Here's what I did. I started by putting my son on the potty once a day (after dinner, around bathtime). If he sat, great. If he protested, we punted and tried again the next night. (Initially he wouldn't sit unless he had his diaper on.) When we got to the point that he sat willingly and usually peed, we started training. I put him on the potty every 45 minutes. If he went, we celebrated. If he didn't, we waited 10 minutes and tried again. We did this every 10 minutes until he either peed or had an accident. (Adjust the times based on your experiences.) After 48 hrs, he had the basic idea. As he got better at it, I increased the amount of time between attempts. It took a while for him to figure out when he actually needed to go and go by himself. Until he did, I just put him on regularly.
at 6:56 PM on Jan. 22, 2011