Am I stupid..My daughter is 14 mo. and I have really not even thought of weaning her from the bottle yet...She has 3 or 4 a day..Should i be weaning her? A toddler bed really, should I be doing this already? What about potty training, I have thoughyt of that. When should I start any suggestions?

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Tish - posted on 04/10/2009

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I have a 15 month old daughter myself, she still drinks from a bottle... she has one when before her nap and before bedtime, and sometimes when she wakes in the morning. It is more or less a comfort for her and no matter what i have tried she will not drink her milk from any type of cup. Some people freak out about the whole bottle thing, i look at it as a comfort thing for her and i really do not see an issue with it. When they are ready they are ready you cant really push the issue.

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Autumn - posted on 11/29/2011

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noooo lol u should start trying soon now she can have milk tho. i ddint pot my kid ina toddler bed till she was 18mths u should wait at least taht long

Precious - posted on 11/27/2011

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WOW!!!! Am I the only mother on here with my kids completely off the bottle at 5-6months, and off the sippy cup and potty trained by 12 months. You are not stupid. At least you are trying to figure out what you need to do while your baby is still a baby. Stop your baby cold turkey with the bottle and introduce her to the potty now. Give her panties and show her that you have panties as well. She is going to want to be just like you. "Panties are cool". My youngest is 19months and she has been completely potty trained since her 12 month bday. Even my oldest child was the same way, so was my son.

Sara - posted on 11/25/2011

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my daughter now almost 4 got off her bottle a week before her 2nd b-day. she got potty trained when she was 2 1/2, and she sleeps in bed with me. her getting off the bottle at 2 i went straight to cups didnt do a sippy cup.

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2011

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My son weaned himself off his final pre bed bottle when he was 3 years old. He liked that one and our doctor said there was nothing wrong with letting him have it. And she informed me that in many European countries (and England where she is from), parents don't rush to get their children through life. And most kids will self wean by around age 3, just like mine did. He is now a very happy 4.5 year old and there was no stress for him and no stress for us.

Lynn - posted on 11/17/2011

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Do not do toddler bed yet! That's when the bedtime battles will start. I didn't take my kids from the crib until they were able to crawl out of it on their own. As far as the bottle goes. Once my kids were old enough to walk around with the bottle I took it away during the day and went to a sippy cup. They took the bottle at nap and bedtime only. One night before she turned two I stopped the bottles altogether, She didn't seem to notice that she wasn't getting one anymore. She never asked for it..I came out lucky on that one!!! Good luck

Wendi - posted on 11/15/2011

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Soft spout sippys we found made it a little easier to transition. My son is 2 and still using a seal and lock hard spout sippy sleeping in a crib because like Joanne sid mine too would be out of bed and playing with everything he could get his hands on since for now sleep is a four letter word in his mind... he might miss something so still in a crib for him for now. We have a conversion bed and mattress so he is sleeping on the toddler side but still in a crib. As for potty training we are waiting a little on that till he starts talking more. Tried the regular potty once cause he was pointing at it and patting the handle and all that but he freaked out bad so Dr said wait a few months and try again.

Jerica - posted on 11/14/2011

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Both of my children were in toddler beds shortly after they were walking well. It helped to get them into a good bedtime habit. They can get into and out of their own beds, giving them a little freedom. As far as bottle weaning, both of my kids were weaned right around 1 because I was afraid of bottle rotted teeth and I didn't want my kids to be walking around with a bottle in their mouth.

Sharie - posted on 11/10/2011

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honestly i dont think its a big deal 14moths is only two months older than a year. i took mine off at 12mos but i think as long as u take it away before two theres no issue

Alicia - posted on 04/18/2009

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Ha! Bottles? Im still breast feeding my daughter (14 months). She's my last baby so Im in no rush to wean her.

