We've started the toilet training process, basically following Brazelton's approach.
Last night my wife came across this shoutout to Brazelton in Dr. Spock [the 7th ed.], which mixes praise with a healthy dose of March of Freedom-style American Triumphalism. Guess you can take the baby boomer advice book out of the Cold War...:
Dr. Brazelton's basic principle is that children should become trained of their own free will--without force, coercion, or criticism. In this way, he believes, they can be trained most easily, and there will also be the least likelihood of later soiling and bed-wetting problems. (Of his cases, only 1.5 percent were still bed-wetting at five years of age. This contrasts with 15 percent of adults in one European country noted for its vigorous toilet-training philosophy.) [pp511-12, emphasis added]While we've been talking through the process with the kid for a couple of months, and she knows the whole thing, it's only in the last week that she's actually put anything into the pot. That's when we offered to buy her some big kid purple underpants if she started using the toilet. Because really, except for a jar of M&M's on the fridge, is there a more American Way of toilet training than shopping?