To say I have no idea where to start is pretty much the understatement of the year. I haven't really read up on it much and have kind of been hoping that daycare will magically get him to go on a potty. They work with the kids starting around age 2. It has been my hope that him watching Gavin would inspire him to start using the potty. Unfortunately Gavin will be leaving daycare as of Feb 1st so he doesn't have much more time to watch and learn.
Lately he has been starting to let us know when he poops (sometimes). If we ask him if he pooped we get an "I poot!" from him and he grabs at his butt. When I change his wet diaper he says "Pee pot" (I call him a pee pot sometimes) and he says "Potty".
This past weekend I dragged out the potty that my sister handed down to us. I did a thorough cleaning of it and set it in the bathroom where he takes hi baths. He immediately became interested in it and started opening and closing the lid, then doing some acrobatics to sit on it instead of his normal back up and plop down technique. I tell him that is the potty and that is where he can poop. He has no interest in using it for it's intended purpose at the moment and is more interested in taking it apart and putting it back together:
We haven't set his bare little butt on the potty yet, though. Right now I just want to get him used to it and see where it goes.
One thing he does love about it is the fact that the lid flips down and basically turns it into a little step stool. He loves to stand on it when we brush his teeth so he can look at himself in the mirror. He'll step down and then pop back up and laugh at himself when his little head pops in to view. It cracks me up every time.
So yeah - that's where we are as far as starting with the potty training. I had intended to start on it over the holidays when we had him home for longer periods of time, but I kind of spaced on it and we didn't get around to it.
I'm trying to follow his lead and not force anything on him. If anyone out there has any tips for starting potty training with a little boy I am all ears (eyes). Any advice is welcome :)