Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: In the kitchen with Liza
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We started at ten months.
When dd started refusing to submit to diaper changes, we stopped diapering her, at home.
It's messy at first, but I do find it easier to clean up a mess from the floor than from an unwilling bum. And then, in time, you see progress, lots of it, and it's amazing!
I think that a child your ds' age might be a more willing participant. Many children begin potty training at that age.
A few tips: my dd prefers standing to pee, maybe your ds would too?
If dd looks like she has to go, but she doesn't want to, we give her an item to hold in each hand. We also, if possible, hold her up to a mirror (e.g., over the bathroom sink).
If we need her to go pee or poo before we leave the house, I initiate a very active game of follow-the-leader. She usually has to go after running or playing vigorously.
The sound of running water is hard to resist.
Sometimes, when she is resisting (can you tell that we've been thru a few potty strikes of late?), I turn on the tv and hold the potty up to her. Often does the trick.
Some babes prefer the big potty. You could get a flip-and-flush-like seat. Maybe it would be less intimidating to him. Annielx recently suggested to me that I warm the toilet seat first, so that it's more welcoming to the little bum.
Oh, and you can buy somewhat absorbant toddler underwear at Walmart and places like that. They hold poo, but not pee. Your ds might think that they are cool, my dd certainly does.
Hope that helps! Have fun with it!