I had in my head I would start thinking about potty training when Cate turned 2. Well, it's been on my mind a couple months sooner than I expected, thanks to Cate saying "diaper change," "I pooped, Mommy" and "potty." Funny thing is, she's cried when I put her on the toilet the last couple of days, even after it was her idea to try it.
Of all the advice (solicited and unsolicited) I've heard about potty training, the recurring concept is you can't force them. They have to be physically and mentally ready. Well, I do think Cate is as "ready" as a kid can be, but I don't want to force her. So we've just been talking about it lately. She's come in the bathroom with me. I let her put her potty seat on the toilet (she likes that part!).
A DVD and book that I'm hoping will serve as encouragement are on the way, courtesy Amazon.com. Oh, and the bowl of M&Ms are waiting on the bathroom shelf.
I'm not in a hurry by any means, I realize she's only 22 months. But I also know if she's ready and already talking about it to some degree, I should go with it. I was glad to read about Katy's experience potty training her daughter and now I'm wondering what the rest of your mothers have to say ...
Seriously, share your stories. You can comment below or e-mail me. What worked? What didn't work? What should I do next?