Okay, I'm not a new mom anymore and by the grace of God, we kind of figured it out along the way. But now, I'm a mom to a toddler and I'm wondering where the toddler handbook is. I thought I had it all figured out. But suddenly, she goes days without taking a nap for no rhyme or reason. She won't eat her dinner or try anything new. When should I start potty training and take away that paci she loves so much?
Our pediatrician, who I did not like, told me at Baby C's 18 month check-up, that I needed to get rid of the paci soon. The longer she had it, the harder it would be to take it away. Well, of course I didn't listen to her. I don't regret it though. I just didn't feel like it was time. We had so many changes going on in our life, I didn't want to add something stressful. This past week, however, we've made progress. Every morning, Baby C drops her paci in her crib and it stays there until she lays down. Yay, no more searching on end for lost pacifiers and paying money to replace the old ones. Maybe it doesn't solve the problem completely, but it's a start, right?
Now, about that potty training business. I certainly don't have that one figured out. I put Baby C on the potty, just to test it out. She was scared and wanted down right away. I don't blame her. She probably thought she would fall through the hole. She doesn't have any interest in it, so I don't want to push her. I feel like that might backfire. But I do want to take steps in the right direction.
And the whole no naps for days on end. Well, I'm just going to give Baby C a point for that one. I've tried everything. There is no consistency as to why she will or will not take a nap. I've removed all books and stuffed animals, but she continues to entertain herself. Her room is pretty dark, so I know that's not the case. And I don't see any new teeth popping through, so no teething is going on. Ugh!
Despite the lack of a toddler handbook, we are figuring it out together. I have this love/hate relationship as to how much she is growing and changing. It's fun to hear her say new words and watch her determination and fearlessness to figure something out. But I wish she would slow down. My baby girl is growing into a beautiful little girl. And I'm already missing the baby years.
All children are unique and each family has their own beliefs on how their children are raised. There is no right or wrong way, it's what works best for your family.
With that said, what has worked for you with potty training, pacifiers, nap times and the toddler years?