I'm back, and I have a little "questionnaire" for you all. Lately we've been getting ready for some big new changes in our house... Porter is moving to a new big boy bed soon, and eventually we need to begin potty training. I dread both of these transitions with the whole of my humongous body, but embrace them we must.
So, with thinking about these stages my little man is going to go through, as well as the arrival of a new little guy who will in turn have lots of milestones and transitions to go through... I began wondering at what ages he will go through these transitions as compared to Porter. And, by this I mean transitions/milestones that aren't "child development" related (ie... sitting, crawling, walking). I mean "parent involved" transitions. Such as.. cutting out the bottle, potty training, moving to a big bed etc.
Now, I do NOT want this to become a hot topic debate... I'm just interested in everyone's opinions/views on when they thing these things should be transitioned to/from. I think it'd be neat to get a ton of answers and see what the "median" age is for each of these things.
In your response, if your "ideal age" for these things differed with your kids please tell why (did you breastfeed for a shorter time than you think is "ideal" or did you keep your kids in a crib for longer than you think is necessary etc...).
What is your "ideal age" to "cut out/take away" these things:
- Sippy cup
- Co-sleeping/sleeping with parent (more than 50% of the time, let's say)
- Baths in those little baby tubs
- Highchair (moving to a booster seat)
- Listening to music at bedtime/during sleep
- Using/wearing bibs at meals
- Solid foods
- Watching TV
- Pierce ears (for girls)
- Using a pillow
- Potty training
- Toddler/big kid bed
- Staying the night at a relatives
- Playing at a friends house without you (ie... not a "playdate")
- Staying the night with a friend
- Chewing gum
- Have a tv in their room
- Have a phone in their room
- Use the computer (let's say... playing games)
- Using "play" makeup
- Play an organized sport (ie... soccer, basketball, etc.) or take a lesson in a sport/hobby (ie... horseback riding lessons, dance lessons, ice skating lessons etc.)