My little boy is 21 months old.... I am the first of all my friends too have a child, so I have no one to ask for advise.
I want to find out how do know when your child is ready to start potty training and how on earth do you even begin?
This. DD is almost 16mos and has been "using" the potty for almost 2mos now. She's in no way ready to lose the diapers but first thing in the morning or after dinner it's easy to take her diaper off and plop her on the potty to read a book - she actually asks to be read to on there now. Because she's always by my side and has been part of my 'potty routine' for a while, she knows all the lingo (diaper, potty, peepee, poop) and will now tell me she's pooping rather than going off and hiding, so it's a step in the right direction where she will eventually tell me BEFORE the poop happens! Although she has pooped 2x and peed several thus far in the potty.
21 months is young for potty training, especially for a boy (boys are usually ready later).
You can look up the signs of readiness online (sorry I don;t have time to list them)
I wanted to say: most children are ready at some point. You don't see seven year olds walking around in diapers. My son is almost 3 and he knows well about pottying and has used his all of twice. He claims he's not ready but will be soon. I am hoping in summer to use the warm weather for lots of nekkie time and get it going that way. He goes to preschool and sees other kids using the toilet, and we talk about it all the time.
What I think anyone can do, even at your son's age, is just have the potty there, talk about it, read books about it, let him see you go and explain how it's done, offer him the chance to use it and then just wait. I personally am really sick of diapers but even still I will wait at least until, I don't know, age 3 1/2, before I started any real program. I just feel that it's an area that is liable to be rife with stress and power struggles, and from what I hear and have observed with many kids, is that most kids will do it easily and on their own when they're good and ready, which is usually between 2-3. So, IMO, why stress about it?
My DS is 22 months and we are potty training now using the Oh Crap Potty Training method recommended on this forum by Adorkable. It's going pretty well! DS's signs of readiness were:
Check out ohcrappottytraining.com. I'm a believer.
Well of course there's EC so really any age you can potty train using that. I know someone who never used diapers ever, so her kids were "potty trained" from day one using EC.
I just meant from the people I know, most kids reached potty training on their own around 2-3 years and 21 months seems young IME for a child to be, from their side without any "training" from the parents side, ready. By training I mean using a method or a program, not the things I suggested earlier like talking a lot about it, reading books, those kinds of encouragement, which is not exactly training just a certain focus and encouragement.
I know the main reason for potty training isn't about being sick of dipes I just meant in my case, I will not do any proper training programs until I have really had enough, which I assume will be some time in the next year....if my son doesn't by then decide on his own (as I have seen some other kids do) he wants to start using the potty. That is what I meant.
I should also mention that although I have used them before in a few rare instances, I am reluctant about bribes and rewards (a la Alfie Kohn) and I still don't know how I feel about using them in the case of potty training. Maybe I will, maybe not, but I am waiting to see if the impetus comes from his side before I step in with a program involving bribes and rewards.