How do I start this?

Mareshah - posted on 05/25/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 since April, she's still on the bottle, and on pampers. She takes the potty well but I haven't made her go full time potty, as for the bottle? I don't know how to get her off. I'm a first time mom and I've been single raising her alone, I love her and I give her everything she wants and I'm sensitive when it comes to her. So what's the next step to wean her off the bottle and get her potty trained?

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Nancy - posted on 05/30/2013

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The potty training phase can seem hard at times. Just be patient, when she is ready, she will let you know. I agree with the pull-ups idea though. You already have her going potty sometimes, so just get some pull-ups and let her try those. As for the bottle at three years old; she should be using sippy cups. Just throw all her bottles away ( I threw my babies bottles away when they turned a year old). Tell her no more bottles, and hand her a sippy cup. She may cry, but every time she asks for her bottle, hand her the cup. She will eventullay take to that cup, like she did the bottle. Sounds harsh, but if you are this easy to give in now, how will you be later on down the road. Think about it.

God Bless You and your baby girl.

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Alicia - posted on 06/03/2013

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what i did with my 3 yr old (also an april baby) was i told her that she was a big girl and didnt need the bottle anymore. the other thing is the bottle filled with water? cause if its anything else it will damage her teeth. i also assume that she is in a 'big girl bed' what i would do is take her to the store and let her pick out something special to sleep with or a new blanket and tell her that if she has a bottle she needs her baby things but she can have the big girl 'thing' that she got at the store if she doesnt use her bottle. its a good transition for them and it worked for me. as for potty training put her in 'big girl underwear' and there will be accidents cause shes learning but thats ok. in my house we have 'potty treats' to encourage going. if she goes pee then its two m&ms but poo gets 4 m&ms. maybe your child is into stickers use those instead if she is put them in a book or on the potty and praise her up. let her call grandma or someone special so they can praise her too if she goes. and be tough. if you have to go to the potty then she needs to sit on her potty just like mommy and try

Amy - posted on 06/02/2013

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My daughter did not want to give up the bottle. I would really water down the milk in her bottle so it would taste bad. In her cup she had chocolate milk, juice, water or regular milk. I was makeing cup taste much better than bottle. After about a week she no longer wanted her bottle. I had to stick with it.

Aimee - posted on 06/01/2013

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A bottle at 3 years old? I got rid of my sons when he was a year old. As soon as they can drink from a cup, there's no need for bottles anymore. U probably just want to keep her as your baby but its only gonna make it worse in the long run. Just tell her, bottles r for babies and u r a big girl now. Throw them away! If their not there, u can't use them. As for potty training, if she seems like she's ready, then just b consistent with it. U can't go back and forth. Either she's ready or she's not. Reward charts r great. Use stickers for #1 and I would use mini m&ms for #2. It worked great. He was potty trained by 3 and we were both better for it. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 06/01/2013

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You are best doing 1 thing at a time so i would start with the bottle 1st. Buy her a childs tea making set n let her have water in the teapot, she will love making mummy a cup of tea n having a sip herself, once she has got used to drinking from a cup without wetting herself through she will prefer a cup after all it us easier & healther to drink from a cup. As for potty training this cannot be rushed or forced, only start when you are sure she is ready, e.g. Telling you she wants a wee etc. its good to start in the summer as accidents will happen! You need time n patience so do it in a week that you will be at home. most importantly praise her with a reward chart n don't worry about any accidents, good luck x

Dalia - posted on 06/01/2013

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My son is 3, he got off the bottle at 2. He transitioned to a sippy cup after he threw his only bottle out the car window. I said ok that's it, no more bottle baby. I only kept one bottle around after he turned a year and a half. The sippy cup he lost, more like left at a cousins. Again I said ok no more sippy cup, time for big boy cups. I would put straws in his cups and he just got used to them from then on...with or without straws. As for potty training, It took a few months for him to grasp the idea. I would allow him in the restroom while I went as well as when my husband went that way he'd get the idea that everyone uses the potty. he had accidents along the way but he was always dry at night, and I didn't decide to use training pants because I feel that they hinder the process. So it was just regular undies or no undies at all. You have to be consistent too, and wherever she goes...to sleep over or visit family without you being there, they should be on board as well and make sure she uses the toilet. Hope this was helpful. I know girls differ from boys, but he got it right before he turned 2, it was like my own personal Christmas gift.

Jeanie - posted on 05/31/2013

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My son had his bottle until 3 1/2. He was allowed to have it during bed times but when he was awake he had to use a cup. Then he was given the choice of his favorite juice in a cup or his bottle with prune juice. He quickly going for the cup and soon forgot to ask for his bottle.
As for the potty training I went to cloth underpants during the day and pull ups at night. At home my kids would be bottomless until the got the idea. **Word of caution.** Trying to do both at the same time could set both of you up for failure.

Terra - posted on 05/25/2013

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When I potty trained I just put my girls in big girl panties all day an at night pull ups and for the bottle that will be the big deal for her and for you but give her dippy cups and only sippy cups try anyways it will be hard especially if she knows mommy will give in the bottle can ruin her teeth and she will b going to school soon those are things you can try anyways hope this helps

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