Today Pooks and I went to the mall. I put her in a diaper but I could of taken her in underwear. I took her to the washroom after we had been there for a while and she peed in the huge public toilet. A few months ago she would go near those big toilets but now she will happily go on it. I think I will start taking her out in underwear with waterproof pants overtop. I find she knows the difference between underwear and diapers, so it seems like it is pretty important to keep her in underwear as much as possible. I am really hopeful she will be totally diaper-free in the day by the time she is 2. My goal has always been to have her potty learned by the time we have another baby.
She is around 8 months in the above picture. At this point she was going quite frequently on the toilet. She seemed to prefer the potty insert. The way I approached it (we were "late" starters at 7 months), was to put her on the potty when she woke up from sleeping, or anytime I thought I could get her to sit there. I tried to catch one pee a day. While she peed I would say "You are going pee pee". Sometimes I would catch no pees and I felt so discouraged. Eventually she started to make the connection and would release her bladder if it was full when she was on the toilet. I just kept up-ing the amount of pee's I tried to catch. I remember it was Boxing Day when I caught the first poo, and something really must of clicked because since that day I have probably only cleaned about 10 poopy diapers. Things just got easier and easier. The best thing I did was to stop putting so much pressure on myself, and not aim to be "perfect". Once I did that we became so much more successful.