The secret of easy potty training is to start early.
At around 5 months of age, when your baby has capability of sitting up, is a good time. It’s a good idea to start before you start introducing your baby to solids, just so that she is not doing too many new things at a time. What I call potty training, is a limited type of potty training, where its sort of a combination of using a potty and diapers. It significantly reduces the use of diapers and helps your baby understand the use of a potty. It is a mild and comfortable style of potty training.
When Tania was around 5 months old, I bought a simple portable potty. The day I started to potty train, I waited for her to wake and within the first 60 seconds, I placed her on the potty, and, much to my surprise, she got really agitated, she screamed out loud and pushed herself ahead with the potty, trying to jump out. Since my lo had been tough with most things, like taking to a bottle, sleeping and a whole long list, I was now confident, that this too would be a task. But after the first 15 seconds of screaming, she did her small job.
Her second small job for the day is normally towards the end of her massage session, so again, I placed her on the potty in between her massage and this time she completed her job with no resistance. Post that, I started placing her on the potty, every time she woke up. Babies normally do not pee while sleeping, so are normally ready as soon as their sleep breaks. For the first 15 days, I would put her on the potty within the first minute of waking up. Post that I gradually started increasing that time. Within about 45 days I could wait for upto 5 minutes post the time she woke up to put her on the potty and she would wait till then because she knew she had to do her job in the potty.
The best part about potty training, was big job training. As soon as I would notice signs of pressure, I would place her on the potty. And to my surprise, within just a few days, she started giving me signs for her big job. In about 10 days, 90% of her big job sessions were on the potty. Over a period of time, she pretty much had a schedule and that was so helpful, cause I hardly remember cleaning a soiled diaper after 7 months of age. At around 9 months of age, I transitioned her to potty seat which she took to in no time at all. The Fisher-Price Cheer for Me Potty is also extremely encouraging for babies to do their job as the music play when they do their job.