So between the hundreds of books, thousands of magazine articles, and all of my friends and relatives opinions, I'm COMPLETELY confused and overwhelmed with the idea of potty training. DD is 18 months, and seems to be showing signs of readiness. She tends to announce when she's about to go (although half the time it's just a fart or something,) enjoys sitting on the potty, and HATES having her diaper changed. I'm also PG with number 2 and want to get this party started before the next comes along, when I know I'll have much less time and attention.
SO..... where do we start? We have one of those little potties that sits on the floor of the bathroom, and she likes it, but do I need one for every room? Should I be getting a little kid seat for the "adult" potty to take a step out of the transition? How do you handle this when your in public and there's ONLY the "adult" potty to use? Do you start them with pull-ups and then graduate to underwear or is that yet again another step to complicate things?
Do I initiate potty time every so often to get the ball rolling (she doesn't announce when she pee's) and if so how often? Even if she says "poo poo" a million times and only two of those times it's going to be accurate, do I still take her to the potty every time? Will pull-ups hold the same amount/less/more urine than diapers? How long, roughly, does this process usually take? LOL
OK, so it wasn't a million questions, but I'm sure there will be more. Any guidance from those of you who have done this would be much appreciated! I just want to do this right the first time, I don't want to confuse her, and I'd like to be at least well on our way by the beginning of summer. thanks again!