The book gave me a solid background understanding of the development of "readiness" psychology via the disposable nappy industry via doctors who were involved in the development of nappies promoting this! I also had a good expectation of issues I may encounter along the way, and a basic list of signs to look for. Although the list isn't extensive, it is enough to start with for sure.
I was greatly inspired by this phrase: "The baby slept naked
the parents without an accident" (p 114) I wanted that! It inspired me
with my nighttime communication efforts, and I have achieved it! This
statement was from a researcher of Huron Indians in 1623, and the
same thing can be said for our baby in 2005. Wow!
I do get the impression the book was written when her baby was older, as I found it more practically helpful at later stages, as well as for just starting, but felt a lack in a middle stage around 3-6 months, once I was past the early stages. For a while it seemed really idealistic and I was in a stage of a big focus on timing and less on "just knowing". The intuitive factor, which is so strong in the book, has grown clearer over time. I still look in the book for insights now on occasion if I am having questions. I'd have liked to read more about the transition to independence as well. My baby is now 15 months, and has been nappy-free at home from 3-4 months.
This book is written by a pediatrician who has three kids of her own. That gives her some insight into doing it as a mother and seeing lots of variance between kids. She starts out by looking at some of the medical research and papers that deal with toilet training. She is also of the consensus that the "wait until they are ready" camp is a bunch of bunk and not based on anything scientific.
She goes into quite a few health problems she thinks waiting too long to potty train may cause. (Remember as a pediatrician she gets to deal with the problems.) She has mapped out an interesting time line of potty training / parenting trends in the U.S. Her method doesn't start with infants but suggests starting with 6-9 month old babies. This might make this book of more interest to a "late starter".
She uses mostly timing and scheduled potty opportunities. She recommends the offerings being quite regular so the child can learn to trust the schedule sort of speak. She also recommends doing away with diapers all together at a certain age (beginning to wean off of them at one year).
In the end of the book she has a
section on special needs kids, bed wetting, and advice on diets,
etc. The pediatrician showing through....so it is kind of
like having a pediatrician on board even if your's isn't. It
doesn't have any pictures of the "holds" or quotes from other mothers
and only touches lightly on potty pauses.