I know there is a lot of consideration into the age old is my child ready to use the potty. In my case, it has been a battle since 18 months. I have no clue how to get my now 3 (almost 3 and half!) year old to just use the crazy invention called potty! Let me highlight my 'clues' that he has and is ready.
At 18 months, I used to try underwear. My son would accept it but refuse to sit on the potty or even go in the bathroom. Instead he'd play in the underwear until he could no longer then run outside to pee.
Around this time, I took him to buy a potty his size in hopes that would work. He picked out a frog one he liked and experimented with it before losing all interest in it.
At 2, he would tell me occasionally when he was wet. He would use underwear to his liking. Often he'd pee in and think it was funny.
At 2 and half, he would occasionally try to pee on the potty. He'd sit on it and goof off. I would get annoyed because I mean c'mon he sat there for 10 mins! As soon as the diaper went on, he peed.
Now, he loves to run around and pee in buckets when he is outside. He can remain dry when he is in just a bathing suit. His diapers are consistantly small amounts of pee. He can pee on the potty if asked. However, the second I put underwear on....he pees. Then tells me. I make him sit in the wet undies for a few then change them. Instantly, he pees.
Oh, we also discuss the color and consistancy of his poop. He has also decided he no longer likes underwear. Refuses to put it on. Has such a fit. Yet will use the potty (standing up by the way) as long as he can wear his diapers. He would like to stay in his diaper, have it taken off so he can use the potty then have said diaper put back on.
Please someone help me end this saga! I am going insane!