Top positive review
Good Book, but know when to retire it.
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2015
My daughter actually loved this Potty Training book and we kept it in her book rotation to help her master the complexities of using the bathroom. The narrative is light and whimsical and it focuses on a low pressure approach to getting rid of the diapers and pull ups and graduating to underwear.
Once my daughter graduated to underwear during the daytime, we moved the Potty Book into the bathroom and we would read it to her while she did her business. Then something happened that got this book (and all other potty books) pulled from the rotation and sent to Goodwill. There is a section in the book where the main character has an accident and the parents insist calmly that its OK. Seemed harmless.
For whatever reason, my daughter repeated this part of the book to me one day while we were in the bathroom. Later that day, she had an accident in her underwear for the first time in months. I didn't think too much about it until that night, when she refused to use the potty before bed because she could just pee in her pull-up and it would be OK. The similarity of her statement to the Potty Book struck me as I explained to my daughter that the pull up was "just-in-case" and that she should always try to use the potty if she feels the urge. For several nights in a row, my daughter fought using the potty saying that she could use her night time pullup. A few days later, my wife called me at work to say that my daughter deliberately peed her pants and that afterwards, she explained to my wife that it was OK. I asked whether she had read the Potty Book to her that day; she had. After our third "accident" followed by my daughter's insistence that it was OK, I decided that coincidence or not, the Potty Book for Girls was fired.
In hindsight, although my daughter quoted it during her accidents, this specific book is not really to blame, but rather our continued use of it well after my daughter was potty trained. My daughter's regression was influenced by a sentiment found in many potty training books; it's OK if you have an accident and try next time. I would offer that once my daughter had started to ask for the potty on her own without any prompting, we should have removed ALL potty training books from her collection to eliminate the potential of giving her a mixed message. Many potty training books explain that accidents will happen and unfortunately for us, my daughter became focused on this idea over the course of a few weeks.
With that small anecdotal story as a warning, I would recommend this book.