As of last month Sienna has officially been potty trained!
With that said, I wanted to share with a few tips that worked for us that may help make potty training simpler and less stressful for you and your toddler.
It was very random with Sienna I have to say, she's always had access to her potty and would use it on rare occasion since she's had it- absolutely nothing consistent till recently. One day last month she just became really interested and asked to go on it (my parents were in town visiting at the time so she liked showing off for them)....we praised the heck out of her when she did and shes been good from then on....of course there were some accidents along the way but for the most part it was just like something clicked and she was done with diapers. From that day on, we kept her in undies only and asked her if she needed to go very frequently...she would go often...even if there were only a few drops of pee it was still good practice. #2 was on the other hand was a little harder...she was all about doing that privacy, even when she was in diapers she would go hide in the closet or behind a dining room chair, If i happened to walk in and at the time she was doing it she would cry and tell me to go away...so she hasn't been a fond of the idea of poop on the potty being a spectacle with me in the bathroom trying to assist her. So that part took some bribing...gummy snacks & mini ice cream cones....and more accidents in her undies than there were with pee...but after about 2 weeks she got it.
When we'd go out, we would constantly remind her shes in undies and ask her if she needed to go every several minutes, I'm sure it was quite annoying to her, it was even annoying to me asking her so often...but it just kept her from forgetting she wasn't in a diaper anymore and couldn't just go in her pants. She does still wear a diaper overnight, I don't really expect her to hold it in her sleep. Most days she wakes up with a dry diaper anyway, and I rather her not get woken up by wet sheets in the middle of the night.
Listen to your child. Forget the books. Forget the experts. Forget what every other kid is doing. She isn't like every other kid, she is her own self.