the few bits of advice I did get out of it and used it. Yes this was a big help, but be prepared to listen to hours of rambling and repetition.

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  • messie
  • 2015-09-18

Do yourself a favor and buy this book!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely because it helped us potty train our son

What was one of the most memorable moments of Oh Crap! Potty Training?

The internal FU

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Oh Crap! Potty Training?

Don't shortchange little boys

Any additional comments?

My wife and I have been trying to potty train our three year old for the last year and a half. We've been off and on trying to find the right time for him and his particular needs. As you may have guessed, we have completely failed at training this kid up until this point.

Then, after a little research on which book to buy, I decided to get this guide to potty training hoping we could finally figure this shit out (pun intended). It's been about three weeks since I started reading the book, I'm still a little less than half way through it, and my son is already potty trained and doing amazing!! I can't believe how much this book helped me (cause the problems were definitely coming more from me than my son) and how quickly we were able to see success. He still has little accident every now and then but we are seeing steady progression and I'm so proud of my little man.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are struggling with toilet training your toddler or if you're the type of person that benefits from a specific strategy to get things done then do yourself a favor and get this book!

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  • PK
  • 2019-04-12

Judgemental and wordy

The author really likes judging people and alienating fathers - instead of apologizing for alienating fathers, how about not doing it in the first place? This book also could have been 1/4 as long and had the same amount of content. I regret spending time listening to this low-content book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-10

Good concepts, piss poor delivery

The book has some great concepts but the author comes across as pompous so it's hard to not question her merit. The author does not establish research and facts that support her claims. She taps solely into her experiences to support her claims. She also comes across as snarky and judgmental at times. That said, some of the concepts are very good and it does lay out the steps in sequence to take.The biggest take away that I got from the book is, it takes practice so be vigilant and have patience.

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  • SS
  • 2019-12-26

Do not use this to potty train!

Terribly written. Doesn’t provide any actual useful information. Writer is snooty, condescending, intolerant and just arrogant. It’s not the kind of teaching parents with young children should have around them. There’s other potty training books out there that do offer proper step by sort techniques and are written by someone with proper use of language and thought.

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  • Rachel Frances Small
  • 2019-08-12

excellent advice. super judgy.

this was incredibly helpful for the Practical information. The author is humorous but sometimes her humor can sound really judgy if you aren't already following her instructions. But if you use a thick skin and read it, it works really well, at least for us. just listening to chapter 5 will give you most of the information that you need. Please note that on Audible chapter 5 is listed as chapter 6

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