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Ten Things I Love about Having a Toddler…

The last day in May marks the arrival of my first born into the world. It’s so hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since Baby J was born, it’s even harder to believe that within that same year number two child came along!


Coming up to her birthday Baby J is toddling, climbing all over the furniture and is generally into EVERYTHING!  She loves to stand up and walk wherever she can, her balance gets better everyday so soon we won’t have to help her, she’ll be away!


So with her birthday soon to be upon us, to mark the transition from baby to toddler here are ten things I love about having a toddler: 

  1. She sleeps!  This is my favourite by far, we generally have good days with Baby J, because most of the time she has had a good nights sleep.  Don’t get me wrong she has her moments (see my previous post, thankfully devil child is on leave at present) but most of the time she wakes up rested which makes life with a toddler MUCH easier! 
  2. She giggles!  She has an infectious little giggle that never fails to put a smile on your face.  Even after a night spent with what feels like a constantly hungry, constantly pooing, but ever so lovely newborn! 
  3. She eats! Baby J still has milk for breakfast and before bed, but throughout the day she eats.  Woo hoo!  It took what felt like an age to get to this stage but she has proper meals. No more blending food and no more mid-weaning sicky episodes  (for a few months at least, welcome Little E)!  The best thing is when your walking around Tesco and Baby J gets a little grumpy, biscuit bribes work!  Hurrah! 
  4. Television is interesting!  I know bad parenting.  However, twenty minutes of Mr Tumble in the morning gives me just enough time to tidy away the breakfast pots, before everything in sight becomes a climbing frame. 
  5. Toddler friends!  Baby J has little friends who she remembers and loves to play with.  It’s lovely to see how they play and interact with each other, she learns so much in this time.  Plus, Mummy gets to natter with grown ups, win-win right?
  6. Awake time.  Don’t get me wrong I love nap time, I LOVE IT!  Awake time has its bonuses though I promise.  We can take Baby J to parks, zoos, farms and soft play and she loves it!  Her little eyes light up as she takes everything in, she laughs and smiles and its obvious she’s having a good time.  When she was born the sleepy stage seamt to last forever.  Now I know with Little E that this stage passes so quickly, she too will soon be awake more exploring the world just like her big sister! 
  7. Play time.  There are some amazing toys out there for children!  Before Baby J was born I bought loads. It felt like they just sat there for months (I don’t know how I expected a newborn to play a Little Tikes Xylophone, I just did)!  Now Baby J has everything out, yes all at once and you can’t see the floor for toys!  Wait, why did I say I love playtime…?  She does have fun though and they pacify the little beaut’ for a good ten minutes! 
  8. She talks!  I’m not talking any sort of decipherable conversation but baby babble!  She has a right good rattle and we have our own conversations. Throw in a few hand gestures, a good little finger point and I’ve been put right in my place.  That’s my girl! 
  9. She cuddles.  One of the simplest, nicest things you can get.  A sleepy cuddle before bedtime.  Enough said. 
  10. She’s a big sister!  Baby J is now a proud big sister to Little E.  She peers over the moses basket to check on her, she talks to her when she cries and she holds her hand when they are sat together.   I must say here that this is all supervised, as the hand holding can quickly escalate to a crack on the head when Little E is fast asleep and non the wiser! Baby J takes more interest in her sister everyday, and soon Little E will be able to to do the same.  Here’s hoping they will be the best of friends (some of the time)! 

Happy Birthday Baby J. May the toddling commence!

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62 thoughts on “Ten Things I Love about Having a Toddler…

  1. It’s lovely to see them becoming little people, appreciative of things in the world, reacting to stuff they see and generally becoming great company!

    Lovely post – thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is so lovely, My daughter is 14months and I have loved watching her grow from baby to toddler. The changes happen so fast and you can see how much they are thinking and working things out. I have no idea how you do it with a toddler and a newborn though!

    Azaria- BeingMrsLynch
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    1. Thankyou for your comment! It really does happen fast, sometimes it seems as though she changes over night! Luckily my newborn is nothing like her big sister (she’s relatively quiet in comparison) so for that I am grateful!!

