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Omigod, they're squishing their babies in those chairs! Worst parents ever. What is that in their bottles, Bailey's Irish Cream?

LOVE that even Adam has a baby. WONDERFUL!!! My boys have a doll and people often look at us funny. But the way I see it, boys need to learn to be nurturing just as much as girls do!

I have no real objections to the bottles, except how can they get any satisfying amount of drink out of there? Wouldn't sippy cups work better for them? I would be a frustrated and angry baby trying to get a drink through that teeny tiny hole :)

I had a nightly bottle till I was 5 or so, I remember waiting for it to be brought to me!

I also sucked my thumb until I was 11, and now I'm all growed up with a job and everything, I'm a scientist! So clearly the bottle/thumb thing didn't do TOO much harm. You may find it ironic that I am typing this with a teaspoon in my mouth, maybe I do have a little bit of an oral fixation...that can actually come in handy though. *wink*

Love those!!

I waited until the trips were 2.5 years old then I threw their bottles on the floor and told them "now they are broken and we have to give them to the man in the aeroplane" Where I came up with that idea I don't know but it worked. Now everytime they see an aeroplane I get asked to ask the man in the aeroplane to check on their bottles! My girls are now nearly 3 and still on nappies - so don't feel bad.

My son is only a couple months younger and I confess he still has bottles too.
We had this whole plan about giving them all to his new cousin when she was born - well she is now over 2 weeks old and we still haven't handed them over. We still keep talking about it and he sounds agreeable in theory but I am still afraid of the actual implementation. He has been sick so we backed out of our original handover plan. I have to admit, I think I have some attachment to them too - he's still my 'baby' when he drinks from one.
Will let you know if our 'plan' ever works.
Love the babies on the back pics - your kids look like they have a lot of fun with you.

'wishIknew'

That is great - they look like such proud parents - I went to an african orphanage years ago, I live in Australia and learned to carry children around like that. Since being at home I have carried lots of children like it and they have all LOVED it.

PS

I wish I could read your Facebook "status line" without having to join Facebook - can you change the display or is that the default and the ploy to get people to join?

"Tertia Albertyn is about to brave the traffic. Don't hold your breath. This could take a while." ;)

Tertia get's me logging into Facebook every day even when I have no intention of doing so :) :)

I wonder if all the non-South Africans have any concept of how the baby-on-the-back thing is so normal here. I suppose it's seen on National Geographic type programs so not totally foreign.

What gorgeous children, caring for their babies! So what if they steal a little of "baby's" bottle every now and then? :)

Awwwwww they are too cute carrying their babies! And wait. Are we supposed to be stopping the bottles now? My daughter is 2 and 3 months and to be honest bottle time is the only quite time in the day without non-stop yapping. I'm thinking of keeping the bot-bots until she leaves home.

You can get different teats for the Avent bottles that are just the same as sippy cups and you can get handles for them too - then they look less like bottles. I still use mine because my 2.5yo has a habit of flinging his drink across the floor.

Love the baby-wearing. Too cute. The bottles are no worry. I also have a almost 7 year old thumb sucker. We've tried everything. We found stuff that works, but then it chips off after a few days and I don't get a chance to put it back on. Terrible mother.

pick your fights.
so they still have bottles, *shrug*
you're just not ready for that fight
yet!

they wear their babies so well! too cute!!

Adam with a baby is extra good mommy points for you! So, BAH to any bad mommy marks you *might* have incurred from the bottles, although I doubt it.

Both my boys have had "babies" and it is probably the best thing we ever did. Boys need to learn to become Daddies, too!

My younger son (ha...young...he will be 9 in August!) insists on having a morning bottle with chocolate. There are only few exceptions such as camping or class trips. :-)

He is not using the infant teat but the day has to start with that ritual. I don't care. I see that he has a warm "meal" in before leaving. His brother refuses all kind of food in the morning (like Mommy). So what?

My brother had a hot milk every morning until he left home at the age of 19. OK, he used a cup then. But it had to be served by our mom before getting up. If time was short and he had to get up before having the milk he was not ok.

Is this scaring? :-)

My brother is a father of 3 now, quite normal, having a job etc. And no, he does not have a hot milk anymore. But he likes this memory! This was part of being a kid (for him).

So I will not stop my son. He knows when it is not suitable. And I am sure he will let me know when it is not needed anymore.

A very bad German mother :-)


Don't sweat it. A bottle is just a different kind of straw, and we all use straws....
their babies are so cute, if you save that pic I'm sure you can blackmail adam later in life.

My four-and-a-half year old still drinks his milk from a bottle. I am always happy to see other 'big' kids with bottles!
Love the babies in the wraps-

So does Polly, at 26 months. And you know what? It was thanks to you that I learned to not sweat it, and Polly is v v happy.

