Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Toddler Years

It seems Oli has now made the transition from Baby into Toddler and it already seems to be a mission. These next couple of years should come with a manual because I know I'm going to need one. The strops and the attitude have already become unbearable.

How do they learn to have a attitude? Is is it something every baby has inserted into there brain at birth 'a naughty chip'.

The crying has changed , those desperate I want milk/nappy change cries have gone and have been replaced with 'I cant get what I want' so I'm going to cry about it. He seems to cry every time a door/stair gate is shut, I have to save putting any rubbish out until he's out of sight otherwise he gets upset.

I was hoping that I could get away with not childproofing the cupboards and that he would learn that no means no and that they are out of bounds. I was wrong! cupboard locks have been added to our never ending ikea wish list.

Its great that he's now walking, but he does want to walk everywhere. I will be pushing him out in his pram and he would scream to get out because he wants to walk with me. Which is sweet but how do I juggle a pram in one hand and a child in another?

He's also taking to biting and pulling hair , I was hoping the biting was just down to teething but am I making up excuse for something that could potentially become a big problem in the next year? And the hair pulling, am I just passing it off as phrases or should I be looking into do something now about it , I do tell him off and do say no - but when does no stop being enough?

If you have any tips/secrets on how you survived/is surviving the toddler years, please share!

Must go , he's trying to stick his book into the DVD player...