Now before anyone thinks about getting all preachy and starting with the tsk-tsks you should know that I'm not nearly naiive enough to believe that I can potty train an 18-month old. But I do believe that when said 18-month-old spends about a quarter of her day talking about who goes pee pee and poo poo and who is currently in the potty and tells me almost every time she goes poo it's time to introduce a toddler-sized throne to begin the exploration phase. Her ped is actually the one who suggested she might be ready for a potty of her own when we met at her 18-month appointment last week. And, my sister put out a potty for my niece at this age and she's about 85% potty trained now at 27 months.
So far Delaney loves her potty. She climbs into it, up onto it, sits atop it and has opened and shut the lid at least 533 times in the last 24 hours. She's diggin' the potty. I don't think she's connecting the dots about it yet but that will come with time. I'm not going to push her or prod her to get going with it. Right now it's just there for the exposure. And other than purchasing it, I have absolutely no idea how to potty train a child anyway (suggestions welcome!). I have successfully house-trained three dogs** in the past. Will those experiences come in handy? Somehow, I doubt it.
* Apologies to anyone named Thelma. The name just sprung to mind as I lifted her out of the box. And it's my own, personal name for her. No reason to confuse Delaney any further about her new bathroom jungle gym equipment.
** Updated to add: No sooner had I posted this than I discovered that our darling dog of eight years had her first "accident" on the hallway rug. This absolutely DOES NOT bode well for our future potty training efforts. Although I will suggest that Mathilde peed on the rug to demonstrate that she's pissed off (Ha, ha! Get it? Pissed off? Ha!) that we put the new potty in one of her favorite spots in the house. Irony anyone? <!-- ckey="58699595" -->