I have recently undertaken something I have heard is one of the hardest parts of parenting:
I was pretty terrified. And I didn't think I would take it on this early. But one day I had to run to Wal-Mart for some diapers for Luke and all the sudden I had had enough. I thought: This is IT. I am NOT buying diapers for him anymore!
So he got some big boy undies and we started. At first I tried him on the big potty with a little Sesame Street seat, but he wasn't digging that. So I went and bought him his own little potty. And that was the turning point. I put it in the living room (don't judge) and he really liked being able to watch TV while trying to catch on to using a potty. We started last Monday. By Wednesday he was using the potty every time he went pee. Now he does #1 & 2 in it.
Wow! My kid is amazing. And he only wears diapers for his nap and nighttime. Hallelujah.
And Gracie is in cloth diapers now (another thing I was terrified of, but someone showed me the light). Sooo...no more disposables! Well, hardly ever, anyway.
Things I needed for Luke's potty training experience:
A personal potty. This was an essential. It is now permanently in the bathroom. He tells me if he needs to go potty unless he's already naked. Then he'll run in himself.
A "willing" participant. He wasn't really willing, but he has been a great student. He caught on very quickly. Another thing from this picture: Cars undies. He LOVES them. His Grandma Pepper sent him some and he wakes up in the morning and says "Car Car undies!" He can't wait to adorn his little buns with Cars undies.
Um, yes. This is a necessity with two children anyway. But with a potty training child, it's that much more important. Let's just say I've had to spray lots of brown spots.
A candy/treat jar. This used to be FULL. Now we never even open it. Once he caught on, he wasn't all that interested in getting candy. I think he likes us applauding him much more.