I am just starting this phase too- my daughter is 21 months old. She has just started telling me sometimes when she needs a diaper, so I just put out her potty seat a couple days ago. She has been coming to the bathroom with me for months and she knows the routine (she tells me what to do!). Now I encourage her to sit on her potty seat (with her clothes on) while I sit on the big potty. I also have an Elmo potty doll (Elmo is her favorite!) which she loves. She gives Elmo his milk and sits him on the potty. I honestly don't think I'm going to push too hard yet- I don't totally think she is ready yet- she still has no concept before she goes- and all the books and other experienced moms say that it goes really quick if the kid is totally ready, but if it's too early it takes a long time and there are regressions. I have read there is a difference between potty training and potty learning. Most kids under 2 aren't actually ready to potty train, but they can learn about the potty which is where I am now. Many moms have told me that the book "Once Upon a Potty" is fabulous- I haven't gotten it yet. Sorry, I wasn't much help since I just learning about this myself. Good luck!