Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hampshire County, WV
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trainers are a nice middle of the road option, though if he's aware and signaling, diaper-free time is really really helpful. i switched to trainers at like 4 months... simply because diapers seemed to be a lot more than what i really needed in terms of absorbency. so i had some non-waterproof ones for home, and waterproof ones (EC Store) for when we were out, and that worked just great. they are a lot easier to get on and off, for sure. also, at that age he might even be able to sit on a little potty by himself or with a little assistance, so make sure you keep it where you guys are playing so he can get himself there easily if he wants to, and so you can help him get to the potty quickly if need-be.
sounds like he's doing great! just let him lead. there might be days where he needs you to offer more and days when he wants to take control of that. IME EC'ing 3 kids, it's a bit of a dance, changing who's leading, until finally they are totally in charge. some kids that happens for very quickly, for others (like my DS) it was a process that took nearly a year, though we stayed dry the vast majority of that time because i offered if he wasn't initiating, and backed off on days he took more initiative. my oldest did it in just a couple of months. my littlest has always been a great signaler from birth, so it's harder to say what happened with her... i just sort of noticed one day that it'd been a long time since i'd offered her the potty (except for right before leaving the house or before bed, but i do that for my big kids too!) but except for a few brief pauses around developmental milestones, she's always told me at least 75% of the time, so i can't be sure when it really switched to all the time.
but with all three it was a very laid back and natural transition. this is why i love EC. there was no potty learning, just a gradual transition to independence that was just right for each kid.