I have a two year old. He has been interested in the potty for months now, but I try not to push him to do anything he's not ready for. It just stresses the both of us out too much.
So, he's never actually peed or pooped in the potty, but he sits on it sometimes.
He loves trains, especially the Thomas brand. He got Thomas for Christmas from us, Percy from his Uncle Bill, and Bill from his Papa, (just for being sweet). The other day I had the bright idea to buy Toby as incentive to use his potty. I didn't explain this properly, so we had a meltdown when he couldn't open it. After things calmed down a bit, I let him open it. He didn't want to use the potty, or wear his big boy underpants. I felt frustrated and worried that I'd pushed him too soon.
Yesterday, I bought some Dum Dum's as prizes for sitting on the potty (going against everything I believe about rewards). For now he gets a lolli every time he sits on the potty, but when he gets the hang of it, it will only be when he actually goes in the potty.
I also bought James (a character from the Thomas show) as incentive to go in the potty. I explained THOROUGHLY at the store as well as at home how he could HOLD James in the box, but we would NOT be opening it until he goes pee pee in the potty 3 times.
Last night, he woke up from his nap and asked to wear his big boy underpants, (also featuring Thomas, Percy and James). So, from the time he woke up from his nap until he went to bed, (about two and a half hours) he wore big boy underpants, sat on the potty three times, (though the potty stayed dry) and had no accidents, all while holding firmly on to James in the box.
I set a timer on the microwave to go off an hour after he sits on the potty, and that lets us both know it is time to try again.
I know this plan isn't foolproof, and it might not work this time around, but I'm still trying. I'm still determined. I want this to be his choice, but I also want to be done with diapers by the time he's three. Oh, that would be so nice!
Anyway, if anyone out there has tips to help me with it, I would love to hear it!