Potty training is still a ways away for Eliza, but we're starting "potty awareness" already. We're following her lead, though, so as not to push it. Over the past month she has started to show us that she is becoming quickly aware of her bodily functions, and it's really interesting - and kind of amazing for such a little person! She can tell us when she pees, or perhaps just after, when she can feel her wet diaper. She points to her diaper when it needs to be changed - it's quite handy sometimes actually! All we've been doing is talking to her about peeing and pooping and explaining to her that that wet feeling in her diaper is because she peed, and that sometime soon, she will pee in the potty like mama and dada.
Part of this process includes leaving the door open when we use the bathroom. Quite honestly, I've been doing this for a while when I'm at home alone with her, so it's not a big change for me. I've just started talking about it more with her. I know she understands me, because she will point to her diaper when I talk to her about it and sometimes she'll point to the toilet, too, so she definitely gets the connection.
I think in the next couple of months we will get a little potty chair to put in the bathroom. I figure it can't hurt to introduce her to it and get her interested in the process, even if she is many months away from official potty training. Though, I'll admit, it would be nice if she potty trained on the early side... as much as I love cloth diapering (and her cute CD bum!!), it will be nice to not change diapers for a while!
What are your experiences with potty awareness/learning/training?