You’re always told that babies ‘grow up so fast’, and this is never more obvious than when he makes that transition from baby to toddler. Er, when did that happen?
1 You realise you now need eyes in the back of your head
Whereas before you could nip into another room quickly to pick up some more nappies and your baby wouldn’t have moved far, now you turn around for one second and he’s disappeared.
2 He’s discovered the word ‘No!’
And he’s not afraid to use it… a lot. It’s a classic sign of your toddler beginning to assert his dominance.
3 But he’s also started saying ‘Mum!’
It started with a ‘Mmummumm’ sound and is now a very specific ‘Mum’, and no matter how often he says it, you always feel so proud.
4 Bath time just got a whole lot messier
We’ll admit, it’s pretty cute when your toddler gets excited about being able to splash his arms around and play with bath bubbles. Not so fun is when he decides to throw all the toys out of the bath and then splash Mummy.
5 You get actual, spontaneous cuddles
All hugs are amazing, but there’s something even better about your little one toddling up on his own with his arms outstretched for a cuddle.
6 You've been introduced to the new cry
There’ll still be tears, but he's discovered how to make more specific sounds, which wheedle right into your brain. And they're louder, too. Yep, that'll be whining.
7 Buggy tantrums have begun
A previously pliant baby now fluctuates between being overly possessive (‘My buggy!’) and pulling a full-on plank while you try and strap him in, meaning you end up carrying him on your hip and pushing an empty stroller around. *Sigh*
8 Everything gets picked up or opened
His little starfish hands that could only grab hold of your little finger or a bottle of milk suddenly develop in dexterity. Now keys, remote controls and bits of fluff all get picked up, hidden in corners, deposited behind sofas or stuffed into his mouth. Talk about sensory development…
9 He's discovered the jack-in-the-box trick
Whereas before you could put your baby down to sleep and aside from a few rolls, he’d still be lying down when you saw him next. Now your little monkey loves nothing more than hooking his hands over his cot, bouncing up and down and for the more energetic, even attempting to climb out. Saying that, the sight of his cheeky grin as he peeps over the top of his crib every morning gets you every time.
10 You’ve experienced the ‘new’ kind of nappy
Milk and pureed food used to mean nappies were…manageable. But now he’s eating proper food, things have taken on a decidedly more solid form.
11 You've become an expert in speed dressing…
…And pretty handy at the standing nappy change, too. Basically anything that involves putting on or removing clothing, because your toddler does not like lying down or standing still for longer than 20 seconds.
12 He’s perfected the over-arm throw
Whether he’s sat in his high chair, a shopping trolley or his car seat, throwing anything he can get his hands – a handful of mashed potato, his favourite teddy, your phone – will be the most fun…ever. Even more so when you pick it up and put it back in his hands and he gets to do it all over again. And again. And again.
When did you realise that your baby had grown into a toddler? Let us know in the comment box below.