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Monday, March 31, 2008

Early-Start Potty Training by Dr. Linda Sonna

Below is the exact text of an article originally written by Carol Mell of the Albuquerque Journal about Dr. Linda Sonna's book 'Early-Start Potty Training.'

In 'The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers,' I discuss the merits of toilet training early. Many of my opinions were backed by research done by Dr. Sonna about Dr. Brazelton and the diaper industry. The book is a fascinating read, and the author of this article summarizes it well.


January 26, 2006

Squabble Over Potty Training
By Carol Mell

For the Albuquerque Journal

THE TAOS HUM: Some of us squabble with the garbage man, and some of us take on the military-industrial complex. In a quiet valley near Taos, author and psychologist Linda Sonna is challenging the great baby guru, physician Barry Brazelton, and his corporate sponsors on the subject of potty training.

The question is not if but when. In her new book, "Early-Start Potty Training," Sonna, who has written a dozen books for parents with children of every age, maintains that everything the establishment told us about when to potty train is a load of (fill in your favorite expletive) served up to get us to buy disposable diapers for an ever-longer time.

"The notion that later (training) is better has been pushed by pediatric spokesmen for the industry since the 1960s," Sonna wrote. "Delaying has been a boon for the corporate bottom line. The truth about the ability of young toddlers and babies to learn to use the potty may be one of the best-kept secrets in America."

Sonna studied the work of Dr. Benjamin Spock who wrote the baby bibles of the 1940s and 1950s and those of Pampers-promoting Brazelton, "a Harvard professor turned infomercial star."

"Spock used to say younger was better, 14 months was considered late for training," said Sonna. "In 1961 everything changed and Spock began quoting Brazelton. That was the year Brazelton signed up with Procter & Gamble. He came out saying it was cruel to train babies too early."

She says with the production and marketing of ever-larger diapers, experts claim even 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds can remain untrained if they have not demonstrated that "mysterious state of readiness."

"The knowledge that it is possible to train early has been completely wiped out," Sonna said. "Babies are born signaling, the way they do when they are hungry. Think about it. Giving a signal that it's time to eliminate is a baby's survival tool. They need to be in a warm dry place with others. If they were always wet that wouldn't happen. It is up to us to learn to read the signals."

Sonna lays out a plan for training babies from birth. Parents who recognize their baby's cues simply hold them over the pot, making a little noise like "pss, pss" as a signal.

Diaperless babies are a fad, Sonna said, but she takes a gentler approach. For most babies, 6 to 12 months is perfect. If it sounds crazy, even Sonna had to switch paradigms.

"When I was writing my first book on potty training I thought it sounded cruel to start a baby so early. I was mystified by diaperless training, but I read it, and it all fell into place. In Mexico, there were women with naked babies in their rebozos that were never wet. I had seen it in China, too."

In Taos she heard Hispanic parents talking. To them, "right on schedule" meant fully trained at 12 months.

She wrote an early training chapter for her first book in 2002, but the editors cut it out. No one could get an article in a baby magazine because they were published by the disposables industry, Sonna said. Now, totally diaperless training, though treated in the media as a freak show idea, got the word out that early training is possible. Sonna's complaint was that other books didn't talk about hygiene, the real reason for potty training.

"If your elderly parent sat in a dirty diaper you'd be horrified," she said, "but Brazelton views parents' willingness to allow youngsters to wet and soil themselves for a couple of extra years as a sign of respect for their bodies." If your children are too old for diapers and you are still too young, why should you care? Because diapers are the third leading component of the nation's landfills, said Sonna. If you add to the tons of untreated sewage the fact that diapers are made of trees and toxic chemicals, the environmental picture is not pretty.

Sonna has friends in China who tell her that the disposable push is on there with the attendant advice to wait. This is bad news in a country where infant and toddler clothing was simply made with a big opening in the crotch to make things easy. "The world will be drowning in untreated waste," said Sonna.

With eight books in five years, Sonna feels "Early-Start Potty Training" and "Parent's Guide to Raising Siblings," due out in April, are her gifts to the world.

"For little me to take on a multimillion dollar corporation, the biggest in the world, was scary but I'm getting an amazing response. The book is selling well. "

Check out www.DrSonna.org to see this and other books.

