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Is Leah Remini Turning Her Daughter Into a Really Big Baby?

To some extent, most children have their parents wrapped around their fingers, but Leah Remini's daughter, Sofia Bella takes it to a whole other level.

The Queen of Queens' lil girl who is almost four is still in diapers, drinking from a bottle and waking up all night.

Her very open mama recently talked to Rachael Ray about the situation. To see what the actress said,


Leah said:

The problem I'm having with bottle-feeding is basically that Sofia drinks six or more bottles a night," she explains, a situation that leaves her and her husband Angelo exhausted from handing over new bottles and changing diapers at all hours.

What's your take on the situation?

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oliviagirl oliviagirl 6 years
Mama is clueless!!!!
popsplenda popsplenda 9 years
The longer this goes the more difficult it will be to break the cycle. Maybe Super Nanny could make a visit.
mf mf 9 years
actually, i never said scientologists don't punish their children. i said they don't believe in boundaries (loving discipline vs. punishment) or parent bonding and that they treat their children like little adults. in fact, they use child labor as most of their "camps" and for whatever reason have never been prosecuted.
CesyBabe CesyBabe 9 years
SweetnSour- I was going to make a similar point on the office job point, I know my mother was a stay-at-home mum, but my youngest sister was a very difficult baby, so she got me toilet trained ASAP so I could go off to Playcentre (similar to daycare) without parental supervision (Playcentre is a parental co-op daycare, there are a couple trained supervisor, and many many parents looking after the children), so she could have time by herself. Could her skewed world (i.e. celebrity, possibly Scientology, but not really knowing much about that so reserve comment) be imparing her parenting abilities and her child development? My four year old cousin is now independent enough that my uncle and aunty (who when my cousin was one had a severe stroke and is now quite disabled) could take him successfully to Perth, Australia from New Zealand. I find this rather sad. That poor child
VEverest VEverest 9 years
I have such an issue with this! I have the same issue with this as I do seeing a 3 year old being given a super sized value meal at McD's and after finishing her milkshake, was given a bottle of soda. Kids need change and boundaries. She needs to learn the term NO and stick to it. Her daughter's teeth will be ruined and she'll have attachment issues like crazy. As far as scientologists not punishing children... it isn't true. They're known for their over extreme punishments, read about Sea Org's chain lockers on their ships and Scientology's "gulag's" or concentration camps for misbehaving adults AND children. Many many deaths have been attributed to their brutality. They don't believe in childhood perse... you're as old as your soul is from what I hear. Children are just as responsible for their actions in that "religion" as adults. Back to the point... Leah Remini is the one who needs to grow up. Until she does, her daughter never will. What a pity.
mf mf 9 years
she's raised her child a scientologist from birth as her parents did with her. so presumably, she had a silent birth and did the thing where they take the baby away for a couple days at birth. in addition, scientologists believe that children don't need to be taught but are little adults who can already handle themselves and make their own decisions. most scientology children don't receive a "normal" education either, but are encouraged to study "tech" instead. given what's typical in her community, this is not a surprising situation at all. i would never parent my child like that, but it's fairly clear why she does.
bluesuze bluesuze 9 years
6 or more bottles a night??? This is totally abnormal for a healthy 4 year old. Obviously this little girl is STARVING. Is she not eating solid foods? This little girl is not getting any limitations or guidelines, it sounds like they just let her do whatever she wants because they don't want to hear her cry. Well, if that's the way you want to raise your child, just wait until she hits her early teens and you have absolutely NO control over her because you never enforced anything as a child.
sweetnsour sweetnsour 9 years
Whoa...this is scary. I can appreicate the fact that they are sharing and seem to have a really healthy outlook, but I think they are being a little too cavalier. I wonder if they were faced with an office job in the morning if their perspective might be a little different. My point is that perhaps their "celebrity" lifestyle makes it easier to deal with this than it would for some working class person. I dunno what to say, but I pray this NEVER becomes an issue with my new baby.
keiren63 keiren63 9 years
