Ten endearingly weird habits of a typical toddler
Toddlers are fascinatingly funny little creatures, aren’t they? I could observe mine in her natural habitat for hours, going about her busy way, climbing on everything and having a whole load of fun making a mess of all the things I’ve just tidied away. It must be brilliant to suddenly become much more mobile, and have all these opportunities to find new things to meddle with that aren’t your boring toys.
And of course, once they’ve found something they like doing, they do it again and again…and again. So from my ongoing observations of her actions, here’s ten toddler habits that I’ve spotted (all very sweet, but ever-so-slightly strange):
- Wanting to wear shoes with everything, especially pyjamas. She’ll bring them to us to put on, saying ‘shaaaooes!’
- Having endless conversations with Siri (thanks Apple! It seems it is useful for something after all). It’s a bit of a one-way chat street though, poor Siri: ‘I do not understand. Shall I search the web for dada mama aah shaaaoes?’
- Dancing along joyfully on the spot to music and clapping
- Alerting us to the fact that it’s been about twenty minutes since her last meal by dragging her high chair towards us
- Unselfconsciously sticking her hand down my top and rummaging around for a boob, in public
- As well as calling the man himself Daddy, she’ll use the word to refer to a whole host of other things including pigeons, the park and most recently, a goat on TV
- Bringing the iPad over and nudging us until we put on videos and pictures…of herself
- Emptying cupboards and drawers in seconds, then innocently saying ‘oh dear!’ if she’s caught
- I’ve finally figured out one of the mysteries of life; the odd socks have been squirrelled away by my little stealth sock thief (she pretends to help hang out the washing, just so she can look for opportunities to run off with them)
- Never wanting to sit down in the bath
I just want to say to an older version of my daughter who may potentially be reading this – sorry if any of this is deeply embarrassing, it’s not meant to be. But remember you are only one and a bit (and I only had about that many hours of sleep last night!).
From talking to people with babies of a similar age, these all seem to be pretty universal…right?! So are there any more I’ve missed? What’s the oddest thing yours does?