I am alternating between cloth and disposables right now, and wondering when the time is right for introducing the potty? My son turns 2 tomorrow, and I feel no need to rush into it, but I thought maybe with the nicer weather we could try it out over the summer. I am not sure if a passive approach will work, however, and was just wondering what age you tried with your little guys. Also, why do people always say that boys learn later?
Well, I have a girl, but I am thoroughly grateful that I had her well used to the potty by age 2 because I am not sure if she'd be trained now (at 4!) if I had waited. I just cannot imagine trying to train her during the various defiant, stubborn phases she went through in her later 2's and all of her 3's. We used the very simple approach of doing naked bum time around the house whenever feasible. At first I toted the potty along from room to room, and if she started to pee I'd stick her on it or stick it under her. She caught on pretty quickly and started to go to it by herself. I'd say it's definitely not too early and, if nothing else, you'll save yourself a diaper or two to wash each day. If it starts to seem like a battle or a hopeless cause, you can always back off and try again later. Good luck!
Thanks. I like the idea of introducing sometime soon, and then just waiting to see how it goes. I guess all kids are different, so they will all have different time-tables for learning! Your post was basically what I was envisioning- lots of the "naked bum time" and having a potty around, just to get acquainted with the idea. It makes me a little sad to see him growing up so fast!