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i'm coming from an EC (elimination communication) perspective, not montessori, but my baby (18 mo) has been going diaperless around the house and sitting on the baby bjorn little potty since he could sit at 6 months old. He wears cloth diapers when it's too cold, or when we go out, but at home he always uses the potty.
This sensitive time seems to ring true - at 12 months he starting pooping exclusively on the potty (trying to pull his clothes off - he hated the feeling of poo in his diaper) and just in the past two months he really began to feel the urination, and now I would say 90 percent of the time says "pee!" and runs to the potty. Sometimes he says "pee!" after it has already happened on the floor, but as pps have mentioned, we are neutral about it, we just take him and put him on the potty saying "this is where we pee, is there anything left in there?" if he resists, he certainly doesn't have to sit, but he usually does not resist. I simply make a point of showing him the right place to pee. Sometimes right when he starts peeing in the wrong place I will touch his penis lightly which stops him long enough to slide the potty over to him, this does not seem to scare him and has not at all delayed his progress. I believe that in the next 6 months he will be out of diapers completely. We did not EC dd, who is now 6, but did offer her the option of the potty and invited her to go when we did, etc. and she was out of diapers by 26 months or so, with absolutely NO pressure from us, so I definitely don't think you've missed your chance!
Just keep offering -- I personally would do the diaperless approach, not use cloth undies, if it's convenient at your house, because it really seems to make a difference in their sensitivity and the frequency of sitting on the potty is much higher. I get much more lazy about being aware when he's in a diaper, such as coming in from being outside, or waking up in the morning, and miss a lot of chances for him to use or practice on the potty.