I need to start. I want to start. But with the promise of pee on my carpets and potential poop on pants, I'm just well, scared to start. We've started six months ago in the smallest of ways: When he wakes each morning he gets on the toilet [we bought a small lid that goes over the big one] and does his business. But while its nice to not have to clean the poopy diaper that would otherwise be, he didn't exactly sit down on his own volition. In the spirit of true potty training I bought two cotton training underpants and a baby toilet two weeks ago. The toilet is in our half bath. The underpants in a drawer. Unused. And we need to change that. Because its time to at least try. I've googled the matter and basically I've gleaned you must go commando and give it five days of misery and not leave the house and you're done. Except I can't find five consecutive days to keep him indoors and simply not leave the house. Surely there's another way? I'm scared to start but I've been scared to switch him from bottle to sippy cup and from crib to toddler bed and he's honestly handled everything with great aplomb. So it's time to try. Once I come up with excuses not to.
Imploring all mamas! Any advice on potty training? Books, links, websites, personal experience? What age did you begin? Any advice much appreciated!