need recommendations on brushing teeth, potty training etc

Chenai - posted on 07/03/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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i am having problems with my 22 month old son in the following areas please help with advise and tips:

1. wont brush his teeth

2. he is too loud when he talks

3. wont use the potty

4.sleeps between mummy and daddy

5. still on the bottle and wont sleep without milk, be it night or day



he is starting creche soon and am hoping this new development may help alleviate some problem, not that thats the reason he has to go to playgroup. i dont mind if u inbox

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Ashley - posted on 07/07/2011

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My 23 month old son loved brushing his teeth and then out of no where began to hate it! So, we started a teeth brushing song, the ABC's :) he loves the song so I brush his teeth while singing it and afterward we day YAY! and if he wants he can 'brush' his teeth too, but he's often happy with being done. Potty- he is afraid of it lol! So I haven't started the training, but I started sitting him on his potty while I brush his teeth to get him used to just sitting on it. Now that he enjoys sitting on it (before he'd tighten his body and cry) im going to start his training :) my son doesn't talk loud but SCREAMS at the top of his lungs randomly or when he's playing with the dog. IRS gotten extremely aggravating so I NEVER ignore it and make sure to tell him "no screaming!" each time with a firm voice or say 'shh' with my finger up to my lips, which he likes to do so it's helping. My fiancé pops him in the mouth, not hard but to scare him, so he stopped screwing around him lol. and he was sleep trained from the beginning so I can't help you with sleeping in your bed. That's one thing I was determined to prevent since I was pregnant after seeing how much parents end up not enjoying it. Just remember, it's easier to start good habits than it is to break the bad ones later :)

Elizabeth - posted on 07/07/2011

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I know my 22 month old is very independent. She rebels when mommy shows her how. So my technique is to let her brush her teeth her own way, praise excitedly when she does anything close to brushing well, and brush my teeth beside her. The potty training takes time. We are prompting without any pressure and lots of praise when she goes. She is in diapers for now, because she has phases of loving the potty and periods of losing interest. Loud... Kids are loud. I just think of it as enthusiasm. In public I sometimes whisper back or redirect. Good questions.

Joy - posted on 07/06/2011

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For teeth brushing I made up a song for my daughter to get her to brush her teeth. I sometimes have to chase her to get her and brush them for her, but I don't mind. I'm not sure what to suggest on the other ones.

We weren't going to do a lot of potty training with her until she turns two, but she does respond to peer pressure. We switched daycare temporarily when the family who watched her took a week vacation. At my friend's house her boys were potty trained so my daughter wanted to use the potty too and not wear diapers like them. Less than a month after we returned to her normal daycare she's back to wearing diapers. So that was only temporary

Toccara - posted on 07/03/2011

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Weening of the bottle....I started at 9 months. So it MIGHT take a little more "umph" But we started slowly eliminating one of the bottles a day. i.e. his breakfast bottle was the first to go...we replaced it with a sippy cup. We worked with that for a couple of months then. we took out the lunch bottle and replaced it. Stuck with that routine for a few months. His dinner milk was in a bottle for a little while, but by a year he was completely off the bottle if not sooner. If you can get him to drink the milk from a sippy cup....because he's so much older now, you should probably then keep only milk and juice in sippy cups..and water should then be tried in a regular toddler drinking cup..OR water bottle. Remember make every fun for him...Praise him every time he makes a tinkle, or brushes his teeth. Tell him "Good Job" and clap for him. Get daddy and everyone else involved. Every kid is going to move at their own pace. BUT mom and dad do have to stay firm and remember the routine and stick to it. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask me anything else! :D

Toccara - posted on 07/03/2011

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Brushing his teeth....might just take some time. Mommy might have to do it for him. Remember talk him through it. Brush your teeth with him maybe. As far as breaking him from sleeping with you too....I'm not sure how to break it. My little one never slept with us. He slept in a bassinet until 3 months and then went into his crib in his own room. When he woke up in the middle of the night I'd feed him (when he of course still nursing), change his diaper and then back into the bed. I kept the light low and dim while I did this, to remind him that it was still night time. That is probably the only thing I can't give you advice on. I did though, if he cried when I laid him down, let him cry to sleep. If he over did it past 5 minutes I would just rub his back and calm him down and then start the process all over. Kind of like the "Tuff Love" routine. Every now and then I have to tell my little one "Its night time!" In a firm voice and then just pull his door up.