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  3. This is lovely – don’t get me wrong I love how cute my little baby boy is but I am so excited for when he’s a bit older and chatting and cuddles me back. I dont want to wish time away though as I know it’ll be here before we know it xx #KCACOLS

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    1. I know exactly how you feel, my youngest is four weeks and in a way I can’t wait for her to be as old as her sister, but I don’t plan on having any more so I don’t want to wish the newborn stage away either! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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  4. It truly is so fun to watch them grow! My son is 13 months, so I can definitely relate to a lot of these. In the newborn days, it’s a lot of giving. Lots of sleepless nights, and diaper changes, and rocking, and tons and tons of other things-with not much in return but a sleepy babe. At this age, the smiles and laughs, and hurried little crawls toward you are so worth it! #KCACOLS

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  5. Aww this made me feel quite emotional, there is nothing more amazing than watching your children grow and the wonderful, funny, lovable things that they do. My youngest will be two next week and I’m a bit of an emotional wreck about it, I love the little person he has become but wow I miss those baby days! #KCACOLS

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  6. OMG you have a one yr old and a baby – I have only come across your blog because of #theloveofBLOG but am now going to read more – congratulations and well done for blogging too! I’m well jel that Baby J sleeps (see my own post for more details!) but I really loved this post for reminding us all of the positives of having a toddler – such an exciting time, especially the explosion of words. I look forward to reading more.

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    1. Ah thankyou for such lovely comments! It’s difficult but it really is exciting too 🙂 she’s a little gem and so is the small one! Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog, I’m heading your way now! 🙂

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  7. Aw, Happy Birthday Baby J! I think toddlers get a bad rap in general, but I have to admit that in general I love it far more than the baby days! It’s so lovely to see their little personalities coming through. It’s such an exciting time. And sleep is the biggest bonus there could ever be! #KCACOLS

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  8. This is a lovely post. It makes a change to see a post about the positives of toddlers – I usually just read the negatives and how hard it is! It can be such a lovely age though and you’ve summed it up really nicely. It does help that she sleeps though! Thanks for sharing on #fortheloveofBLOG x

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  9. Awe such a sweet post! I must say i still love my sleep and my two are 10 and 5 years old lol! I remember them being toddlers like it was yesterday. Children grow up so fast don’t they! I hope Baby J as a wonderful birthday 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday x

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  10. Ah they are lovely when they start to really develop their own little personalities and you can really start to enjoy those day trips. You are right the sleeping thing defo helps for happy toddlers and happy mummys! #kcacols

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  11. My little girl just turned one too and I’m nodding along to all these things…we’re only just at the beginnings of the talking phase but the sleeping is such a bonus too! It’s so lovely to appreciate how things have changed 🙂 lovely post #KCACOLS

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  12. Ah, that’s lovely 🙂 It’s great when they start turning into little people and their personalities start coming through. And you’re right, small people laughs and cuddles are the best!

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  13. What a gorgeous post! My little guy has just turned 6 months and it’s so strange how much has changed in that time and how different he will be in another 6 months. He’s just started playing with toys properly as he can sit and is trying to crawl, you definitely don’t need much before this point in the way of toys!! #BloggerClubUK

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  14. Aww this is soo sweet! I kind of teared up at the last one of her older sister checking on her in the moses basket : ) : ), adorable! This makes me very excited for when my son – currently 5 months old – is old enough to talk and play! The play sounds like it is much more interesting, the xylophone finally in use : ). AND THE SLEEP, I am so excited of him to finally sleep through the night. Thanks so much for sharing with #StayClassy!

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  15. Such a sweet post. Toddlerhood is by far my favourite age stage so far. I loved them as babies, but they make great toddlers. I especially love the chatting, it means I can reason with them or they can tell me what’s wrong, as I slip them a biscuit bribe… x #happydays

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  16. Ahh this is lovely! I wrote a post recently about missing the new baby stage, but there really is so much to love about the toddler stage! My 2 year old is such fun! x #BloggerClubUK

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  17. Happy birthday to baby J!! She sounds like a happy, busy girl & a great big sister too! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x

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  18. What a lovely post! 🙂 And congratulations on your little one’s first birthday! And being a Mummy of two under one! Amazing! My little boy is 20 months and I have loved all these things you mention too! x #happydays

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  19. What a wonderful, positive post 😀 Parenting toddlers is hard (at 3 my son is coming out the other side now into a “preschooler”) and it’s really important to keep track of the positives. I too love the talking so much and watching them play with other kids is so cute. That part only gets better for the next few years, fun time 😀 #ablogginggoodtime

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