It doesn’t matter where you’re from, if you’re a parent of a toddler you’ve probably experienced all of these things.
Little kids are full of questions. These are some of the ones my son has asked me:
“Mum, how can you take your finger off your hand? I want to eat it.”
“Mum, why did the dinosaurs die? Maybe they got old?”
“Mum, when were you a baby? Ninety-one hundred years ago?” (Ah, yes. It feels like it, sometimes.)
Little kids aren’t the only ones learning all the time. So are parents. I can’t pretend to have become an expert on international politics in the past few years, but I have picked up a few things about young children, things that I’m sure other parents of toddlers already know…
1. At least 12 hours of solid, uninterrupted sleep is necessary. For the parents.
Kids, meanwhile, just see sleep as an annoying disruption to life. Most parents find that a bedtime routine helps their kids settle (nice warm bath, quiet bedtime story or two, goodnight kiss). I’ve also found that letting my kids have some say when it comes to their bedroom – choosing quilt covers, etc – makes them happier to be there. Just a bit, anyway.
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2. Toddlers will put any objects into their mouth, except vegetables.
You will tear your hair out over your child’s eating habits. You will struggle to understand why scrambled eggs are perfectly acceptable one day and “yukky poo” the next. You will marvel at the amount of energy a child can have without eating a healthy, balanced diet. Just keep putting a variety of nutritious options in front of them, and keep mealtimes stress-free and happy. They’ll get there, eventually.
3. You have to pack more for a trip to the park than you used to pack for a romantic weekend away with your partner.
I have learnt, through some rather disgusting experiences with leaking nappies, that you cannot go anywhere without a change of outfit for your toddler. To save time, I got into the habit of keeping a bag by the door, already packed with clean clothes, wipes, nappies and tissues. Add a bottle of water and some snacks, and you’re ready to go.
Things. Babies need all of the things. This is a small number of those things (post continues after gallery).