I decided after Lauralie’s first birthday that it was time. Yes! I decided to start the introduction to the potty chair. Her and I went to Walmart and I let her choose one. She didn’t know what she was choosing of course but she settled on a princess potty seat.
We took it home and I broke it out the box. I text her father and let him know to purchase one as well (since we were already living in separate homes at the time). She looked at it but wasn’t too thrilled. I left it in the bathroom and I would ask her if she needed to potty whenever I went. She looked at me bewildered of course but I kept at it.
It took her father a few months to buy a potty chair because he kept forgetting. By the winter after her 2nd September birthday, he had purchased one and was fully on board. Once Lauralie became curious about he potty chair, she let it be known. She would randomly ask me what is was and if she could sit on it. Of course I said yes, but I made it clear that it wasn’t a toy. I wanted to her to understand what it actually was used for and to not get confused.
By April she was using the potty regularly. As of now (January 2020) she only poops in her Pull Ups. She’s a little over 2 years old and she gets excited using the potty. I’m sure her love language is “words of affirmation” because she loves to be complimented and praised when she does something well. For me, the trick is allowing her to explore and learn things on her own time. I was never pushy and I didn’t want her to get frustrated. Instead I explained to her what the potty was and I let her explore. If you make things fun for the child, then they’ll reciprocate it!