I with Vicente on this one, not that big of a deal. Yes, a little strange in this day and age, but kids put much grosser things in their mouths.
If you want a real turnoff just think of the unbelievable volume of feces that Alicia Silverstone has had to deal with; if she is the one who has to change diapers. A fun video would be one in which she changes a diaper, where afterwards all the kids clothing and hers needs to be laundered.
My kids are still in diapers, but we have had a couple of successful poops in the toilet. I never thought that I would be so excited about seeing a poop floating in the toilet.
I can't recommend highly enough a 3-day program. Pick one, ours was the "Cold Turkey" variety, but all depend on you focussing on making a break and paying close attention to the training for 3 days so pick a 3-day weekend with no other tasks and no distractions.
I was skeptical when my wife was determined to end diapers. OK let's work on it but he's only a bit over 2, let's not do this cold-turkey thing, let him sleep in pull-ups. Nope, 3 days of concentrated attention stay at home and get it done, no pull-ups although we did have a spare mat & sheets on hand just in case of need of middle of the night switch. Had him "throw away" the diapers so in his mind that was no longer an option. And it all "just worked" despite my skepticism and I wish we'd done it even earlier. The few accidents we had to clean up were well worth it to get off the diaper train.
Back before disposable diapers 90% of kids were potty-trained by 18 months so by age 2 they have the faculties and skills required they just need training. Well worth the savings on diapers and the reduction in trash output.
Yeah, I have heard about those and I have been thinking about giving it a try. I have twins and I am not sure if I should do them both the same weekend or not. I do like the ceremonial throwing away of the diapers -- they would love that -- and that would mean both at once. I just need to find a 3-day weekend.
I feel that I should add that, from what I understand, it is actually not a good idea for things to go from your mouth to your child's. Apparently an adult has bacterias in their mouth that can cause dental issues in kids.
I try to avoid anything going from my mouth to my kids. Things however that have been in their mouths end up in mine: their toothbrush, generous gifts of food, etc. Just this morning I was making a turkey sandwich, and my son asked for some "ham". I told him it was turkey and gave him a slice. After putting it in his mouth and realizing that it was not ham he spit it out and pushed it aside. There was not too much drool on the slice so, not wanting to waste food, I used it in my sandwich.
There's an old book that's now out of print but can be found on Amazon called "I should have seen it coming when the rabbit died," by Theresa Bloomingdale. She was a Catholic, mid-western mom with 10 children. She describes potty training her first five and how she worked so hard. The second five did their own, pretty much same time frame. She said something to the effect of "well, I guess they're trained. My youngest is in high school and I haven't had any complaints."
In my household, we blamed the dog for peeing on the floor when the girl was five and peeled off her swimsuit in her bedroom when she had to pee so bad, rather than heading to the bathroom. He was blamed for many things, for which he was richly rewarded with dog treats. The girl is now completely trained - she's in her mid-20's and tells me so, anyway.
the book is a pretty funny, easy read. Helps to put stuff in perspective. Good luck on the potty training!