yes, get a step stool for your child who is sitting on the big toilet so he/she can get up to the potty by him/herself, the put his feet on it when sitting - it's no fun sitting on a potty feeling like you're gonna fall in and having your little feet dangling!
also, when you put her on the potty run the water in the sink, just a little trickle, and when you run water in the bath, have her sit and "try" to pee on the potty - the sound of trickling wter from sink or bathtub will make you cross your legs, and perhaps let your daughter let down. Staying dry longer and longer is important, so is the ability to let go on the potty.
So be patient, and don't have your 2 year tell you when she she has to go. - she'll get too involved in playing to remember the new thing. also, she doesn't have enough notice between "i gotta go to ohmigod I gotta go NOW!' and that's when they have accidents. it's just too new to trust this to them.
So .....you put her on the potty when you get up in the morning, before you go outside, when you get back from being outside (park or backyard), before snack and meals, after snack and meals, before nap, after nap, and then when you haven't been to the potty in the last hour, have her go. oh! and when she's doing the 'potty dance/wiggle' - you'll recognize that one, and that's when you say oops, lets go now! and pick her up and race her to the potty!
it's NEVER 'do you need to go potty?' What is a child who is very involved in playing with a puzzle, or swinging, or watching tv going to say? NO! and then you have to fight, argue, wheedle, cajole, beg, bargain.... ugh!
The way you say it is 'when you finish the puzzle it will be time to go potty. When you're done, we'll start a new puzzle" (or clean up and go to the park, or whatever). And when the puzzle is done (and, yes, you may help with those last 2 pieces if it's taking too long) you take her by the hand (or pick her up if she's dragging) and dance, jump, fly, or whatever to the potty.
If any child is hating going to the potty, is really resisting, they aren't ready, so back off and wait a bit.
wear diapers at naptime and bedtime.
if a child can't seem to p00p in the potty and needs to use a diaper (not that you offer this, but some children like one letter writer have children who solve their problem this way), I used to be harder core and think they shouldn't be allowed to use a diaper because it was confusing. BUT this can lead to serious constipation issues, which leads to pain to hold it, pain when you go...., and then if it hurts why would you want to do it that way.. and so on. So if they can ask for a diaper, then that's an interim method, just like a bottle and then a sippy cup are both the interim to using a real cup. So if they ask, you can put one on, they p00p, then you take it off. Eventually they'll be ready to use the potty (and in the meantime, you can add MORE FIBER and MORE WATER to their diet to decrease constipation and hard stools, as well as a wee bit of prunes or prune juice, just go VERY slow so you don't end up with a child with diarrhea, so not fun)
if it walks like a diaper... sounds like a diaper, and makes you feel dry like a diaper... must be a diaper! so pullups are a crock, I think, a way for pampers to keep you paying pampers and huggies for longer. When your child is 4, 5, 6, 7, and still wetting the bed at night, then pullups are great vs. diapers.(and older children can use goodnights) Or when your child is basically potty trained but you're going on a long flight and won't be able to use the potty when they necessarily need to, then pullups are great. but otherwise, just use diapers - you can change a diaper standing up, it's really easy to do, and you don't need those more expensive pullups. when your child is ready for underpants, use those!
also, your child needs to feel the feeling of being wet to his core... ishy, squishy socks, shoes, pants, shorts, underpants - otherwise they don't get why you are upset that their pullup is wet, when they feel basically dry! not a punishment, just a natural consequence.
but it's your job to make sure your child gets to the potty lots, not your child's, at this point. (when your child is 6 months in and always dry, you can remind, but you won't do this many trips just cuz, of course)
I'd use those super thick training underpants, not the thin cotton ones we wear - you want something that will hold a wee bit of pee if there is a tiny sprinkle, and to hold in a BM accident... thin ones like we wear won't do it, so hold off on those thin pretty disney underpants until your child is trained.
always have 3 sets of clothes at all times with you - and that includes pants, socks, shirts, and 1 more pair of shoes. and NO MORE onsies when you toilet train, please, those tails fall in the potty no matter what!
you should also put your child in easy to take off/on clothing - no more tight jeans, pants that are too tight, jeans that are incredibly difficult to unzip, no overalls, just easy on/off, since you want them to be able to be independent and do it with little help (plus, if your child has gotta go NOW you have NO TIME FOR zippers and too tight pants, argh! as you are whipping off her pants and hoisting her onto the throne!)
work with childcare - we can't have you bring in underpants and expect all day use if you're not doing it all day (except for nap and bedtime) at home, too. I always suggest you do underpants at home beginning Friday night, all day sat, all day sun, then go to school with underpants on Monday - it's too hard to do underpants the first time at school with so many other distractions. (as another writer said, though, if it's ok at school or family childcare, then go for it to start in the middle of the week. but often children have been using the potty for months before going to underpants - their diapers are dry and we take them into the potty to 'try' (and be successful) for months.... so they are used to being in a "potty state of mind" before we put them in underpants - there is NO WAY you want to fight with a chlid about using the potty when they are underpants and you REALLY care that they try.
I would not go to the mall or to the farthest playground that has no potty for 3 hours in your first week or so, but I would say you could leave the house - just make sure you have a child who pees beforehand... and that means you stick around in the bathroom and listen! (and help wipe) (oh, and, yes, you do need to wipe even if you don't go - it's all in the fun of the thing
and, yes, please have your chlid's underpants ON when you get to childcare - I usually suggest diaper under the underpants so if they have an accident in the car you don't have wet underpants and carseat - then you hvae to change clothing when you're trying to get to work. when you get to childcare, you should wash your child's hands (and your hands) before leaving, so have your child go potty and try, and you remove the diaper; with underpants already on, you won't be arguing and negotiating all over again at school when you're in a rush. then wash hands (always!) and go to the classroom. (and if in underpants, do tell the teacher if it was a 'try' or a real pee so they know how long before they suggest the chlid go potty again)
like KAM's idea of having diaper OVER the underpants for longer carrides so there is consistency of 'feeling wet' but not ruining that carseat - have you TRIED to take those apart to wash those stupid things?
you do want to be positive. remember, it's a learning process - your child took a while to get the concept of a sippy cup, and then oh, the spilling when you took that lid off the sippy cup at the beginning.... by 3 or 4 your child will drink from a regular cup, but it took practice.. potty training takes practice.
be consistent, no diapers when you go out becuase it's too much of a pain, then underpants 3 days later when you're in the mood.. it's all or nothing, babe! but if after 10 or 12 days it's just accidents all day long, then your child isn't ready, go back to diapers (which is why you do not malign the diaper, no 'you're such a big girl you don't need those stupid diapers) because a) her younger friend, brother, childcare friend DOES need those diapers and it's not nice to malign and b) you may need her to go back to them if she's not ready.
ok, think that's all.
I do think there's no need to have this be such a horrible process for months on end, but at the same time, I do think that 2 years and a few months is a wonderful time for most children to train - they want to please you and they are thrilled to do big kid things, and they haven't figured out (like a 3 yr old has) that it's a PAIN to use the potty - it's so much easier to just use a diaper and then never have to leave your puzzle....! kids who aren't introduced to potty training until 3 yrs old often take longer.
but another writer had the exact opposite - her 3 yr old boys trained at 3 yrs old, not earlier. all kids are different, too, remember!
can't think of anything else, for real this time!