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Is your child climbing out of the crib?

Posted November 24, 2010

Before you move your child to a toddler bed, please consider purchasing a crib tent.  This nifty item allows you to continue to use your crib with peace of mind because the "tent" prevents your child from climbing/falling out.  I always recommend keeping your child in a crib until age three years.  The move comes more easily for them at that age and they can begin to understand the rules surrounding this privilege.  Even then, many children require you to find a way to keep the door closed because they can't resist the temptation of coming out at bedtime or in the middle of the night. 

Here is a link to Wallmart's crib tent product.  (Normally I prefer to recommend an independent store, but WM's link was easiest for me to use.)

If you are having difficulty with a child who has previously slept well, started climbing out. got moved to a toddler bed and now bedtime is a disaster, I can help you through an Ask Kitty Email Question

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“When should I attend the Toilet Learning Seminar?”

Posted November 18, 2010

Just wondering about your toilet training seminar... Wondering what age is appropriate to sign up?  My daughter is 18 months - wondering If you suggest waiting until after 2 or later before i register for anything... thanks!


In my Toilet Learning the Easy Way seminar I focus on the year between age two and three.  I discuss what parents may do during that year, with a particular focus on my strong recommendations about what not to do during that year. This is a year for toilet learning. It isn't until age three that I recommend parents do any toilet training (sometimes the child will have figured it out independently by then, which is lovely.)

Of course these recommendations go against popular beliefs that all this should be accomplished "early," and parents often feel peer or generational pressure to have this finished around age two.  I prefer to reach parents before they are tempted to start "training" so in that sense, any time between 18 months and 24 months is a good time to attend. Oh, and beware of the "false start" potential around 19-21 months when some children become very curious about the toilet and parents mistakenly think they need to get going on training. Doing so can mean spending the better part of the next  2 years struggling with this issue.

Thank you for asking what many parents wonder about.

Kitty

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