I'm new and looking for insight on 2 subjects: giving up a pacifier and POTTY TRAINING!

Rachel - posted on 02/15/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi there! I'm Rachel and I joined this site a year ago... and then forgot a little about it. Anyways, I am a SAHM with a 21-month-old daughter and we are having a great time.

My daughter still takes a pacifier at naptime and bedtime. It sounds so easy to take it away, but it literally works like magic and settles her back down if she gets up at night. What to do? Take it away cold turkey or wean her off of it somehow? I truly meant to take it away when she was a year old, but it never happened.

Secondly, what age is everyone starting to potty train at? We haven't yet begun, but I kind of want to know what's on the horizon for us. She still isn't bothered by dirty diapers or interested in sitting on the toilet, but I know its something we should probably start working on soon.

Any and all respectful feedback would be appreciated : )

P.S. I also write a blog to keep in touch with my faraway friends and family, so you can kind of get a window to our lives here: http://glasshalffullness.blogspot.com/

Thanks! And I'm excited about using this site and connecting with other moms!

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Megan - posted on 02/15/2013

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Read the book "Toddler Wise" specifically the chapter on potty training. I am not there yet with my 18 month old son, but this book will open your eyes on the process of potty training and give you some great tools to achieve it.

Good luck!

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Mercedes - posted on 02/15/2013

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I have heard that it is best to try to potty train between 23-36 months, but it probably depends on the child! If they can follow simple commands and communicate with you pretty well, and you can tell kind of track how often they are "going," you could start trying it at any time. My son is 18 months old, so I haven't yet tackled this. I've been reading a lot of blogs and talking to my older sisters who have several potty trained children about it (trying to mentally prepare, heh). Things like buying fun-looking underwear and not allowing them to wear diapers anymore (maybe just pull-ups for bed time) are some things that helped them.

I can't give you any real advice on the pacifier, since my son self-weaned from his at like 8 months and just thinks they are funny now. My sister-in-law quit cold-turkey with her 2 year old by having her complete the "important" job of throwing away all of her pacifiers, and told her they were for "babies" only. Maybe look on Pinterest as well for a bunch of blogs read about different tips and tricks :)

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