I've never been one to think that there was a right age for anything, especially when they are younger and learning the world around them. So, when our 17 month old starts talking about going "poop" we jumped on the opportunity of making a big deal of using the potty. Sitting on the potty immediately became the thing to do. When mommy had to go potty, it seemed to be the main attraction, thus encouraging Mia to start thinking and understanding when she would need to go potty.
My now 18 month old just went poop in the toilette for the first time this weekend! We were so proud of her, and by our reaction to this momentous occasion, one would have thought she had just won a million dollars. But our reaction only spurred on many more "potty" breaks that never really left any surprise floating below, but rather encouraged the whole routine:
- Sit her precious bottom on her "cushy tushy" potty seat
- wipe with big girl toilette paper
- flush the potty with mommy
- wave good bye to the water
- close the toilette seat
- wash hands in the big girl sink
- get showered with kisses and hugs for a job well done
What a fun stage to be going through! And so much fun to not have to clean up a bottom from that nasty mess!