Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2011 - Laurel Rock Farms, PA
So as we all know your first child is a def. learning experience. Our son has been such a joy to watch grow and learn and I just can’t let him grow up too fast. He is def. a mommies boy and Im ok with that. However, when do cut the strings a little such as moving him into a toddler bed instead of a crib? When he wakes up in the middle of the night we bring him up to our bed to sleep with us (normally 4:30am-6:00am)? having him use a big boy cup instead of a sippy cup? He is using the potty on his terms or when the timer goes off but when should I just put him in underwear and be done with diapers.
He will always be my boy even if the next one is a boy too. My Gage is my world 🙂 The reason for this post is because we want to start trying for another baby come late fall winter and we want to make sure Gage is ready to be a big brother. Not buying double diapers, having 4 in our bed, and using the same crib for the new baby. Thanks ladies!!
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
The questions you are asking all depend on your child. DS stayed in his crib until he started climbing out, creating a fall issue. He was probably right around 2 when that happens. You’re not pregnant with #2 yet, so as long as your son is still content in his crib, I don’t see a reason to change that.
The sippy cup to regular cup transition is also dependent on your child’s skill with handling a larger cup and successfully drinking more than he ends up wearing down the front of him. Each kid hits that spot at a different time. Start working with him on drinking from a regular cup (I suggest doing this while only wearing a diaper to minimize the number of clothing changes that have to occur in a single day). You will be able to see when he is ready to make the permanent switch.
And potty training is also all about each child, their physical readiness, their interest in doing it, and their temprament. DS was impossible to potty train. No lie, it was the single worst part of parenting. I had to consciously remind myself that he would not go to college in diapers. He was probably 4.5 before he was fully potty trained. He just was not into it. He didn’t care if he sat in wet or soiled underwear. He wouldn’t tell me when he needed to go. He was outright defiant at times. To put it simply, he wasn’t ready. When he decided for himself that he was ready, he was pottty trained in a matter of days. My desired potty training schedule didn’t matter one iota to him.
You have to follow your child’s lead, and that may mean that you have 2 kids in diapers at the same time. You may have 2 kids in your bed at the same time. That’s okay. It won’t stay that way forever.
Post # 3
It is very child specific but I can give some insight into the kids in my daycare classes over the past 4 years. We transition them to sippy cups when they turn 1, we also move them from cribs to cots at age 1, but that could be different at home at night obviously, almost all of the girls are potty trained by 2-2.5, I’d say half the boys are potty trained by 2.5 and the rest by age 3-3.5. Don’t do any drastic changes, ease him in to different routines and things should go smoothly.