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    for the last 2 or so weeks, dd (who is 30 mos) has been telling me that she's a baby (in this weird little baby voice) every time she asks to nurse.

    i don't know where this is coming from. is she just starting to reach an age where she is "embarrassed"? i know she's starting to be embarrassed about getting a diaper changed in front of other kids (she's a late potty-trainer), but she sees other kids usin the potty and not wearing diapers, so that makes more sense.

    anyone else's toddlers "regressed" in a similar way while nursing?
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    Do you think someone told her only babies nurse?
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    That is exactly what I was thinking ... someone may be slipping her some self-conscious information.

    Maybe ask her some basic questions the next time she does this to see if you can get more info like:

    Are you a baby?
    What makes you a baby?

    That way if she has any misgivings about only babies nursing or other potty things you guys can discuss them openly. Clearly she is telling you something with the baby talk, but you won't know until you ask more about it.

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    i know for a fact that nobody has told her that only babies nurse. that would've been my first assumption, otherwise. but she is always with me, and if she's in the company of other people, i'm there, too.. except at times with dh, but i KNOW he's not telling her that stuff..

    my good friend had a baby a couple of months ago, and lila has seen her nurse her little baby several times.. but that is the only baby she has seen nurse.. and she has never been told that ____ shouldn't/can't nurse. maybe just seeing the baby nurse has made her think that she needs to be a "baby"?

    oh, i need to add, too.. i tell her the same story about when she was born a few times a week, when she asks to hear it.. and i always say in one part of the story that when she first came out of my tummy, all she wanted to do was "sleep, and cry, and get milse (NURSE), and make doo-doo.. and then go back to sleep, and cry, and get milse..." etc etc. so that could also be why she is associating it with being a baby...?
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lovepickles View Post
    That is exactly what I was thinking ... someone may be slipping her some self-conscious information.

    Maybe ask her some basic questions the next time she does this to see if you can get more info like:

    Are you a baby?
    What makes you a baby?

    That way if she has any misgivings about only babies nursing or other potty things you guys can discuss them openly. Clearly she is telling you something with the baby talk, but you won't know until you ask more about it.

    Excellent post! I personally would also probably ask her if someone had said that to her, and if so who? (so I could go on them, or their parents if it was a small child)
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    Are there any big scary changes going on in her life right now making her unsecure?
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*faith511518 View Post
    Are there any big scary changes going on in her life right now making her unsecure?
    This is what I was wondering but just any kind of change at all? 2-3-4 year olds are notorious for not handling changes without a little regression in some area. Did you move or change schools or did a friend move away etc ? Also, even if nothing changed it's not abnormal for toddlers/preschoolers to regress a little before a big developmental growth or life change like how you mentioned potty training (or sleeping in their own room, changing classes at daycare etc). Some kiddos just resist the "growing up" implication of these things a little YKWIM? Totally normal. How long has she been doing it?
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    Maybe she's making a connection between being potty trained and not nursing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*faith511518 View Post
    Are there any big scary changes going on in her life right now making her unsecure?
    Just what I was wondering, too. My big girl started pretending to be a baby when I was pregnant with baby #2, and she knew big changes were on the way. And she still pretends to be a baby animal sometimes, particularly in stressful situations. Like when I'm pressuring her to put on her pajamas or something, and she'll say "but Baby Tiger doesn't know how to yet". (she refers to herself in the 3rd person, too, just like Elmo does...)
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    My first thought was just "Awww, she's starting to role play!" I think if it were me, I would just go along with the game, and then add some things into it after she'd led the way for a while. Just make sure to say somewhere along the line some of the things that babies do (including but not limited to nursing), and then what happens to babies (they grow), and some of the things they do once they are kids (including but not limited to nursing). Are you worried seeing her do this, or just worried that it means you *should* be worried?
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