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So there's been a lot going on around here...<br><br>
I graduated from graduate school in June. I left my "just while in school" job at the same time. I was running the school where DS attended so that means he lost his preschool at the same time. The good news is that we have been in the same daycare since he was 14 weeks old because I kept him there a couple days/wk while I was in school so I had a prayer of studying. When I find my job (which will likely have to be full time), he'll be able to go there full time until we figure out what's next. He is happy there but its truly a daycare not a preschool and I do want him back in more of a learning environment at least 3 days/wk. We are still looking for a new school so right now he's just at daycare but soon there will be a change there.<br><br>
Most of the schools we've contacted *require* kids to be potty trained before they can come. So... We gotta get after that.<br><br>
Today he climbed out of his crib for the first time and came to see me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"> So we need to go to a 'big boy' bed. Ack! This means re-kid proofing his room for possible night roaming and actually reevaluating the safety of the whole house to make sure its ok if he gets up at night. It also may mean preparing for a lot more bedtime battles which I'm not really excited about.<br><br>
The ped says we need to get rid of the binky before it messes up his teeth terribly. He is only using it at nap and bedtimes. He never walks around with it at all but still he says he wants it gone pretty soon.<br><br>
So - that's 4 big things and I'm not sure how to approach:<br>
Starting New School (requires potty training)<br>
Potty Training<br>
Big Boy Bed<br>
No More Binky<br><br>
Any suggestions would be great. Thanks.
 

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Re the binky (since I have been wondering about this issue myself):<br><br><a href="http://www.aapd.org/publications/brochures/tfphabits.asp" target="_blank">http://www.aapd.org/publications/bro.../tfphabits.asp</a><br><br>
Apparently the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists does *not* think paci use at this age is harmful, so you can cross that one off your list! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'd ditch the paci now. Or take it down to night times. He's going to be going into a different/older peer group who (probably) don't use them anymore (though that may be incentive for him to toss it). We went to just nap and night times just after DD's 2nd birthday. Just after that we took a pretty big trip to see family - we let her have it there as it was comfort and kind of chaotic at the time (my sister was graduating high school). We started working on it again when we got home and back in our routine (so about 2y4m). She'd bite through them and when that would happen we just toss 'em. As long as there was one around she could have it for naptime or nighttime. When they were all gone, they were all gone. Took a night or two and she was done and fine with it. No, we didn't CIO (DH has no problem with that - I've told him to stuff it). We held her, rocked her, talked about how she didn't need it anymore, etc.<br><br>
PTing...can't really force that issue. I can only tell you what we did. We started a few days before saying how the diaper didn't feel good with poo and pee in it. Didn't take much for DD to start saying she had a poo or a pee diaper. Then we just started with panties. As soon as she would go (I mean as soon as she went), I either picked her up or we hurried to the toilet. It took quite a while - about a month and I did get disheartened. Finally we did a sticker chart - each time she did anything in the potty she got a sticker. Oh and it progressed to heading to the bathroom and announcing she needed to potty right after she peed or pooped. Then the pee was good - she might wet her panties a bit before finishing on the potty, but that was not even a week of that and then she had it. Poop took longer. It's only been in the last 3-4 weeks that she's gotten poop in the potty. We started this in June and she's potty trained (daytime - still use a pull up when we go to the park or the garden - she hates port-a-potties and I'm not forcing that issue. She has woken up dry many times but not totally consistent and she's not in a hurry for nighttime) now just in time for preschool. But that's just our story.<br><br>
As for the big boy bed, I'm amazed he's still in a crib. DD climbed out of her crib (and she was never a "climber") at 18 months and we converted to a toddler bed. Now we're looking at going to a twin because she's almost too long/tall. I'd make him part of it - let him help pick the sheets, etc. and explain why you're "kid proofing" the room to keep him safe. If you do it with him very involved, I bet you won't have a problem at all. Him getting out of the crib is a good sign he's ready for a big boy bed.<br><br>
So, I'd do the bed thing first, integrate the paci just at naps and bedtime and start the PTing slowly when he's comfy with the big boy bed. When that's done, he'll be good for the new school. Does that outline make sense? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
And CONGRATULATIONS on graduating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
Jenn
 
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