Last summer I had ambitions of potty training The Bean. We went out and bought a potty and he was actually pretty good about sitting on it and going pee when we encouraged him. But honestly, it wasn't something we really committed to, so it never really went anywhere.
Then we got into the routine of having him use the potty before his bath. He got really good at it, using either his potty or a seat on the big toilet most nights (or, some nights, insisting that he would just pee in the tub, a bit gross maybe, but not worth the fight).
When Sprout came along and our cloth diaper laundry doubled (and then some) we decided that it was time to start potty training in earnest.
In addition to the pre-bath time pee, we got The Bean going in the mornings and when he got home from daycare. He didn't particularly like having his diaper changed, so telling him he could wear underwear for the evening (or in the morning until it was time to leave for daycare) seemed to be a big incentive for him.
Then, one morning about two weeks ago he told me quite adamantly that he didn't want to put on a diaper before daycare, so I sent him in underwear. I think his daycare provider was a little surprised, but his only accident that day was from bad aim. The next morning Jen and I hemmed and hawed about what to do, but decided we might as well just stick with it. So, The Bean is now officially potty training.
He wears underwear everyday except for at nap-time and overnight. Most days he has an accident and he has yet to use the potty for a BM which is a little bit problematic as it most often means a big mess or he waits until he has a diaper on for his nap and then goes, which means he doesn't sleep. (Any tips from BTDT folks?) But he's getting better. Occasionally he'll stop and tell us he has to go pee. Otherwise he's gotten pretty good at waiting until we remind him (about every hour, up from every half-hour when we started).
We're pretty proud of our little guy.
As as cute as we thought his big fluffy bum was, really, this is pretty adorable too.