Nicole - posted on 04/18/2009

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My son isn't weened either, I tried but he absolutely refuses to drink out of a sippy cup, I know it's his comfort to have the bottle, my older son prefferd the sippy cup, but this time it's not so easy, I know they say it's bad for their teeth, I think when he's ready he will go to the sippy cup, as for the toddler bed, he's definetly not ready for that yet. I didn't start potty training until my oldest was two.

Kelly - posted on 04/18/2009

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ya know what you go girl you are listening to what ure baby is comfortable with an all of ure instincts my pet hate is bloody health visitors who all think that every mother has to have a text book baby and woe be tide you if ure baby falls below or above anything it states an the best thing about them half of em dont have kids! an yet they are so quick to judge us mums who gave birth to our child carried them for nine monthes an spend our every waking moment with our babies and there they are saying do this and dont do that a number of times i have said well do that with her an you come and look afterher then!! sorry they just really bug me each child is an individual has differner needs etc so yes love i havnt put my girl in abig bed jus yet and as for potty training i put her on a potty frm 6 months of age just once a day now she does it for me everymornin on thre but jus intro slowly is my motto kk good luck

Heather - posted on 04/17/2009

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My Doc tells me I need to get my 15 month old off her bottle. I've had a hard time, cause she won't drink her milk from a sippy cup. Water is fine, but no milk.

Potty training can only go so far if you can't communicate. My daughter is definately no where close, I can't even get her to "come here", let alone "tell when you have to go, so we can go to the potty"

I've read that Toddler beds are for when they start climbing out of the crib, Mine isn't yet, but if yours is, then its time.

Michaela - posted on 04/17/2009

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I took both my children off the bottle when they turned 1 yr. It was pretty easy, the hardest part was bed time. But I think the younger they are the easier it is. My dr. says 14months is usually the time when she tells parents to nix the bottle.

Kara - posted on 04/16/2009

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My 14mo. son is the same way. It's the only way to get him to sleep quickly is if he has a bottle. He is fine with sippy cups during the day and any time other than sleepy time. As for potty training, there is a lot of controversy on age, but the average starting time is 2 yrs. old.

Hannah - posted on 04/16/2009

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Hello, my daughter is 15months and has one bottle a day before bed. My health visiter told me that the bottle teats will slow down the childs speech and its best to use a cup . I find the more normal adult food they eat the less likely they are going to want a bottle as they are full up on food. Ive been told the earlier you start potty training the more problems you will have in the toilet department ie, wetting and soiling more when older, its best to start age 2 and half years. they also need to recognize and tell you when they have done a wee or poo. Hope this helps

Hannah x

Olivia - posted on 04/15/2009

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I was in a shop the other day and saw a 3-4 year old walking around drinking from a baby bottle. I guess that is the fear that they will never get off the bottle. My son has a bottle when he wakes up and before he goes to bed. Sometimes before a nap if he won't settle down. At this age, there is no problem. Good luck!

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i weaned my son off the bottle at 13 months, apparantly between eleven and fiften months is the ideal time to wean them, the older they get the more likely they are to throw their bottles around, and apparantly the nipple on the bottle pick up a lot of germs with increases there chances of getting ear infections and such...(i have a lot of family members in the medical field and they all say the same thing)



Toddler bed, i think il have to agree with angela and say id want to wait until he stops flopping around the bed....



I will probably start potty training in the next few months, but that is because he is showing signs that he's ready, he holds his pee really well (you can tell by checking how often his diaper gets wet) and secondly i always know when he poops...the has specific areas in the house he goes to and squats and grunts.

Angela - posted on 04/14/2009

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My 15 month old has been off a "bottle" since she was 13 months, which is the same time I quit breast feeding. I switched to a soft lipped sippy cup, and she couldn't care less whether is was breast milk or regular. I'm still glad i did it, but man...

As far as potty training goes, you aren't supposed to even try under 18 months, or it could take a lot longer than a year to potty train. I did buy a potty seat, but Lorelei just pushes it around and uses it to climb on. Not so smart there.

