Reply to Anyone else read "Oh Crap Potty Training"...

We just went through this over Thanksgiving! I read the book in its entirety and my husband read key chapters and the checklist/FAQ while on a business trip. Some of it was great, but the rest seemed totally unrealistic unless you have at least one stay-at home parent (Block one is three days but can take up to a week? Sorry can’t burn up the few vacation/sick days I have on a week of potty training). We were able to adapt it to our family during Thanksgiving. We warned everyone that was coming that we’d be potty training and to be ready to catch a half-naked baby or help clean up behind her as she learned. She was dicey the first two days, but it just clicked on Saturday (days 3&4). What worked for us was starting out half naked, as recommended, but using training pants for meals/walks/sleep (we have two large dogs so we can’t not have outings). The hardest part was pooping, but after the first couple she got it and would take herself to the potty just like she needed to pee. The difference was she needs something to distract her while doing #2–we read a board book called “Duck Goes Potty” and let her play with this bear bath toy (it’s designed to be like a ring-toss game in the bath, and she mindlessly moves the rings around). She wore underpants all day today and we’re all set to send her to daycare tomorrow without diapers. The only thing I wish is that the book talked more about articulating the need to potty. It encourages trying even before the 2 year mark, which we are (18 months), but even with regular signing and words prior to potty training our little one doesn’t TELL us it’s potty. She just gets this look and then stops and walks to the potty. She’s already talking a lot, and signs words she hasn’t spoken, but none of them are potty/pee/poop related. It’s my only concern for daycare tomorrow—they’ll have to take her to the bigger kid room (which has the potty) on a schedule or REALLY be watching her for her potty-dance, because she never actually says she needs to go. 🤷🏻‍♀️. I would warn that ours had very obvious signs that she was “ready” (even though the book says there’s no such thing). She had multiple dry diapers in a row, would NOT leave us alone in the bathroom (wanted to come in, try to peer between our legs, try to help by handing us TP), fighting like a tiny MMA fighter for every diaper change and trying to wipe herself...I was so relieved to start training, bc our second baby is due Feb 1st, so I wanted to get it locked in now rather than try a first attempt while juggling a newborn. Best of luck!