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Faivalu - posted on 08/17/2011

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buy him good tasting toothpaste..and brush ur teeth with him and make a fun game..ptty training..get a roll of tissue and draw bulls-eyes on them and make that a game too..try to hit the target..it worked for my son..the loudness i thnk that will change on its own..get him a sippy cup..

Jeremi - posted on 08/15/2011

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You might want to try the 3 step transitional bottle. I think it's by Nuby. Found one at walmart. it's shaped like a bottle but has 3 different tops. One is like a nipple but you have to work harder to get anything out. The second is a soft spout sippy top and the third is like a sports top/straw. I took away all of my daughters bottles right after her first birthday and only gave her the nuby. It took her a few hours of funding and fighting but she finally tried it and was okay with it. this was huge because my girl would scream and shout at the sight of anything but a bottle. Good luck on that part

Toccara - posted on 07/18/2011

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You can definitely use all the advice that was on this one particular post...Hope it helps.

Chenai - posted on 07/18/2011

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thanks ladies for your advice and suggestions. my son is now brushing his teeth. it takes a lot of patience. he is also sleeping for long during the night, i think its because he is tired when he comes home from day care. am still struggling with the other issues but am sure we will eventually get there. thanks

Jessica - posted on 07/16/2011

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Brushing teeth is an easy fix, my daughter has always loved it but to make sure she stays interested, I bought two tooth brushes, one for her to have, carry around and explore, the other to stay in bathroom and brush her teeth with, so when I brush her teeth she knows what to expect. The bottle, she never even asked for or cried about. Obviously he is hungry which is why he is able to drink the milk. Feed him closer to bed time (about 1-2 hours before bed) and don't offer a bottle at bed time and he will be okay and nap time, I feed my daughter lunch and she goes straight to bed. The being loud when talking, my daughter was horrible about it, she would shout everything, so I would just say shhh and whisper that she should talk quietly, after a while she caught on and stopped shouting. Using the potty...don't sit him down unless he has to go number two, it is natural instinct for a male to stand while going potty. Sleeping between you and his dad, only way to change that is to just stop allowing it, first 2-3 nights there will be a lot of him getting in your bed and you putting him back in his bed but in the long run it's worth it just DON'T give in, if you do then the next time you try to get him to sleep in his bed will be 10 times worse.

Tina - posted on 07/13/2011

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You could try letting him brush his teeth while you brush yours, give him time with the potty it might be to soon for him, you could put his bed in your room and once he gets use to that you can then try to put him in his room for naps and then work your way into him sleeping in his room all the time, as for the bottle I threw all three of my kids bottles away when they hit 1 and the only way they could have a drink was with a sippy if they didn't like it then they didnt drink when he becomes thirsty he will take it, also to start make sure it has a soft top like bottles do.

Tanya - posted on 07/12/2011

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Desi is also very loud. We practice talking softly but he doesn;t usually remember. Tough with a 4.5 month old in the house! For tooth brushing our new favorite thing is to both brush his teeth! He has 2 character brushes and he chooses which he wants to use. We start out taking turns but usually end up brushing at the same time. He thinks that's really funny and I play it up, telling him how silly he is. Desi pees in the potty but refuses to poop in there. I could leave him there for half an hour and he'd wait till I take him off, walk into another room, and poop in his underwear, then come tell me. I say it's ok to have milk before sleeping, but try giving it to him before bed, then brushing. My son took this transition better than I expected. For the co-sleeping, if you;re ready for him to sleep alone maybe involve him in the picking of a big boy bed (or sheets) and praise him when he stays in his own bed all night (or a long time). We usually lie with Desi in bed for awhile till he's calm for sleep after his story. The bedtime routine is important and it';s a small sacrifice that makes him stay in bed instead of running out crying to join us in the kitchen. Hope some of that helps! Good luck!

