Toddlers are mysterious little things – Just when you think you’ve got them all figured out, they go and surprise you with something new.
Toddlers creep up on you. One day you’re looking after a tiny baby that needs you for absolutely everything, and then before you know it you have your very own walking, talking, independent, little person that suddenly has their own mind and knows exactly what they want, and when they want it.
They know what they like, what they don’t like, and they even have their own set of rules for how they like to go about their day.
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of toddlers. Here are 12 things you probably didn’t know about them:
They’re surprisingly strong
Your once delicate, couldn’t even hold its own head up baby will suddenly waltz into toddlerhood with seemingly superhuman strength, and you’ll be left wondering how they do it! As soon as they start to walk they’re picking things up left, right and centre and rearranging your whole house.
Make sure you put EVERYTHING out of reach. Even if you think something is safe, your toddler is sure to find a way to move it. Dining room chairs, boxes of toys, you name it, they’ll try and pick it up.
They Don’t Like To Sleep At Night
For toddlers, the word bedtime actually means ‘get all your toys back out of the box and carry on playing’.
However tired they are, sometimes, they just really don’t like to go to bed.
Some nights you’ll feel like you’ve barely shut your eyes before they want another drink, snack or bedtime story, and 3 am is always the optimum time for dragging all the toys they can find onto the bed for an early morning tea party.
BUT you can’t get them to sleep during the day either
You’d think that with the whole not sleeping during the night thing that they’d be worn out the next day and ready for a nap around lunchtime? Nope. They may be tired, but that doesn’t mean that they want to sleep, and the more you try to get them to have a nap, the less they’ll want one.
This carries on until they become overtired, and then getting them down for a nap is 10x harder.
They copy everything
Toddlers quickly realise that the best way to learn new things is to copy their parents, and this isn’t always a good thing…
For example, a few days ago I innocently threw a toy across the living room into the toy box. Within minutes Cupar was throwing his toys across the room and laughing like it was the funniest thing he’d seen in ages. If this is the worst thing I teach him then I’m not doing too badly, but those little wooden blocks do hurt when they catch you mid flight!
They think that food belongs on the floor rather than in their mouths…
… especially those foods that are hard to pick up, like pasta sauce and baked beans. Why does food have to be on a plate when it looks so much better smeared into the carpet? Toddler logic is a wonderful thing.
For toddlers, food is a toy and it’s definitely there to be played with! Make sure you leave some food to the side though, because once they’re done playing with it, they’ll soon realise that they are actually quite hungry.
They have the ability to shatter glass with their shrieks
Once they learn how to use their voice, they really learn how to use it, and screaming is one of the things that they do best.
An ear-piercing shriek because they’ve just found their favourite toy is something that can be heard throughout the whole house, and probably the neighbours house too.
A happy shriek is good, but you may want to cover your ears when they can’t find that favourite toy…
They know how to use your phone/TV better than you do, but they won’t tell you what they know
If you leave your toddler with your phone, TV or computer unattended, then be prepared to come back to all the settings changed and about 10 new apps downloaded. Even if you’ve just run off for a 2 minute wee, they still have time to change everything, and they won’t let on how they did it either.
They’re quicker than the speed of light…
… especially if they’ve done something they’re not meant to do! Catch them looking through the bin, going through your make up or pulling everything out of the kitchen cupboards and they’ll be out of there quicker than you can say ‘what are you doing’.
They understand EVERYTHING
You know that relative you like to moan about, or the neighbour you secretly hate? Don’t talk about them while you’re toddler is listening because you can be sure that once they start talking, they will repeat everything you’ve said!
Toddlers understand a lot more than we think they do, which, depending on how you look at it, can be a good thing or a bad thing.
They can change their minds very quickly
Just because they like to eat fish fingers and play with dinosaurs one day doesn’t mean that they’ll like them the next day. Toddlers can be very fickle, and it’s best to not try and guess what they like because we’ll most likely get it wrong.
They like to put stuff in the bin
If you can’t find something, look in the bin. There’s every chance that your toddler has helpfully put it in there.
Toddlers seem to be obsessed with bins and they will put anything and everything in there if they get the chance.
Cupar’s current favourite thing to put in the bin is his socks. We’ve lost a few pairs due to not looking through the bin before we empty it, but as long as it’s just socks, I’m ok with that.
Their laugh/smile can instantly brighten up your day
The most amazing toddler superpower of all has to be their gorgeous little giggle. However bad your day has been or however stressed out you are, that smile can light up a room.
Toddlers really are amazing little things. Embrace all of their weird and wonderful traits, because before you know it you’ll have a teenager to deal with, and they can be a lot worse!
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