Potty training and bottle weaning

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Brandy - posted on 12/23/2012

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How old is your child?
My daughter (during the day) was easy to wean to a sippy because her brother is 2 years older than her and she wants to be a big girl. At night was another story. So I started watering down her milk over a 2 week period. After that it was just water. We used the nuby soft spouted sippy cups because you can put a nuby bottle nipple on it, that way she got use to the print and cup and then we switched back to the soft spout. I told her the other nipple was dirty and she was totally fine with that. We did switch her to the hard spouts pretty quick because she was chewing on the other ones and she was ok with that also. I always make sure my kids have water next to them in bed because even I get thirsty at night. All in all it took about 3 months but we had a lot going on at that time and I didn't want to over due her.
As far as potty training goes I recommend going to Wal-Mart and getting a package of plastic pants and those thick training underwear. Or you can get a package of pre-fold diapers and safety pins really cheap at Wal-Mart and do it the old fashioned way but they are impossible to pull down. I just take my daughter every 30 minutes and give her skittle everything she goes. If she goes all by herself without me asking her she gets 2 skittles. I did the same thing with my son (who was totally potty training before his 2nd birthday) when potty training him and he had no problems with the reward system. Even though my son has been potty for well over 2 years he does get so busy that he gets distracted and waits till the absolute last minute to go and ends up with a little wetness in his pants. Also due to my husband being gone 5 days a week (military) and a new baby we aren't pushing the matter with her and just taking our time. It just takes time and patience with kids.
Good Luck and God Bless
Brandy

User - posted on 12/19/2012

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And with the bottle I try not to give them a bottle at all during the day if I do oys only water but at nap and night time it seems like its a must

User - posted on 12/19/2012

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Wow ya thanks.brittney but ya I have been doing as soon as she wakes up then every hour after that. And it works but I feel like if I didnt do that than she wouldnt go. If shes busy she will say no...so I tell her no come on u have to go. But you know I feel like its becoming routine not that she is doing it that im just making her. Not really making her just telling her to go.you know

Brittney - posted on 12/19/2012

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Take the child every 30 minutes to go potty and use underwear (training pants-cloth are expensive and pull ups are diapers). I say start early (when walking) and start out slowly, a lot of change will stress them. As soon as the child wakes up in the morning is the best time to start, before bed, before bath...etc When I was training my daughter it ended up equaling 30 minutes. So I'd set a timer and take her to the potty. I used bare bum for a girl (hard to not notice pee dripping down your leg) and underwear for boys (they pee away from their bodies).

Bottle weaning is relatively easy as long as they are already used to drinking out of a sippy. Replace bottle with sippy for snacks and slowly replace bottle with sippy for snacks. Example: day 1 breakfast bottle, lunch bottle and dinner bottle snacks sippy...day 2 breakfast sippy lunch bottle and dinner bottle, snack sippy. Day 3 keep it the same as day 2, and slowly change it until the only one you have left is the night bottle. Night bottle is the last to go (usually) you can just get rid of them at that point and listen to screaming for a little while or you can give the bottle earlier (like a snack and replace the bottle at night with a sippy).

My daughter..I just forgot to give her her bottle one day and she was fine with it, but I have helped friends with their children.

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