Sharna - posted on 07/10/2011

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I am a dental nurse with a 23 month old little boy. We have battled with him for a while with brushing his teeth, but he is very good now. KEEP IT UP!!! Make it fun, take a teddy into the bathroom with you and brush it's 'pretend' teeth first. Let him look in the mirror to see what you are doing too....even if it means standing on the bench for a little while!! Concentrate on brushing the gums.....bacteria builds up mainly around the gingiva (the place where the tooth and gum meet), so if you are cleaning the gums, you are cleaning the teeth. Get a REALLY small toothbrush too, the smaller the better. Also, if his ears are blocked this may effect the loudness of his speech. Maybe get them checked at an audiologist/doctor just to ease your concerns. Hope this helps.

Stephanie - posted on 07/09/2011

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I've had many struggles with my little guy( turns 2 aug.24th!). He used to let us brush his teeth and then just refused it one day...I kept on it with the same routine and now he brushes his own teeth everytime and he even lets me floss them!!! He loves being tickled and tickling others so i told him i was going to "tickle" his teeth and he thought that was great so now he tickles his teeth with the brush and i floss them!
Mine is still using bottles as well but last week he missed his afternoon bottle a few times(due to being so tired and busy we skipped over it!) and he was fine so we're now going on day 6 with no afternoon bottle!!! I'm still unsure on how i'm going to cut out the morning and night ones though!
As for potty training i've had 2 potties in my house for about 5-6 months just for him to get used to. He was showing signs of being ready for potty training so i thought i'd go alone with them and he regressed badly so i stopped completely a few weeks ago and now he's starting to play with the potty again and sit on it! so it's not something you want to rush or push too hard!!

Jenny - posted on 07/08/2011

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I don't have a problem with the brushing thanks to Barney lol. tho my little girl just wants to bite the brush. I brush her teeth first then I let her do it. I asked a dentist if that was ok and she said that it is more than fine because when she bites the brush the bristles go between the teeth and are able to help get the "in between" stuff.

Sonya - posted on 07/07/2011

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You're not alone. My son hates to get his teeth brush. It's a constant struggle, but I figured if I don't do it right he'll get cavities and that would be worse. I keep hoping that he'll get used to it. We haven't even started potty training yet, but I hear it takes quite awhile and routine is key. For too loud, I would just try and teach him to use an inside voice. I think we were all taught that when we were little! ;) Expression is a good thing, but loud can get tiring. If the sleeping doesn't bother you, I wouldn't worry about it. There are a lot of people who co-sleep and I haven't heard of one little one who didn't eventually leave the nest. Bottle maybe try an introduce a sippy during the day and keep practising with it. Let him have a bottle at night time until he gets the hang of the sippy cup. But don't worry he'll get it. Took my little guy a bit too. Hope that helps!

Stacia - posted on 07/06/2011

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i have trouble with #'s 1,3,4,5 with my 22 month old son....i also need tips and advice

Toccara - posted on 07/03/2011

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2 months into potty training? You have some time. You do have to do things by routine. Start by when he wakes up take him to the potty let him sit there for about 5 minutes. After that try taking him to the potty every 15 or 30 mins. After and Before he eats and drinks. Talk to him and tell him what you all are doing. Have you transitioned to pull ups yet? Have you bought him his own potty or one that fits into the big toilet?

Chenai - posted on 07/03/2011

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introduced potty in may, toothpaste is bubblegum flavoured, yes i let him watch me or his dad do it but he wants toplay with it, he does eat the paste but doesnt brush. he has always slept between parents, his cot is by my bedside so when he cries at night he jumps over or when he realises i am alone here. i havent tried weaning him off the bottle, honestly, am not sure how to do it. i weaned him off the breast at 14months and he has been on the bottle since.

Toccara - posted on 07/03/2011

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2. the too loud part. I think that is just going to have to change with time. Mine is 22 months and his ridiculously loud when he gets into deep convo. How long have you had the potty introduced to him? Do you use the flavored floride tooth past for toddlers? Do you let him watch you brush his teeth? Has he always slept with mommy and daddy? When did you first try weening him of his bottle?

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