Angie - posted on 04/20/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
So, we went for her 18 month check-up today, and with some of the questions I've seen on here in mind. I am not the type of person to believe blindly what a doctor says just because they are a doctor. I am also not saying these are my personal opinions. I am just putting them out there for everyone to read!
Potty Training - She is ahead of the curve in communication, understanding and following instructions, but he suggested I NOT begin potty training until after her next doctor vist at 2 years old. Why? Because while she can communicate and understand, it is a difficult process that involves sensations that can be uncomfortable. Communication is better at 2, and should lead to less frustration for us both. I also said that when she has to poop, she'll talk about it all day and walk around on her tip-toes with her butt clenched to keep from pooping - especially if she's out in public. She is a good veggie/fruit eater so it is always squishy, but she seems to be preventing herself. He said she probably doesn't like the sensation of it, and is another example of why we should wait to potty train.
Toddler Bed - She COULD climb out of her crib if she wanted to, but doesn't because I told her she could get a bad bonk. She says "Bonk" and puts her leg down and stays in her crib. Should I start with the toddler bed? He said NO. If she's happy putting herself to sleep in there, then let her stay there. If she can stay there until she's 4, great!
Eating - She's a good eater, but sometimes she doesn't want to eat any veggies that particular day. Sometimes, she doesn't want to eat any whole grains on a particular day. He said that it is what she eats in a week, and as long as she's eating balanced meals throughout the week, it is fine. The sweet treat once in awhile is ok too. (A snack my daughter LOVES is dipping Mini Nilla Wafers into a bowl of unsweetened applesauce!)
Best of luck to all of you! I think the most frustrating thing about being a mommy in our current info-world is TOO MUCH INFO, and trying to find what fits us or the "right" thing to do. I am a firm believer of doing what you feel is best, and changing your mind a dozen times to find what works!