How to Potty Train: book review and potty training kit giveaway

Avoid going potty over potty training with this book and kit giveaway.

Potty TrainingDexter is now just over two-and-a-half-years-old. It’s getting to that time when we need to start thinking about potty training.

It can be one of the most stressful stages of parenting a young child and I think it’s one of the more major parenting milestones. I’ve learnt that the key to the whole thing is knowing when the time is right; rush your child into it before they’re ready and you can find yourself hard at it for months. Get the timing right though and it’s relatively painless.

Sophia, at two-and-a-half-years-old, took two weeks to potty train. I noticed that she would hold her nappy and was aware when it was wet so I decided to go for it with her. She was magnificent. Dexter however, isn’t ready. Not yet. And that’s fine, I don’t mind. Children reach stages at different times and I’ve heard that boys tend to become ready for potty training at a later age than girls. But it’s definitely something that lies constantly in the back of my mind.

How to potty train

Judith Hough and Diane Titterton, two potty training experts, have written a book – How to Potty Train – to help parents through the potty training stage. I was sent a copy and must say that it’s a really useful and user-friendly book. It covers every aspect of potty training from preparing your child, recognising the signs that they’re ready for it, through to night-time potty training and going out and about. It’s filled with simple and colourful illustrations and also comes with helpful checklists and an assessment chart as well as stickers and achievement certificates for your child to encourage them on their potty training ‘journey’.

How to Potty Train Collage

I admit that, despite doing the whole potty training thing before, I found this a really good read, with some tips that I hadn’t thought of before. I also really like the fact that it’s child-friendly; I could easily see myself sitting down with Dexter and talking to him about potty training, using the illustrations to help him understand and the stickers to get him excited. In fact, we’ve now introduced the idea of a potty to Dexter, but have focused on getting him to sit on it rather than using it properly. He’s taken to that well (although it’s currently in the living room so I must move it to the bathroom soon!) and I’ll definitely be referring to Judith and Diane’s book as I start preparing him properly for potty training.

I was also sent 4 packs of Dry Like Me potty training pads to help me with Dexter’s potty training. These pads have been developed by Judith and Diane to fit easily into ‘grown up pants’ and capture accidents while at the same time helping your child to realise that they’ve had an accident so they can learn when they need the toilet. We’re yet to try these out, but they are slim and should easily slip into pants.

I didn’t use anything like this for Sophia, but then I potty trained her during the summer and it didn’t seem to matter much if she had an accident because the weather was warmer. I’ve never been keen on the idea of using disposable pull-up nappies during potty training: I believe they can actually hinder progress instead of helping because children may not notice when they’ve had an accident. With the likelihood of Dexter being potty trained over winter, I’m less inclined to put him straight into grown up pants but don’t want him in pull-up nappies. I hadn’t heard of Dry Like Me pads before but think these could be a good middle ground, especially in the early stages of potty training while Dexter’s getting used to the idea.

How to Potty Train: Book review and potty training kit giveaway

Potty training kit giveaway

The lovely people at Dry Like Me have offered to send one copy of Judith and Diane’s “How to Potty Train” book and 4 packs of Dry Like Me potty training pads to one lucky Chez Mummy reader. If you have a little one who will need to be potty trained soon or in the future, then this is certainly something for you.

To enter, leave me a comment telling me what worries you most about potty training. Chances are it will be covered in the book!

For extra entries, you can:

For each extra entry, please leave a separate comment to tell me that you’ve done them along with your Twitter/Pinterest/Facebook username as appropriate (I will be checking!) otherwise, they will not be counted. And if you tweet about the giveaway, please leave me a link to the actual tweet.

