We just recently potty trained our 2.5 years old son. This didn't take a very long time luckily (about 5-6 days of "incidents" and suddenly no more).
The issue now is with night training, because he wants a baby bottle with some water to fall asleep and we're not sure how to stop this behaviour.
The sleeping routine goes like this:
- Brushing teeth
- He complains that he doesn't want to sleep
- After 5 minutes or something he gives up and comes willingly
- We change him into his pyjamas, at which point he starts asking for his "blue water" (the bottle is blue and he only gets that for sleeping)
- We put him to bed
- Since we only put a very small amount of water (about 30ml), he asks a couple of times for more water. In total that's probably around 90 or 100 ml
- He falls asleep
- After some time when we check on him, we see that he's not keeping the bottle in his mouth, it's usually somewhere around the bed: that's why we're not really concerned about the teeth.
This happens consistently and it's been very useful as a routine until now.
The issue is that of course this makes it more difficult to do the training to remove the night diapers. They're quite full in the morning, and sometimes so full that we need to completely change his clothes because those are also wet.
He also has a couple of stuffed animals he brings to bed. If we try to take away one of those he's a bit disappointed but nothing major happens. If we try not to give him the water bottle, then a tantrum is coming for sure.
Background info: until he was about 1.5 years old, he used to carry that same blue bottle everywhere and kept drinking from it, including to fall asleep. It took a bit of effort to take it away and to do that we told him that he would get that only to sleep. So, yes, in retrospect that might not have been a wise choice, but it looked like an improvement at the time.
So, the advice that I'm looking for is how to make him not need his little bottle of water.