Cute photos! And you're not alone when it comes to 2.5-year-olds with bottles. I give my son a nightly bottle too.

A lot of Asian grandmothers hold their grandbabies like that in the back slings. I've always thought it was great.

Adorable. I always love pictures of little kids "babywearing."

Don't sweat the bottles, I think the mania about getting kids off bottles is confined to anglophone countries. Every time I'm in Italy I notice pretty big kids drinking from bottles, which I think is related to the fact that sippy cups aren't so prevalent there. When I took my son, then 15 months, Italian parents stopped us everywhere to ask us about his sippy cups. They'd never seen such a thing, but recognized it as another good, spill-proof means of bringing a drink for a kid. I should have started a sippy cup importing business....

Daddies carry babies too, not just mommies. ;)

Daddies carry babies too, not just mommies. ;)

Daddies carry babies too, not just mommies. ;)

A couple years ago I would have thought you were a bad mama, but now? My "baby" is 2 1/2 and she still gets a sippy cup with a soft top (like a bottle nipple) every night at bedtime. BECAUSE SHE IS MY BABY, DAMN IT AND I CAN KEEP HER YOUNG FOREVER IF I JUST TRY.

Meh.. I just weaned my almost 3 year old off of bottles TO BED. NOW... she gets PINK MILK in a sippy cup..

Quick, gotta' run... must hide family before the child protection services read this and knock on my door......

My 2 had bottles until 24 and 26 months. They're ok - just will need braces. LOL

Mine use sippy cups during the day, but before naps and bedtime one wants a bottle. The other takes a soft-top sippy cup. My husband wants the bottle-drinking to stop, but it soothes my bottle boy so much. They are 2.5 years. Not worried...eventually they won't need anything before naps, I'm sure. Once we can talk to them and reason we can stop them if they are still drinking from them.

My 3.2 year old still has a bottle at nap/bedtime. Nobody outside the family knows this. Except y'all now, I guess.

They are so adorable my ovaries hurt.

Have you tried the avent soft spouts?? They are awesome. my 10 month old will even drink out of them. I switched my first kid when he was just over one.

Thought I would throw this out there.. in case anything else i happen to come up with is useful to you :) >> www.fredmoms.com

Have you tried the avent soft spouts?? They are awesome. my 10 month old will even drink out of them. I switched my first kid when he was just over one.

Thought I would throw this out there.. in case anything else i happen to come up with is useful to you :) >> www.fredmoms.com

Have you tried the avent soft spouts?? They are awesome. my 10 month old will even drink out of them. I switched my first kid when he was just over one.

Thought I would throw this out there.. in case anything else i happen to come up with is useful to you :) >> www.fredmoms.com

Have you tried the avent soft spouts?? They are awesome. my 10 month old will even drink out of them. I switched my first kid when he was just over one.

Thought I would throw this out there.. in case anything else i happen to come up with is useful to you :) >> www.fredmoms.com

Yep, my 3 year old daughter still has 3 oz of FORMULA every night. Refuses to let us switch it to milk. Its the only bottle of her day, but its a critical part of her nighttime routine. She also goes to sleep with 5 binkies (dummies). So you can see our parenting philosophy is "if it helps her get to sleep, its fine by us!" I figure when she's heading into middle school we should probably wean her. ;)

Yep, my 3 year old daughter still has 3 oz of FORMULA every night. Refuses to let us switch it to milk. Its the only bottle of her day, but its a critical part of her nighttime routine. She also goes to sleep with 5 binkies (dummies). So you can see our parenting philosophy is "if it helps her get to sleep, its fine by us!" I figure when she's heading into middle school we should probably wean her. ;)

Those pics are too cute! And don't worry about the bottle thing - my 4 year old still uses pacifiers.

Oh! They are so sweet! And who cares about the bottle thing! Ignore anybody who critisizes you about it. You are their mom and you will know when the time is appropriate for weaning. Very cute kids you go there, and I have enjoyed your blog, too.

Baby wearing is getting really popular in North America now too. I have to admit that baby slings are my weakness, I have FOUR (for one baby). Looks like Adam is going to make a good daddy someday.

when i started dating my now husband 5 years ago i was shocked to learn that his 4 year old nephew still drank from a bottle.he is extremely over weight and lives off of fast food also. he is now almost 9 and still drinks from a bottle. i think any parent who doesnt stop the bottle by 18 months tops needs their head examined.its abuse if you ask me. why dont you just keep them hanging off the breast for that matter.there is absolutely NO reason to do this except for being lazy and selfish to keep your children babies.not to mention the teeth rotting and weight problems associated from milk and juice being given too much.i came on this sight to try to get information for my sister-in law to make her wake up.wouldnt you be embarrassed if people knew this?

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