Wikipedia says it happens the moment your kiddo turns one, but we really don’t need Wikipedia’s help for this, now do we?
All we have to do is wait for one of these guaranteed signs that the soft, squishy infant is out, and the spirited, whirlwind tot is in.
12 Unmistakable Signs Your Baby is Now a Toddler
1. You have to negotiate diaper changes.
Sure, babies do their share of rolling and squirming on the changing table, but changing the diaper of a toddler requires a special set of negotiating skills. If you want them to stop playing long enough for you to clean them up, you better be bringing something special to the table—the promise of a silly song or a snack right afterward, perhaps.
2. “Mama” and “Dada” become “Mommy” and “Daddy.”
Toddlerhood brings with it increased sophistication in the language department, and suddenly words that used to be too difficult to say correctly are now vocalized clearly. (Full disclosure: I shed a tear the first time my son called me “Mommy” instead of “Mama.”)
3. Your help is no longer wanted or appreciated.
The “I want to do it myself!” phenomenon is one that takes root in toddlerville. My guess is that it continues all through the school-age and teenage years, and then does a sudden reversal when they’re out on their own and need money, right?
4. They laugh at your jokes.
The simple ones, at least. Making your child laugh because you told a joke and they understood it—not just because you made a goofy face or used a silly voice—feels like a small badge of honor.
5. This happens.
Your child now has the fine motor skills to do some real damage with a set of markers. (This crayon came off pretty easily, thank goodness!)
6. The word “pull-ups” has nothing to do with going to the gym, in your mind.
Because who has time to think about toning their arms when potty training is in full swing?
7. “Wahhhhhhhhh” becomes “Noooooooooooo!”
A crying baby is frustrating because you want to soothe their needs. A whining toddler is frustrating because you want them to knock it off. Although, let’s be honest, the way to get them to do that is still probably to soothe their (slightly more mature) needs!
8. You get a break in the kitchen (but just a tiny one).
Sippy cups are way easier to wash than bottles, and less of your precious time is spent thawing bags of pumped breast milk. But then again, toddlers are known for being the messiest eaters on the planet, so you’re still hanging out in the kitchen—wiping pasta sauce off your dining room chairs and mopping apple juice off your floor—a lot more than you’d like.
9. They’re more interested in pushing the stroller than riding in it.
Bringing the stroller along used to make things easier, before your kid decided it’s just another toy for him to play with. Not always the case anymore.
10. Dirty diapers are seriously dirty.
When our children are babies, we moms are known to say, with a mix of surprise and delight, “The poopy diapers aren’t actually that bad! It actually smells kind of sweet!” That’s true because your baby is surviving mostly off of milk, not solid food. Once they start chewing their meals, you’re singing a far different tune.
11. They can run away from you.
You know your baby has become a toddler when the moment you say it’s time to leave/get in the car/go to bed she immediately dashes in the other direction at a surprisingly fast clip.
12. They have more opinions than Rush Limbaugh.
Whether it’s what to eat for breakfast, what to wear to Grandma’s house, or what color block should form the bottom of the tower, toddlers have loads of opinions—and strong ones, at that.
How did you know your baby had become a toddler?
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