A couple Mondays ago, I decided it was time. Lily would be potty -trained. I planned on staying home the whole week and focusing just on that. It worked. The kid did it. She's awesome!
I covered the floor with plastic (yes, like you would for a puppy), put thick blankets on the couch, and stripped off the diaper. She's always been pretty resistant to the whole idea, but without a diaper on, she had no choice. I kept long shirts/skirts on her for the first few days so she wouldn't be completely exposed, but it would still be easy for her to tell if she was peeing on herself.
She only had a few accidents on the floor the first few days, but caught on really quickly. We only put a Pull-up on her at night, but she wouldn't pee in them...so we got one of those plastic sheets for her bed and just kept the underwear on her at night.
It was a lot easier than I thought. I just had to decide that it was going to happen and Lily took the lead. I'm stinkin' proud of her.
We bought her a couple packs of "big girl undies" and she decided to try them all on...at ONCE. Keep in mind, there are 16 pair here. What talent.
This was a great idea I got from a friend...a "Potty-pillar." Every time Lily goes in the toilet, she gets to add a circle "sticker" to her caterpillar. It's worked really well. Now that she has the peeing-in-the-toilet thing down, we're going to only let her put one up when she goes on the "big toilet."
Other things that have really helped if you're getting ready to potty-train a kid...
I let her flush--she gets really excited. I also got her some foamy soap that's really easy for her to pump herself. And praise up the wazoo. I don't think you can praise a kid too much when it's potty-training time. Lily eats it up like crazy. Also keeping in mind, in the beginning especially, that accidents ARE going to happen and just to be patient...don't yell or get angry...just clean it up and remember that it IS a little child you're dealing with and they aren't just born with the knowledge and reflexes you wish they had.
So long nappies!