[QUOTE=fuller2;6099025]My son started using the potty when he was about 18 months old, and I also have been occasionally babysitting 3-year-olds who still use diapers.
At the risk of inviting much displeasure (and knowing that my experience is unusual in our culture) I have to say that it seems that kids potty-learn much later these days then they used to. A day care provider I know who's been doing for 20 years says that kids start using the potty a year or two later than they did even 10 years ago--she blames disposable diapers and especially pull-ups, because they are so absorbent the kid can't really feel the 'outcome' of what they just did. Another problem is the day care environment--providers just aren't, in most cases, going to work on potty training because diapers are a lot easier that dealing with 'accidents'--and then when mom and dad come home from work, they are ALSO too tired to deal with accidents--so the diapers stay on.
Well, I'm a daycare provider, and I am more than willing to start PL with all my kids, WHEN they are ready, and I will not have them in underwear until they are going on a toilet on a regular basis. I do not want other kids' poop/pee in my carpeting
: Call me what you will.
But I do the every half hour going on the potty thing, works fine. DD#1 was PL in about a wee right after her second birthday. DD#2 was 3.5 before she literally woke up one day and has gone on the toilet ever since. So, in My experience, YE they can wake up one day and be PL!!!