Six bottles a night? Of what? The child is clearly having weight issues which cannot be helped by the six bottles. Any bottles at night will mean that the child is waking up having to pee--hence not being able to get her out of diapers, and the child waking up all night. This is a four year old girl. Even in a world where children are being toilet-trained late, four is pretty darned late for a girl. And it is not good for a four year old child to be waking up six times a night--that constant disturbance of the sleep cycle is not healthy. With only children, it can be harder to impose rules because you don't have the need to cope with other children which can force you to be strict about these things. No one wants to get up all night long to give several children bottles and diapers. But this is not healthy at all.
klynnmorton klynnmorton 9 years
While I do not think that being potty trained by 18 months is the norm, I certainly do not think that wearing diapers and having 6-8 bottles at night for a four year old is acceptable either. Children are not pre-programmed, they come into the world totally dependent upon the parent, and must be disciplined, guided and taught. Children must be taught that they have to respect boundaries or they will be punished. There MUST be a healthy balance between, at the same time. I do not think you have to start out punishing your children to be potty trained, but they do need to be given proper guidance and boundaries. I do think you have to start using discipline when children try to test those boundaries...and I think that is the case here. As for eating habits, those are totally learned. Whatever you give your child, unless they have a natural aversion to it or are allergic, they will tend to eat it, especially at younger ages. If she is giving her child a bottle, she will only want the bottle. Why is any child being given 6-8 bottles a night...give that child FOOD during the day and allow her to sleep at night. I don't feel sorry for her, I feel like she needs some parenting classes. When you decide to have children, you have to also decide that you are going to set boundaries, discipline, punish (if necessary), teach, and guide...if you cannot do those things, then maybe you should hold off being a parent until you can. I think that children who are given no boundaries have parents who are doing them a huge disservice.
BKNYGal BKNYGal 9 years
Kids need direction, and if you don't show them the way they will not learn. My son was potty trained by 18 months and eating solids as well. Absolutely no excuse for it.
Echidna-girl Echidna-girl 9 years
Children need structure and discipline provided by the PARENTS. That's called why it's called PARENTING. These people have completely abdicated from their parental responsibilities. This is ridiculous. There is no excuse for this.
pauline1984 pauline1984 9 years
6-8 bottles a night ! I would be exhausted ...........
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Amber_castaldo, don't feel bad. I've been told boys potty train later. I have two of them, and I think there's something about turning three- both of them were potty trained within a week and a half after their third birthdays. They just weren't getting it until then, but once they hit that milestone, they potty trained pretty quickly and easily.
shopper90210 shopper90210 9 years
Thats disgusting. Is the kid going to be crapping in a diaper and drinking a bottle when shes twenty? Im sure its the bottles that are also making her fat, Im sure they arent filled with water. Child services needs to intervene its abuse.
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
@amber_castaldo: my son was the same way. Then one day, he just went into the bathroom and went all on his own. Stinker. He was potty trained in a day. But it was done on his terms. ;)
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 9 years
My child is language/learning disabled and HE was off he bottle at 14 months -- and that's even after having brain surgery at 12 months. Potty training can be hard for some but the 6-8 bottles all night isn't helping the matter.
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 9 years
I think Scientology might have something to do with it.
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
I can't really talk too much my son has no desire to exit diapers. We have spent may a free day trying to potty train. He likes to tell my husband that he doesn't want to because "mommy will change my diaper." He will be three at the end of May.
catchawhale catchawhale 9 years
Does it have to do with being a scientologist? don't they feed their babies weird corn syrup concoctions instead of milk?
jessie jessie 9 years
By the time she needs to start school she'll be off of it and hopefully potty trained. Some parents are just more lazy then others in those departments.
sassy_chick sassy_chick 9 years
My bigger issue is on the potty training end of things-- I know that children will do it when they're ready, but this little one seems to be on her mother's clock. She is going to have serious issues when she gets older. Pretty soon, she'll be having problems with tooth alignment due to the bottles, and will be made fun of by other kids for the diapers, since there's no medical reason. Many kids also can't go to school until they are toileting independently. I don't know enough about Scientology to comment on that, though.
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