Thinking about potty training your toddler? This post is my unbiased review of “Oh Crap! Potty Training” by Jamie Glowacki and I hope it helps you decide if this method is right for you.
I could say this has been a tough year for humanity, but that would be an understatement. What with COVID-19, murder hornets and a loooong overdue realization that it’s time for white people to shut up and start listening to our minority brothers and sisters and learn how to start fixing a history of violence and discrimination, I decided it was the perfect time to potty train my 2.5 year old son. Am I crazy? It’s entirely possible, but all I had was time and nowhere to go. Enter the “Oh Crap! Potty Training” book by Jamie Glowacki.
Our friends had recommended this book, saying it was the best one they had come across and I decided to take the plunge and buy it. I now have this book memorized. It’s my Bible for potty training. Does it work you ask? Yes, but…
Unbiased Review of “Oh Crap! Potty Training”
To be be clear, I followed the book’s instructions to the letter and they did work with some significant exceptions for me. We decided initially to just do daytime potty training. Glowacki gives you the option of this or doing both day and night training at the same time (the preferred method). There’s a part of me that wishes I had just ripped off the bandaid and done both at once. Maybe that’s why I currently have a couple of lingering issues?
The first few days your child is supposed to be completely naked, no shirt, no nothing. You are on them like white on rice. Every moment you are watching them for signs they need to pee or poop. When they start going you pick them up and plop them down on the potty. Next phase, (or block as Glowacki calls them) you add clothing to the mix, but NO UNDERWEAR. This is very important, according to the book, because underwear feels like a diaper and encourages the child to have accidents. You stay in this block for as long as it takes. The 3rd block adds underwear and small outings to the grocery store etc.
We completed all the blocks and passed with flying colors. It really did work! Except for pooping. Oh man, I never thought I would talk and think about poop so much. On the naked days, my son pooped no problem in the potty. I thought I had a potty genius. I thought it would literally take me a week to go through all the blocks. Boy was I wrong. As soon as we added clothing, he began holding his poop until nap time and night time when he was wearing a diaper. Glowacki said that this was fine and it will sort itself out for most children, but it never did for us. He has been pooping at night for the last 3 months with no end in sight.
Enter night training. Glowacki this suggests you do night training to fix the poop problem and any other little issues. Perfect, my husband and I thought, we’ll night train! So we have been for the past 3 weeks and guess what? My son continues pooping and peeing in his crib with no end in sight. Although barely sleeping, we are still not catching the poop and pee in time. We decided to purchase the additional $10 night training YouTube videos that Glowacki produced and these were helpful, but we still aren’t seeing any progress at night or with pooping during the day. We decided to take Glowacki’s advice and do a reset, meaning we’re back to diapering at night time.
My son is starting to poop during the day, but only when we use suppositories or laxatives, which we HATE doing. He literally will hold his poop until forced to go by unnatural means. I have no idea what to do about this and none of the suggestions in the book have helped us. This part has been extremely frustrating for my husband and I and really traumatic for my son. We’ve even started offering him a diaper to poop in and he refuses this too.
That said, my son is totally solid on peeing in the potty during the day. The method really did work for this and worked in a very short time. We use no incentives, no rewards and he just goes. He’s using the big potty now with no insert and we’re very proud of him for this! So do I recommend buying this book? Yes, but don’t expect miracles.
I’m going to update this post once we try night training again and let you know how round 2 goes. Fingers and toes crossed something changes! In meantime, below are some products we found SUPER helpful while potty training.
Best Products for Potty Training a Boy
This is the best potty chair for boys! It completely blocks pee even if your son doesn’t hold his penis down, which happens a lot. Highly recommend
Although, I wouldn’t go so far as to call this book fail-safe, I do still highly recommend it for a great starting point in your potty training journey.
These waterproof bed pads are a must for night training! We would have been changing sheets all night if not for these. They really do work and wash up nicely. Also great that they come in a two pack. Just layer both pads on the bed and remove the wet pad when needed to still have a dry pad underneath.
This seat is really great for travel until your child learns how to use the big potty without an insert. It folds up nicely and has a travel bag to stick it in. It also works better than other inserts we tried for boys as it was easier for our son to aim as he could see through the insert into the potty.
Was this review helpful? Do you know of other potty training methods that have worked for you? Please comment below! I would love any input and suggestions other parents have to offer.
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