You don't see many kindergartners wearing diapers or popping a bottle in their lunch bag! Some milestones like rolling, talking, and walking just sort of happen and others like giving up a lovey, forgoing a pacifier, and moving from crib to bed are more learned. Many parents help their offspring progress by limiting the time their tot is wheeled around in a stroller or eats in a high chair. We asked for your opinions and LilSugar readers chimed in. Here are the results!
- High chairs help hoist babies up to the table to share in family meals and conversations, but when is it time for the tot to transition into a booster or regular seat? Fifty-four percent said this should happen by age 2.
- There's nothing like watching a new babe sleep, but kiddos outgrow or climb out of their cribs eventually. And, co-sleeping children get big enough to warrant their own bed. When is it time for them to sleep solo? Fifty percent said tots should have their own bed by age 2.
- Diapers are a must when you've got a wee one, but eventually children are eager to trade the nappies in for undies and some independence! Sixty-four percent think potty training should be complete by age 3.
- Mama may love the quality time she gets breast or bottle feeding her babe, but at some point the tot is handed a sippy cup. Forty-nine percent think that a child should try out a cup by age 1.
- Binkies only pacify children for so long and then it's time to pop the suckers in the garbage. Forty-five percent say tots should kiss their pacifier goodbye by age 1.
- If a child is riding Fred Flintstone style, it's time to forgo the stroller and start putting some miles on the soles of his shoes. Forty-five percent said at age 3 kids should walk rather than roll.
- Some kiddos find comfort in a security blanket or stuffed animal, but eventually most tots move on to other objects. Fifty-three percent said lovies should be gone at age 5.
Do you agree with these deadlines for learned milestones?