I've heard so many mothers proudly brag that they had their kids potty trained before their 1st birthday and how simple it was to do it. Even my mother-in-law doesn't hesitate to tell the story of how she put the Mr and his brothers and sister on the potty at 6months. "Every time they ate, I put them on the potty and make them stay there". Simple right? Ummm, NO!
Of course, as a scientist first I research everything and many specialists say that children show signs of readiness and that potty-training shouldn't feel like a chore and should they mess up shouldn't feel like a failure. Well the Mr and I decided to try right after Chunks's 1st birthday because he was starting to take off his diaper after a movement, sign that he might be ready. We got the potty with all the bells and whistles and he used it properly ONCE! Other than that one time, which was followed by the suggested praise of the specialists, the potty has become a seat, a toy to take apart, the bowl is something to wear on the head (DISGUSTING), and a big white truck to be pushed around the room. The Mr took his father's way of teaching and basically forced Chunks to sit on the potty almost all morning and of course was met by rebellion, tears, and wailing which I couldn't take. So we decided to take a pause on the training and come back to it when he was ready and could understand a little better.
Well, I haven't seen any new signs but I've been taking him to the bathroom with me and explaining how going to the bathroom works from pulling down the pants, the sitting properly, getting him to listen to the sound and wiping (sorry TMI but hey that's parenting huh?), to the flush. So far the flush is the winner! I've gotten the Mr to take him to show him how a man uses the bathroom and I'm hoping something is clicking. I want to bring the potty back out but I'm not sure exactly how to do it. Added to the pressure (on me, never Chunks) to get into the Montessori school we're considering he must be potty trained by 2 so I would like to get any mishaps out of the way and him comfortable with it by then.
So I'm posing this S.O.S to my fab readers and experienced parents around: How did you potty-train your little one? How old were they? Did you get any signs or did you just say "You're old enough now"?