- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 12, 2000

Children's books

• "The Berenstain Bears Get the Don't Haftas," by Stan and Jan Berenstain, Random House, 1998. Before going on a long road trip, Sister Bear tells her mother she doesn't need to go to the bathroom, but once they get in the car, guess what? This is a charming story that parents and children will enjoy.

• "Bye-Bye Diapers," by Ellen Weiss and Tom Cooke, Golden Books, 1991. Part of the Muppet Babies Big Steps series, this board book introduces the idea of giving up diapers.

• "I Can Go Potty," by Bonnie Worth and David Prebenna, Golden Books, 1997. Also part of the Muppet Babies Big Steps series, this book won rave reviews from some parents struggling to get their boys interested in toilet training.

• "Koko Bear's New Potty: A Practical Parenting Read-Together Book," by Vicki Lansky, Book Peddlers, 1997. This book introduces toilet training on a child's level, with advice for parents included.

• "Once Upon a Potty," by Alona Frankel, HarperCollins, 1999. This easy-to-read story comes in versions for boys or girls.

Parenting books

• "Mommy; I Have to Go Potty: A Parent's Guide to Toilet Training," by Jan Faull, Raefield-Roberts Publishing, 1996. This book offers concise advice for handling the training process, including anecdotes about techniques used with different children.

• "Parents' Book of Toilet Training," by Joanna Cole and Fitzhugh Dodson, Ballantine Books, 1990. This comprehensive guide explains a child's reaction and likely behaviors when the toilet-training process is begun. It describes how to set up routines and reward successes.

• "Toilet Training Your Child," by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, Consumer Visions, 1997. This book is accompanied by a 20-minute video on the basics of how and when to teach this new skill to children.

• "Toilet Training Without Tears," by Charles E. Schaefer and Theresa Digeronimo, Signet Publishing, 1997. This book outlines different approaches for accomplishing the task of giving up diapers.

• "Toilet Training in Less Than a Day," by Nathan Azrin and Richard Foxx, Pocket Books, 1989. First published in the 1970s, this book promotes behavior modification as the way to train, which pleases some parents and outrages others.

On line

• Extensive on-line articles on toilet training are available on the Web site maintained by the National Network for Child Care (www.nncc.org). The nonprofit group works with Iowa State University in maintaining a database of child-related articles.

• Procter & Gamble, manufacturer of the Pampers brand of disposable diapers, has created an on-line "parenting institute" (www.pampers.com). The site features advice from Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and has an array of information about potting-training methods, readiness signs and do's and don'ts.

• Kimberly-Clark, maker of the Huggies and Pull-Ups brands, also dispenses potty-training tips at its Web site (www.pull-ups.com). Parents can print out a "Big Kid Certificate" for a child who successfully uses the toilet. Also available is a printable story about using the potty, which children can personalize.

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