My mother brought over a newspaper article today by John Rosemond and I realized that I got a book by him, that I haven't read yet, as a gift. After reading this article I've decided to read the book.
Basically he thinks it's crazy to wait until your child is "ready" to potty train. This is the advice he gave one woman:
He says it is not psychologically harmful nor impossible to toilet train a child younger than 2.
1. Stop talking to your son about using the potty. Don't even ask, "Do you want to try and poop in the potty today?" or other equally counterproductive questions.
2. Get rid of the diapers, pull-ups and all associated things and resolve to never use them again.
3. Every day, right after your son eats a high-fiber breakfast, gate him in the bathroom, naked from the waist down, and tell him his doctor said he has to stay there until he poops in the potty.
4. Don't stay in the bathroom with him. Don't offer incentives or even encouragements. After putting him in the bathroom, make yourself scarce. Simply tell you son to call you when he poops or if he needs help.
5. Respond "coolly" to success, as if it's no big deal. Say no more than "That's good, you can come out now." Do not give a reward or even lots of praise.
6. Gate him in the bathroom every day until he's having regular bowel movements in the potty.