My sitter, Sara, is a baby guru. She has the patience of a saint and has the magical powers to get my strong-willed Elsie to be obedient. She gave me this potty training plan, which was basically the same thing I did with my step-son Logan, but the difference here was that I didn't just have my little potty trainer for the weekend...it was me working with her every night. With Sara's help, my little girl became a big girl in less than two weeks.
The most important thing to remember is that your child has to be ready to potty train. I see parents start training too early all the time. I even succumbed to the peer pressure of my friends and bought a princess potty right after Elsie turned 2 when I knew she wasn't ready yet. If your child isn't ready and you start slowly getting them used to the potty, it's not a new activity for them to learn once you're ready to get them out of diapers. They've been sitting on it for months and if they've been going in their diapers that entire time, they don't understand why now they have to stop and start using the potty. You need to have clear objectives and set goals, even if they have no concept that what a week is when you tell them in "one week we'll use big-girl underwear." They know that it's coming and they have to be ready. If you start the training and by the end of the two weeks they're still not having it, they might not be ready. Put away the potty and try again a month or two later.
Here is the two week plan:
Set goals and rewards.
I'm Potty Trained!