So my son went though months of refusing to sit on the potty and the only way i could get him to pee/poo was to hold him over the toilet or the ground outside so he could go. He would sometimes sit on the insert seat for the big toilet but was usually protesting against that too. So i ended up only taking him about once a week as he wasn't enjoying it and it was becoming a struggle. This is the same point where i gave up completely with my first daughter.
A few months ago he started showing interest in his potty again, sitting on it on hie own with his clothes on. Every time i saw him do this i gave him loads of praise and turned it into a fun game for him. My older daughter would sit on the potty and pretend to pee and we'd all clap and cheer then he would want a go. After about a week of him doing this the next time i saw him sit on the potty i quickly whipped off his nappy and sat him back down and he peed! Over the next month he continued to do this, unprompted by me and i gave him loads of praise and fuss for sitting on the potty and even more so if he did something.
He also started telling me when his nappy is pooey , holding his nappy and coming to me saying 'ooh ooh oooh' (he's not talking much yet but i understand what he means ) He just turned 18 months at the beginning of January and i was planning on getting him out of nappies by then so i was really pleased to see him showing signs of readiness!
So i did it, i took him out of nappies during the day and we have been very successful!
It's been about a week so far and the past couple of days we've almost had no accidents at all! He's getting progressively better and im only using one nappy at night for him to sleep as he is not able to go the whole night dry yet. But he is out of nappies full time all day and doing fantastic and im really really really happy! I should of stuck with it with my first daughter, would of saved all the hassle of toilet training her when she was older.
Tim Minchin - The Good Bookhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr1I3mBojc0
'If you just close your eyes and block your ears, to the acumulated knowlage of the last 2000 years,
then morally guess what your off the hook, and thank Christ you only have to read one book'