Monday, September 22, 2008


Chinese people are obsessed with weaning their kids.

When you successfully wean your kids off the pacifier, or the bottle or the diaper; old Chinese relatives will come up to you, shake your hand and lead you to your place in the hallowed halls of parenthood whereupon your name will be inscribed upon hugh marble tablets and displayed for the whole village to see.

On the other hand, if your child is at the ripe old age of 4 and still on the bottle and diaper, you will bring shame to your entire clan and distant relatives in an old forgotten shanty in the remotest part of China will commemorate this disgrace annually by thumping their heavy wooden clogs on a photograph of you.

Jesse turned 4 just last month but he still very much on the bottle and he needs his diaper at night. We decided early on to lay off his case and let things take their natural course. Besides, he's our little boy and we're not really rushing for him to grow up.

But last night, our little boy comes to that all-important decision. "Diapers are for babies," he proclaims out loud. "Jesse is a big boy already." And just like that, our boy is off the diaper. No fuss, no muss. His parents, however, are having trouble adjusting. Last night we slipped a plastic sheet under him, just in case. We also got up countless times to check the sheets. But no, he didn't need none of that. He was all good and ready.

Hmm... maybe next week, he'll stop using the bottle.


  1. same here! my boy suddenly proclaims that "Diapers are dirty!"... and went on from there... LOL!

  2. hurray for jesse...
    i'm still waiting for mine to declare the same.
    i'm in no hurry....i'm just too lazy to wash those sheets...hee hee...

  3. I weaned my son from the bottle when he's 1.5 years old. I bought the Bfree sippy cup and kept trying to get him to use it. One day he just started using it and I kept all his baby bottles. As for diapers, he's always got a bag full in the morning, that means he pees a lot in the night. So unless I want to keep waking up to take him to the potty, I'll let him keep his diapers for now. He's just 2 anyway.

  4. Love reading your post! It's so true about the Chinese people competing each other over this weaning isue :D Bravo to Jesse, big bloy boy oledi lor!

  5. Wow! successfully wean.. :) bye bye bottle

  6. Good for you Eggy.
    So far only 1 accident, MOTT. Not too bad. I guess when they're ready, there should be less accidents.
    Don't rush him Prissy. :)
    Thanks for saying so, HN.
    Lil Prince's Mum: Nope, he still likes his bottle and we're not bothered by that. :)

  7. it's true that kids know when they want to be off something and there's really no need to rush them. my elder son had the same problem, runs in the family. but one fine day, he just said 'no more, mom' and that's it. there were accidents but we closed one eye and moved on. :-)

  8. Yeah, Marsha, I think closing the eye is the thing to do. :)