What I Wish I Knew When My Baby Became A Toddler

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Now, it is never my intention to “toot my own horn,” but I like to consider myself somewhat of an experienced mom. I have raised three children, a girl, and two boys, and while I definitely do not know everything, I think I know a lot, and I would like to think that people could come to me for advice when they have children. My children are 6, 3, and 2, and this means that I am on my third round of the toddler stage, and there are many things I have learned.

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What I can tell you from raising three toddlers is that no two journeys are going to be the same. All three of my children may have come from my body, and they may share the same genetic makeup, but they are not the same. They have all been different, and that is a good thing, they are supposed to be, but the downfall can be that as a mom, you never really feel like you know what you are doing. You can’t be an expert at being a ‘toddler mom,’ because there are a million different types of toddlers out there.


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However, I have watched three babies turn into toddlers, and there are some things that I will never forget. Mostly, I remember feeling horribly sad but overwhelmingly excited at the same time. This was when I learned that you can be both of those things at once, it does happen. Let’s talk about why I was sad first.

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Every mom has a stage in parenting that they enjoy the most, it doesn’t mean they don’t still struggle at that age, or that they don’t like any other stage, they just find that one suits them the best. Me, I quickly learned that the stage that I love the most is the newborn / infant stage. When my baby turned into a toddler, it seemed to happen overnight, and I was not prepared for it. Even when it was my third child, it still crept up on me even though I knew it was coming. I was sad that the “baby stage” was over. I knew that they were not going to want to snuggle much soon and that they would soon be out of the crib and diapers. This made me sad.

We can’t have those moments back unless they figure out how to turn back time, they are gone. While raising an infant can have challenges, it really is over quicker than we ever anticipated, and once it is gone, that’s it. This is why it made me sad when my toddler became a toddler. However, on the other hand, it made me so excited.

The beginning of being a toddler meant that they were going to start exploring so much more. They were now walking and talking and this means that the world really was their oyster to explore, and watching them explore it has become a new favorite of mine.

If I could go back and tell myself one thing when my baby was on the cusp of being a toddler it would be to enjoy every second, but to especially enjoy the difficult moments. Toddlers are known for throwing tantrums and having epic meltdowns, and there are probably a lot of people out there who are wondering why on earth I would tell them to enjoy those moments. That is because they are also fast. They go by so quickly, and I look at my 6-year-old, and I realize that while she may not have tantrums anymore, there are challenges in raising her. You see, there are challenges in every stage of childhood, and some seem harder because they are louder, and they cause more of a scene.

Society has a view of toddlers, and this can make mom nervous as she approaches this stage. A first-time mom, whose baby is about to become a toddler may feel like she is walking on eggshells, or like she is just waiting for that ticking time bomb to go off. They are worried about the “terrible twos,” but I fear that this can get in the way of her just taking a break and experiencing these moments of parenting.

A toddler who is throwing a tantrum is not something to be feared, because it is a sign that they are learning about themselves, and the world and they are showing their most vulnerable side to you, and that is something that you should be proud of . No child stays a toddler forever, and we don’t want to blink and realize we missed this phase, because there is so much good in it.

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