It's a potty party over here at the moment!!
Sweetpea has been using the potty for several months now. The great thing is that she is very regular and if she goes on the potty after breakfast and lunch there is usually a "result". She is really good and will not try to get off. I put a basket of small animals out for her to entertain herself. She loves to transfer them between containers.
I decided to try Baby J on the potty at 9 months. He had been watching Sweetpea for a month and was super excited to get his own potty. The first time I put him on after his bottle. I asked him if he could do a poo and then made a grunting noise. L joined in. He caught on right away and low and behold he produced a poo! It's been like that ever since. He totally knows the potty is for pooing and does one almost every time. I honestly didn't know one little person could produce so much poo!!
Baby J and Sweetpea are great on the potties together and super cute! They love to play with the animals and hand them back and forth. A lot of the time I will sit with them and make the noises of the animals and name them. They both make the roar sound of the tiger and they know that the shark bites their knees with a chomp, chomp, chomp. A rather annoying trend which has come up lately is dropping the animals into the potty while sitting on it. I'm not too impressed with that one when I look down to see one poo, one pee and one badger in the potty!
I have the potties by the wall on the other side of their activity area. I find this easier than the bathroom because I can see them from the kitchen as well as the living room and it is easy to put them on after their meals. I usually will put Baby J on after his milk and meals and also after a nap. I also do the same for Sweetpea.
At the moment neither of them make any sign that they have to go and Sweetpea does not move to the potty if she has to go. It really is a "catching game" at the moment but I know that at some point they will make the connection on their own.
I think a MAJOR motivating factor in early pottying is cloth diapering. It is soooo much easier emptying a potty of poo than cleaning it off a diaper!!
So far I am loving the potty party and long may it continue!
On a side note Sweetpea's potty is a Beco Potty which is a completely compostable potty. You just plant it in the garden when you are done with it and it will completely biodegrade. How cool is that!!!