Carol Mell is a freelance writer who lives in Taos, NM. You can email her at taoshum@msn.com.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Video: The Naked Nurser

If you need a humor break from your potty training, take a minute to watch this hilarious video!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Potty Training a Child With Down Syndrome

Potty training for children with Down's syndrome can be challenging. Parents of these sweet children are often stumped about when to begin training.

Below are some general guidelines about when to start the training process with intellectually disabled children. (Taken from the website 'Down Syndrome and Beyond' at http://www.cdadc.com/ )

  • If the child's IQ is 70, start training at age 3
  • If the child's IQ is 50, start training at age 4
For far more information about toilet training children with disabilities, please visit the Down Syndrome and Beyond page on toilet training at
http://www.cdadc.com/ds/potty_training.htm .

I am certainly no expert on this topic but the authors of this website certainly have extensive knowledge, tips, and advice. Their experience seems to be from first-hand knowledge - they are also raising a child with Down's Syndrome. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Read an Excerpt from "The Potty Boot Camp"

If you are interested in learning more about 'The Potty Boot Camp,' a downloadable excerpt is now available to preview. To visit the sample, please click the following link:


Want to read more? In the full version of the book, the following topics are discussed:

* Eight activities you should do before you ever even start potty training.
* The most important concept your child needs to understand before commencing training.
* The best potty training product on the market that eliminates "power struggles" between you and your child.
* Why having your child wear pull-ups is the worst thing you can do when toilet training.

You'll also be taught the actual "Boot Camp" technique:

* How your child will completely understand the concept of needing to put their pee and poop into the potty by the end of the first day of training.
* Learn techniques to keep your child entertained on the potty.
* Learn how to make the progression from "potty training" to "potty trained" and how to not get discouraged during the process.
* How to handle the stubborn child.
* Steps to take if your training doesn't go as planned.
* Helpful techniques and products that will keep your child's motivation high throughout the training process.

Bonus Topics Include:

* The Potty "Poop" Camp - a method to use when your child is fully potty trained except for #2.
* How to handle regression in a formerly "trained" child.
* The true meaning of "potty trained" and what are realistic expectations for you to have of your toddler.
* Why you should consider potty training before the age of two.

'The Potty Boot Camp: Basic Training for Toddlers' is a short, no-nonsense, to-the-point and straightforward method of toilet training. The eBook download is available from Booklocker.com: www.booklocker.com/books/3161.htm

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Best Potty Chair???

Based on this rave review, I'd certainly think this is a good training potty to try:

The MOST SUCCESS of them all!, July 25, 2005
E. Dustin "dustin8115"We are currently training our 2nd child. With our first, we had 3 in diapers, giving us MAJOR motivation to get him potty trained, so we tried almost every seat out there. Most of them were okay, but just got nasty quckly, were hard to disinfect, or were uncomfortable for my son. The ones with the removable splash gaurd are not gentle and can scrape a child's sensitive parts. Those were awful.

We were "potty training" for a full year before we finally saw the BabyBjorn potty chair in a local botique, and DS immediately sat in it. He chose blue, and we took it home. Within a week, he was trained, and began using the "big boy seat", so we saved the seat for our daughter. It was incredable! Now our 23 month old daughter is training. We bought her this white babybjorn seat for our downstairs bathroom, with the blue upstairs. She has been "training" for 6 days now, and is almost completely day trained!

This seat is by far the best in our experiences. Here's why: 1. the seat has a higher back and sides, which gives the child support while sitting down, standing up, or simply sitting there. 2. It is NOT easy to tip! several of the others we tried tipped without much effort when our child was putting pressure on the sides trying to sit down or stand. 3. It is super easy to clean - there aren't a bunch of seams to gather gunk, it's easy to wipe down with a clorox wipe and be done. It's also super easy to take the little bucket out, and soak in clorox or hose down. 4. Kids can choose what color they want! This was such a big deal to my children --- also, they are solid colors that can look nice with your bathroom. The surface is also nice that your child can decorate the back with cute stickers if wanted. 5. It works for children of all different sizes! My son was 40" and 42lbs when potty training, and my daughter is 25lbs and a little shrimp, and this seat fit them both WONDERFULLY.

Overall, having tried MANY seats, this one was the absolute best for both our children, and I would highly reccomend it to anyone in need of a seat for potty training success!