I'm not a mum who uses an instruction manual. Nothing against other mums who read books on what happens when, and how to do such and such, and what baby 'should' be doing etc... I guess my philosophy is that babies do things when they're ready and you should just be there to support them and enable them to do things safely, securely and in a loving environment.
Oscar is almost 14 months and has increasingly been fighting me at nappy changes. Since he found his running away skills he practices them at every opportunity. I can be regularly seen chasing a semi naked baby with a nappy in his hand around the house while he giggles like a loon.
More recently he's been coming up to me and then squatting down. This has been followed by the well known Eau de Pooh. Since he's started communicating when he's doing this I decided to introduce the concept of a potty.
Obviously I have no idea how anyone else does this, and it doesn't matter, I'm working on the basis of what works for us.
My thinking was that I would just let him see the potty and take it into the bathroom while I use the loo and give him opportunity to copy. On a whim last night as I got him ready for bed I showed him the potty and pretended to sit on it. He immediately wanted to do the same. So I stripped him and let him sit down. He happily sat and played with his toys. Within a minute the smell arrived. It's very sad how excited I was, ha ha!
A little later I said to D that actually as much as I'm proud of him, I'm so sad my baby is growing up. This morning, on reflection, I've realised that this is just one of many things he will do on his life and rather than 'miss' my baby I need to focus on enjoying the experience and watching the boy he is becoming.