I have been meaning to post on this subject for a long time, & I finally have the chance to sit down and talk about this (really really frustrating) topic.
Potty training! Oh man.
We started introducing her little potty to her & teaching her basic things about it when she was about 17 months. What could it hurt, right? She enjoyed sitting on it sometimes & even peed on it a couple times. Since she was still really young & peeing like a million times a day, I put her little potty in storage & thought I'd wait a few months. I was pregnant with Kate at the time, & each passing month I just got bigger & more tired, so I kept putting it off.
Once Kate was born, obviously potty training was put on the back burner, but I wasn't too worried since Aubrey wasn't even two yet. Again, adjusting to life with two & nursing a baby every two hours caused me to postpone training her even longer. I'd still bring up potty training & "big girl panties" here & there, but she didn't seem too interested.
Finally, a few months ago I got a brand new "princess" potty seat, some cute Minnie panties, & I went for it. I did all the recommended things you hear - keep positive, set a timer, potty treats, sticker chart, etc. etc. etc! Annnnd Aubrey thought sitting on the potty was the lamest thing ever. She would sit there for the first few times, had a few successes, but then after half a day she would refuse to even sit on the potty no matter what fun dollar tree toy, m&m, or sparkly new sticker I offered her.
As much as I hate to admit it, she just wasn't (and isn't) emotionally ready. When she had to go, she would beg for a diaper, cry & then go on the floor even when the potty was right there. I could tell it was getting stressful & not at all fun for her, so I have decided to put it off some more until she is truly ready.
While it's frustrating to put it off since I know she is physically ready, I don't want to pressure her when she's not emotionally ready. So for now, I am just waiting until it's HER idea, because that sweet little girl's feelings are a whole lot more important to me than not having to change five diapers a day.