I bought a potty chair and one of the small seats that goes on top of the toilet seat. I bought two books for toddlers about learning to potty. I bought that cute, animated DVD and one of the books I got goes along with it. I also got some training pants, some cute big boy pants and some double purpose plastic / training pants (they are like really thick plastic pants with some absorbent material inside and the plastic on the outside and they make the child look like he is wearing a big bubble:).
The boys enjoyed the DVD the most and they have watched it several times. They love the potty song, which is played while they show lots of cute pictures of toddlers running around and playing with a potty chair. They enjoyed playing with the potty chair, sitting on it and taking it apart. They loved one of the books. It has a button that, when pushed, plays the sound of a toilet being flushed and then little kids laughing. Unfortunately, it is extremely LOUD. For some reason, it didn't sound that loud at the store. The boys do not care anything about looking at the pages of this book. They just want to press the button over and over and over again. So, for now (until I can figure out how to break the button), that book is in the top of one of our cabinets:).
I had already been thinking that probably next spring/summer would be a good time to start trying to train the boys, even before I bought all of this stuff. But I figured that we would have to have it all sooner or later anyway and Nick typically wants to try everything and anything new so I thought maybe, just maybe, he might be ready to train sooner.
Today I decided to put them both on the potty and see how they did. Ben wanted absolutely no part of it so that was the end of that. Nick wanted no part of the potty chair but is very excited to get to sit on the big potty, mostly because he likes tearing toilet paper into little bitty pieces and putting them in the toilet and he also likes flushing the toilet over and over again. I let him sit there several times today because I thought it was good practice, he seemed interested and I figured at least he is getting some practice on the routine (washing hands after, etc.).
After he finished sitting on the potty (with no results, other than some wasted toilet paper and water) I put him in the double purpose plastic/training pants, thinking that he might feel the wetness and want to go sit on the potty again. He peed in them right away, although he gave no indication of this. Soon after, he wanted to sit on the potty again (which is how I knew he peed in them right away), so I let him and then put him in a pair of cotton training pants with another pair of the double purpose plastic/training pants on top of them (thinking that maybe he would now feel the wetness). Nope. Didn't even notice the wetness and, when I asked him if he was wet, shook his head no, even though I knew he was.
My conclusion is that I am definitely not ready for this and am really dreading the time when I must do this. I don't think they are ready either....well, B is definitely not ready, which I pretty much already knew. N might be, if I really wanted to work with him on it. I think I would rather wait until he is more obviously ready though....mostly because I am just not ready...and I think if I wait longer, it might be easier and faster.
From everything I have read, the fastest way to train them, when they are ready (and I am ready - they will likely be ready before I am...especially since I will likely never be ready:), is to put them in cotton training pants or let them run around bottomless, so they are much more aware of when they start to go. I can understand how they might need to feel this the first few times. What I don't understand and really want to know, for those of you who have been there and done this, is how do you keep them from peeing all over your furniture and rugs?? I don't mind the hardwood floors. They clean up easy enough. But what do you do about the furniture and rugs??
I am definitely going to need to do some reading about this before I am ready. Oh how I dread this. (Can you tell I hate messes?)