I offered the potty to all 3 of mine around that age. With DS1 I brought home a potty thinking it would be good to have around just for him to try out if he wanted to, and he was instantly into it and going like 8x a day. I didn't expect that at all. He thought it was great. We combined that with a little naked time and he was really good with it all. That lasted about 2-3 months and then he decided to boycott the potty entirely, which went on for about a month or two. He was digging in his heels about going and I didn't want to fight him on it. He started going on his own again after the potty strike and that was that for pee. He had some issues producing #2 due to constipation and withholding that began before we even thought about him using the potty, so we did have to deal with that for quite some time. In some cases, PTing can trigger withholding of poop for some kids, so watch that part carefully. It wasn't the trigger for DS1, but it can be for many kids, and once that cycle starts, you want to be on top of it before their poops get too big and painful because that just makes the withholding cycle worse. My DS2 also withholds a bit on occasion, but nothing like DS1, and we use miralax when it has been more than a day or two.
With DD, I assumed she'd be ready pretty early, as she saw DS1 going, and she was a girl, and most friends I know with girls had girls who trained earlier. She was not interested at all until more like 2.5 or a bit later. Just a personality thing...she wasn't into it and she was not going to participate, so I waited
With DS2, I started offering the potty a little before he turned 2 and he used it. Before that time I offered once or twice a day and he always refused. He suddenly decided to try it a few times and then he started really getting interested quickly. We did about 2-3 days of naked bottom training, and he was great....very few accidents and he was pretty happy to go in the potty. He doesn't mind pooping on the potty, although he will sometimes try to hold it in. Much, much less of an issue than with DS1 though, but I do keep an eye on it.
I would say take advantage of the interest, don't stress if they aren't ready or have accidents, and realize something like "potty strikes" may be a possibility when they train at a younger age. Summer gives a chance for some naked time, and you can even do some naked time outside if you have a private backyard (did that with my oldest). Some kids are ready early, some are not, but if you are having success with offering, I'd give it a try and see how it goes. Just don't let it stress either of you out if you can help it, and realize you may need to back off or change course.
All 3 of mine were dry overnight by around age 2, but it took me a few weeks or months to feel confident in ditching the nighttime dipe. They were dry at night and during naps before they were day trained. No effort on our part, they were just wired that way.
Last edited by brittone2; 06-17-2012 at 12:38 PM.
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