I'm not even trying the toddler bed until she'll stop flopping around her bed and actually want to (or act like she wants to) sleep. She's too interested in the few toys in her room to sleep if she could get to them.

Karyn - posted on 04/14/2009

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i have a 15 month nd i give hur milk, bout 2-3 a day. im tryin to wean on to full milk. but there no need to get hur off th bottle until ur baby can go to sleep with out it. and potty training doesnt usually till closer to two, the baby gta know whn she is going to do wees. and iv got my gabby in a cot still. im keeping her in there for a wee while longer. dnt want my baby growin up too fast :)

Carys - posted on 04/14/2009

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My 14 month old has abottle when he wakes, and before going to bed, and has one other milk drink in the afternoon  out of a sippy cup. He takes his other drinks from an open cup. We keep to the same colour and style sippy cup for his afternoon milk so that he remembers that it's milk inside.



Don't hurry about a bed - next year will be soon enough, and don't even think about potty training. If you push potty training, your child will have SERIOUS toilet issues - I see it at work where I teach children with pushy parents that treat everything to do with their child as a competition. When your child tells you about needing a wee or poo, then think about the potty.

Stacy - posted on 04/12/2009

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I weaned my son off of bottles at 11 months. As far as the toddler bed goes, I transitioned him about two a month ago because he was trying to climb out of his crib. And the potty training.........it took me until my three year old was two and a half before I could even get him interested. From what I've read in various books written by child specialists, you're not really supposed to start potty training until at least two years of age. Good luck.

Lisa - posted on 04/12/2009

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Hi, my 15 month old son has 2-3 bottles of milk a day plus his breakfast dinner and tea and also snacks throughout the day. His milk is like his comfort especially when its his bedtime he wont go to sleep without having hs bottle and as for having a toddler bed he does sleep in one but has a safety rail so he can't get out of bed. I have not tried him with the potty yet but in the next few weeks i'm going to give it a go

Erin - posted on 04/11/2009

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As far as potty training in concerned you shouldn't start until at least 2 or 3 and most children start around 3 but sometimes as old as 4. When your child can tell you that he or she is wet and ready for the potty is when you should start.

Erin - posted on 04/11/2009

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My daughter is 15 months old and she still goes to sleep with a bottle at night and has one when she first gets up in the morning. Around 12 months you are suppose to wean off bottles of formula and onto milk and it's suppose to be down to 2 or 3 a day. My daughter gets a 9 oz bottle of older child formula (for babies 9 months to 24 months, I like the Wal Mart brand!) and if she takes a nap in the afternoon she drinks milk and any other time during the day that she wants it. Hope this helps.

Emily - posted on 04/10/2009

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You could try cutting down his bottles. My son recently went from 4 bottles a day to 1. 1 right before bedtime. I started when he was about 13 months old. Potty training? Not so much. I personally think 14 months is a little too young!

Vanessa - posted on 04/10/2009

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Hi Tish and thank you...when you read some things in magazines ect makes me feel like an idiot...Have a good Easter

Joanne - posted on 04/09/2009

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No problem, Vanessa. My take on all of this is to let him go at his own pace. He'll only be a baby for so long and I am not in any hurry to make him grow up yet. lol

Vanessa - posted on 04/09/2009

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thank you....Joanne..Im with you my daughter would be up playing all night of she wasnt in her crib...potty training good luck

Joanne - posted on 04/09/2009

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Like you, I am in no rush to wean my 14 month old son off his bottles, at least not completely. He has one in the morning and one at night but he drinks from a sipper cup in the day. The toddler bed... that's going to have to wait for a while. I seriously fear the thought of trying to make him stay in the bed so until it's completely necessary, he'll stay in his crib. This child doesn't really believe he should sleep so if he has the freedom to get out of the bed whenever he wants I'd likely be putting him back in and taking away his toys all night long! Potty training, that one I am going to start in the next few weeks.

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