This is a guest post written for me by Alison from http://all-in-onemum.blogspot.co.uk for my toddler special which is running until the end of June 2012. If you would like to contribute to my toddler special then please get in touch :O)
Top 10 Toddler Phrases and Almost Certain Facts.
1. Your toddler will learn the word ‘why’.
I’m all for toddler discovery and learning, however, even after a very detailed explanation which often includes lots of gesticulation and sound effects on my part, I still get the same response of, “Why?” The temptation to say, ‘because, I said so’ is very strong with this one.
2. Your toddler will have a tantrum.
They may have only one, they have many, but be certain that although the degrees of anger may vary, it will happen. More than likely when you are in Sainsbury’s for all to see.
3. Your toddler will not (in most cases) get off of their bed by themselves.
Even whilst screaming the house down, your toddler will more than likely stay completely put on their bed. It’s a bizarre phenomenon. I didn’t believe anyone when they told me this. Now I do!
4. Your toddler will find one cartoon character that they simply can’t live without and fixate on it for a month or so, possibly three.
Peppa Pig is the flavour of the month in the All-in-One Mum household. I don’t like to encourage prolonged sessions in front of the TV but most of the children’s programmes do teach good practical and life skills. “Peace and harmony, in the world. Peace and harmony, in the world. Peace and harmony, in the world!!!” Yes. I know the words.
5. Your toddler will become obsessed with babies.
My daughter is currently an only child. Just when I was getting past being broody, my daughter now becomes obsessed with babies. She loves babies and has to go and speak to every one that we meet. Did you know a toddler can spot a baby from the other side of the park a good few minutes before you do?
6. They will have favourite juice bottles.
In an attempt to encourage my daughter to be more independent I have put all the plastic cups, beakers, bowls and plates in a low cupboard. She will bizarrely choose certain juice bottles at specific times of day over others.
7. Your toddler will ask what things are and what you are doing, and often.
I love the curiosity of my daughter. “Mommy, what’s that?” is fantastic when I know what she is asking about but when we are driving along, I simply make things up or say ‘it’s a car’ or ‘it’s a house’ or ‘it’s a dog’ and hope for the best. “Mommy, what you doing?” Explanation ensues by a quick smile from my daughter. Love it!
8. Your toddler will count things. Possibly everything.
Seeing your child master counting from 1 to 10 and then even past that is wonderful. I still find it completely amazing that just over 2 years ago my daughter was a 3.36kg newborn who could do absolutely nothing for herself and was completely dependant on me for everything. I do miss that sometimes!
9. Your toddler may become obsessed with bubble baths.
Bubble baths almost stopped in our house due a bad skin reaction to a well-known household brand. Thank goodness for organic products which made her skin feel soft straight from the bath without any irritation. Hoorah! Bubble bath saved with a good 5 to 10 minutes of pre-bedtime fun had by all.
10. Your toddler will make you see the world in a way that you had forgotten.
How often do you look to the sky or take the time to look under things? Most of us live such fast paced lives that it seems to be full steam ahead. When I am with my daughter I see things that I’ve never taken the time to notice or appreciate and remember just how lucky and blessed I am to live where I do and that it really is a wonderful world.