Terms and Conditions
  • The prize is for one person to win one copy of the book “How to Potty Train” and 4 packs of Dry Like Me potty training pads.
  • The prize is non-transferable and there will be no cash alternative.
  • This giveaway is open to UK residents only.
  • This giveaway will end at midnight (GMT) on Friday 22 November 2013. The winner will be selected at random, their entries confirmed as valid, and announced here.
  • Winners will be contacted within 48 hours of the giveaway closing. If a winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be chosen.
  • It will be the responsibility of the company to issue the prize to the winner, not Chez Mummy.  Chez Mummy will not be held liable for any issues regarding the distribution of the prize.

Good luck!

31 Comments
  • Ciara
    November 14, 2013

    My main worry about potty training is pushing my daughter too much to try it and therefore making her even more determined not to do it!

  • EMMA WALTERS
    November 18, 2013

    My eldest took a long time to train, i worry my youngest will too – stressed.com!

  • EMMA WALTERS
    November 18, 2013

    Follow Dry Like Me on Twitter
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    November 18, 2013

    follow on pinterest
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    November 18, 2013

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    November 18, 2013

    tweeted too
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  • keshia esgate
    November 18, 2013

    When is the right time?

  • Louise S
    November 18, 2013

    I’m most worried about the mess and the extra washing.

  • Svetlana Lemantovic
    November 18, 2013

    don’t even know where to start trying to potty train my 20 months little girl with no success, this book would help so much

  • Rachael G
    November 18, 2013

    I didn’t find potty training my daughter too bad, but am worried about potty training my son! I have no idea when to introduce the weeing standing up thing!

  • Kirsten Barthy
    November 18, 2013

    Accidents on the carpet

  • Charlene Kay
    November 18, 2013

    My main worry is my son will get scared during the process.

  • Charlene Kay
    November 18, 2013

    Followed Dry Like Me on twitter. My twitter name is pudinchar.
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  • Mummy Fever
    November 19, 2013

    The timing I think. I rushed it with my first and it was too soon, number two was much easier so hoping number 3 will be easier still @MummyFever

  • Portia Mattinson
    November 20, 2013

    My little boy is autistic, he doesn’t speak at all. And I haven’t a clue where to start. The book sounds really good. It be such a great help to know where to start.

  • Portia Mattinson
    November 20, 2013

    Followed dry like me on twitter @portiamatty

  • Portia Mattinson
    November 20, 2013

    Followed dry like me in Pinterest . Portia Mattinson or portiamatty

  • Portia Mattinson
    November 20, 2013

    Likes you chez mummy on Facebook. Portia Mattinson

  • Portia Mattinson
    November 20, 2013

    And have tweeted @portiamatty

  • Claire Appleton
    November 21, 2013

    I am Following Dry Like Me on Twitter @Blueberry8827 :)

  • Claire Appleton
    November 21, 2013

    I am followingDry Like Me on Pinterest as Claire Appleton

  • Claire Appleton
    November 21, 2013

    I have liked Chez Mummy on Facebook as Claire Appleton

  • Claire Appleton
    November 21, 2013

    I have tweeted @Blueberry8827 :)

  • Claire Appleton
    November 21, 2013

    Forgot to leave link on above tweet comment https://twitter.com/Blueberry8827/status/403481522063175680

  • leanne williams
    November 21, 2013

    My eldest took a long time to train

  • Leigh Larkin
    November 21, 2013

    My worry is how on earth to leave the house mid way through potty training. Is that even possible?!

  • Leigh Larkin
    November 21, 2013

    Following on FB – Leigh Larkin

  • Amanda Hoffman
    November 22, 2013

    well he just pee’d on his aquadoodle and the bed by ripping his diaper off so im worried if it wasnt something else than pee

  • MsXpat
    November 22, 2013

    I worry about going out with my toddler and he needs the potty, while not wearing pull-up.

  • Helen Garner
    November 22, 2013

    Just knowing when to start

  • Laura
    November 25, 2013

    Thank you to everyone who has entered this giveaway. The winner has been chosen at random (using random.org) and I can now announce that the winner is…

    …Leigh Larkin. Congratulations!
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