I need to potty train my 15 and a half month old boy. Never thought I would say that, but hear me out.
I am done with diapers. We started out with cloth and loved, loved, loved them. The only problem was that that he would often get a yeast diaper rash. We would switch to sposies, treat the yeast (and the diapers would get stripped in super hot water, several times, added a little bleach to the wash, etc). Then he would get yeast again after another few weeks. Process would repeat again. And again. And again. After about 14 months we had tried every cream (OTC and prescription) on the market to get rid of it, grapefruit seed extract, treated for two weeks after asymptomatic, tried every trick in the book to strip his cloth diapers, did lots of naked time, dietary changes, tons of yogurt, he and I never eat refined sugar or flour, he is still breastfed, changed his diaper every 1-2 hours, switched to disposable wipes and the yeast rashes would always go away, but then always come back a few weeks later. At 14 months we finally made a full time switch to disposable diapers which seemed to help - he went 6 weeks with no rash! Fast forward to now (15 and a half months old now) and he has yeast again! I am done with this!!! My precious boy has spent most of his life with an itchy painful rash around his penis and buttocks and I am done traumatizing him with creams that seem to burn when I put them on.
Over the last week, I have not put him in a diaper except nap and bed time and finally his rash has almost completely cleared. The problem is that be pees all over the house. And as much as I love having my boy's skin clean, intact, and healthy, it isn't sanitary to have him pooping and peeing all over the place. Every time I see him start to pee or poop I rush him over to the potty to finish up and praise him lavishly and if I can't get him to the potty in time I gently tell him that poop/pee goes in the potty and not the floor and I clean it up. It has been a week and he hasn't shown any sign that he 'gets' that he is supposed to go in the potty. He doesn't talk, but does know about 25-30 signs, including poop and potty (he knew this before we started potty training), occasionally he would wake from a nap dry, he goes about 2-4 hours between wetting, and poops fairly regularly every 1-2 days, and has been watching me on the potty since he was probably about a year old. What can I do to help him 'get it'? Is it to old to use EC? If not, how would I go about doing this since he only pees 5-6 x day? What about an early potty training method? Like I said, we are DONE with diapers, and if he poops/pees all over the house for the next year, then fine, whatever, but I would like to somewhat contain it. Please help!