Danielle - posted on 06/03/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )
I have been told a few times that I am forcing my child to grow up too fast. This has come from different people all older, i.e. my inlaws and my grandparents being the most prominent. They tell me this because I have weaned my child of her paci at 7 to 8 months and now I plan on weaning her from the bottle soon. I want to kick the bottle habit before she is a year old, she is 9 months now. I also plan on introducing the potty as soon as she can walk. They keep telling me that I need to just let her be a baby. All I am trying to do is get certain habits stopped before she cares and start new ones before she is comfortable with the way things are. She has no attachment to the bottle, just what is inside the bottle, so I don't see a problem in taking it away as soon as she gets better with the sippy cup. My daughter is also very independent, so she doesn't need me all the time. She sits and plays by herself for long chunks of time for an infant and this is a cause for concern for them. My daughter lets me know when she wants attention and I give it to her when she wants it and sometimes when she doesn't. I am trying to bring up my daughter to be her own person even at this young age. They think I am not giving her enough love and attention and that I am trying to force her to grow up too fast. Am I forcing her to grow up too fast?