hello, my niece who is 2 years old and 3 months has had not real perental guidence and i would like to potty train her, is she at the right age? and how would i go about it. she does not pay attention very well, or listen well either. we are trying to teach her manners and being nice. is this typical behaviour for a 2 year old? can you help me out with the potty training.
yes she is with me full time day and night and she also chews her bottle nipples and breaks them and it is getting costly buy new ones every so ofter. what shoudl i do?
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Per the bottle, might be time to start weaning her off of it at her age. As well, some of why she is breaking the nipples with her teeth might be to provide some relief from teething pain. I'd ask her pediatrician about this, but i'd also consider ditching the bottle habit: it's bad for her teeth anyway.
In terms of toilet training, has SHE yet made clear any interest in it? Usually, it's going to work when she herself seems interested: that's often how you know when the age is right. To get her interested, some things that can be helpful are reading children's books to her about using the toilet, talking about it in common conversation, asking every now and then if she wants to try (just let her sit on it when she wants to, rather than trying to get her to urinate or defecate), purchasing "big girl" underpants for her to wear, even just to try them on and see how it feels, explaining what they're for, etc.
Questions like this really are best asked of her pediatrician: do you have one for her you can talk to and ask questions of comfortably?
Right now is a good time to potty train and She should of been off the bottle at age 1. Drinking from the bottle after age 1 can cause tooth problems and in some cases speach problems. I am a mother so you can trust me.
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