Have you tackled Potty training and bottle breaking?

Marji - posted on 08/07/2011 ( 162 moms have responded )

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Who has their September 2009 babies broken from their "baby habits"?
Emily will be 2 on the 9th, she is head strong and super smart, she knows alot more than I think she should but refuses to use the potty or even tell me if she's dirty and will only drink milk warmed for a bit and in a bottle. She is still asking for bottles 3 to 4 times a day. Her eating habits are horrible, she has 5 or 6 foods she will eat and won't put anything else in her mouth, so I'm hesitant to get rid of the bottle, at least she's getting nurishment and vitamins from the milk.

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Arlisse - posted on 08/10/2011

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My daughter will be 2 in September. I did get her off the bottle a little after she turned 1. From what I've heard sucking on the bottle can affect how the teeth grow in. I just put her milk in a sippy cup and if she refused then i wouldn't give it to her. She eventually realized that the cup was better than nothing. Potty training is off and on. On at the moment though. I try to keep a schedule for potty training but if she's being really stubborn, I don't push. As for foods, I try to put new ones in front of her and at least have her try it. She likes to stick to her fruits and dairies.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/09/2011

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Yeah, you did sound a bit "snarky". I'm just relaying what licensed medical professionals told me for both my children. And you can put breast milk in a sippy cup just like regular milk. I didn't say mine were perfect and were totally off the day after they turned one. Geez. Calm down. Nothing I said was aggressive or mean. Chill out Antoinette.

Debbie - posted on 08/09/2011

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My son Brayden will be 2 on the 14th of September. He was pretty much off the bottle by 9 months but only because he wanted to be. My mom is a firm believer in being off the bottle at 1, potty trained at 18 months and off the pacifier at 2. It's not always that simple as the way people did things "back in the day". Like I said, Brayden wanted off the bottle because he saw his cousin Josh using cups since Josh is a couple months older and my mom took Josh's bottles away at 1. Anyway, Brayden stopped using his paci at 6 months but only because he subbed in sucking on his receiving blankets and he STILL does that every night and nap time. He is not potty training. I bought him the training potty and I let him come to the bathroom with myself as does my husband however as much as he is interested in watching us, he has NO interest in attempting to go on the potty himself. They will do things in their own time, just keep offering the new options.

Jennifer - posted on 08/09/2011

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My son was off the bottle at 1, but only because I heard from my friends how hard it can be to wean them off once they get past one. I will say when I want my pig headed child to do something I make it a game or make a big deal out of it. I bought him a crazy straw sippy at walmart and asked him to show me and my husband, and anyone else for that matter, how he could drink through it. Mainly he loved the attention and he really like the straw winding all around the outside of the cup, and I liked the screw on lid that halted most spills. He had potty training on the brain for about 2 weeks and then stopped asking about the potty so I wouldn't push it. All my friends with older kids say it takes forever unless they are ready, and if you wait until they are ready they are trained in a week or less. Good luck :)

Alanna - posted on 08/09/2011

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My daughter will be 2 on the 21st. She has been off the bottle for only a month... I was really nervous of how she would react but she did really well with us taking it away. She is not potty trained but i am hoping she will be soon :) She tells me when she has a dirty diaper but by then its too late. They say when they are ready they are ready.... So i am keeping my fingers crossed!

Aimee - posted on 08/08/2011

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My daughterisalso 2 on the 9th. She hasn't had a bottlesince she was 3 months old, but in saying that she still has a dummy for naps and night sleep. She is pretty good with her food and generally eats what we do. Starting to toilet train now, she still wears a nappy most of the day only an hour or 2 without it at the mo, she loves going wees in the potty but I think I will have a hard time with poos. She only wants to do it in a nappy and hates me changing her bum after.....we will get there thou I don't really care how long it takes her, i'm in no rush and don't want to pressure her.

Antoinette - posted on 08/08/2011

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In response to Elizabeth I don't believe in hard and fast "supposed to" when it comes to the kids milestones and I don't think that it helps to be told that because it can cause needless worry. Different strokes for different folks. Would you have the same stance if the frequency of my childs bottle feeds were still breastfeeds? I am curious as to what exactly is bad for the mouth from being bottle fed. The only thing I am aware of is that the milk sugars can build up on the teeth which with regular brushing I am not worried about, which was also the only thing that my plunket nurse suggested could pose a problem other than my lack of sleep. I probably sound kinda snarky and I'm sorry if I do but "supposed to" just makes me angry and I'd happily have my son off the bottle if I had found a way to do so.

Stacey - posted on 08/08/2011

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I hope this helps you feel a bit better. My Ana and your little girl sound quite a bit a like. I have Ana off the bottle for everything but her formula (special formula for PKU) and I am now working on that. I think she is about ready for potty training but waiting till the household calms down a bit before we try...My real issue with her is getting her to eat! She will only eat fruits and crackers!! She might not be allowed meat but she used to eat her veggies. Now she will only eat them off of grandma's plate! lol Got to love the two-year olds!

Sheila - posted on 08/08/2011

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We are in the same boat here with Gracie so let me know if you find out anything that can help us too!! :)

Elizabeth - posted on 08/08/2011

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The bottle is supposed to be gone at one. Het rid of that asap. And my oldest son was almost 4 before he was potty trained 100%. The potty training will come when they are ready. If you put the milk in a sippy cup, they'll drink it if they get thirsty enough. The bottles are bad for their mouths beyond 1.

Kellie - posted on 08/07/2011

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Jeez, my bottles were gone the week after he turned 1...the sooner the better (in my opinion.) As far as potty training, my son's not even close. He doesn't even comprehend that he's dirty yet. He shows interest in Mommy going potty and he likes to flush but I think we still have a while before we even start.

Antoinette - posted on 08/07/2011

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My son is 2 on the 1st of Sep, he eats well at day care or when we go out but will be a bit of a fuss pot at home. His top 3 consumables right now would be #1 Milk #2 Yoghurt #3 Potato/Kumara(sweet potato). He is very clever and stubborn, but definately couldn't tell me if he needed to go potty and will only sometimes tell me when he's dirty (but I usually smell it or notice the funny waddle first). If I take his nappy off he'll often start peeing on the floor and when I screech and throw a nappy or towel under him he stops, takes a step away and continues peeing on the floor, so for my sanity he can stay in nappies for now!
He goes thru about 2litres of milk every 24hrs, 1.8 of it is between 6pm and 6am - he still wakes for bottle 4-6 times a night! I've tried substituting with water or a pacifier or feeding more during the day to no avail, he wants his milk! I try for about a week before I'm too sleep deprived (well even more so than usual) to fight anymore so I just let him have his bottles. I'm sure he'll grow out of it eventually (fingers crossed).
My daughter (1 Jan 2009) will go on the potty or toilet if you put her there but will rarely tell me that she needs to go, she eats well and ditched the bottle herself at about 18mos, still needs a pacifier to sleep, but at least sleeps through the night most nights. I guess it's just one of those every baby is different things.

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