It is not too early if he can express himself & follow basic instructions. The easiest way is to simply start every day with a trip to the potty & take regular potty breaks during the day (but not so many it becomes tedious). When he goes let him know that is what you were after, when he doesn't, be just as positive saying you can try again later. Starting early keeps you from having to bother with bribes, games, etc. You just let him know what you expect. Don't treat dirty diapers as a bad thing, but try to catch them immediately, mention that it isn't comfortable, and let him know that next time he will avoid that discomfort if he goes to the potty to go. It really is easier at this age, they just get it, like they get drinking from a cup instead of a bottle & there is no battle of wills.
at 3:45 PM on Jun. 22, 2009