If you’re parenting a toddler, you’re probably familiar with the ups and downs of this age. Toddler behavior can be hit or miss—the two and under crowd is known for smiles one minute and tantrums the next. As a mom, that can mean moments of joy tempered with (let’s face it) frustration.
That being said, if you sit back and take a look, we think this is a pretty incredible time. Here are nine reasons we think parenting a toddler is awesome.
Do you remember bringing that infant home and thinking “what will I do with this?” Sitting, for hours in your nursing cover up just feeding, burping and jiggling this tiny person who didn't really do anything aside from sleep? Babies are adorable, but the development that happens within the first several years of life is astounding. Just think about it: your toddler has learned to walk, talk, show affection—and so much more!—in a relatively short amount of time. You can’t help but have a sense of awe when you look at where she was—and how far she has come!
There’s something about the toddler sense of humor that just has to make you laugh. The silly television shows, the funny face you make, the dog who licks her feet—the littlest things can make a toddler giggle. If you make an effort to enjoy it, parenting a toddler can help you put things into perspective—and enjoy the simpler moments in life. It doesn’t always need to be complicated!
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To a toddler, a cardboard box is a rocket ship; a blanket and pillows is a pretty amazing fort. The nursing cover you were just using to feed and shield her with is a superhero cape, or a blanket to feed her very own baby doll. Just look at this little sweetie below...her Covered Goods® is so much more than a stretchy car seat cover or breastfeeding cover...it's a "roof" for her "house". The toddler imagination knows no limits. Just spend a few minutes observing—it’s an incredible thing to watch!
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There are so many great activities for toddlers out there—from ballet, to soccer, to tennis (yes, even tennis!). Even though they’re not the most coordinated at this age, it’s heart-warming to see your little one in a leotard or uniform. By participating in planned activities, she’s learning how to be a kid. How cool is that?
Toddlers love to draw, paint and build. They’re also not afraid to take risks and get messy! It’s a great combination (just don’t forget to protect your couch—and use smocks!). With a quick search on Pinterest you can find so many crafts for toddlers, and ideas on art for toddlers. Then let loose with your little one—you’ll see how much fun it is to create.
Have you ever seen a toddler put an outfit together? Somehow, any two year old can make a tutu, superhero cape, tiara and sunglasses look good (p.s.—if you don't have a cape sitting around your Covered Goods® nursing cover can double as one! We've always said our product is truly a multi-use nursing cover 😂.) But really, if only we had that much confidence! It’s a quick lesson on being yourself, and not worrying what everyone else thinks.
Yes, toddler behavior can be challenging, but as your little one grows you have the very special opportunity to see who she becomes! This is the age when personality starts to come out—and it’s so fun to watch.
Yes, toddlers are busy, but they do slow down (eventually). And although they may fight it occasionally, you can usually get most toddlers to nap—or at least rest quietly! Added bonus: the quiet time gives you an hour or two of peace and quiet. So take that opportunity—read a book, watch a show, or chat with a friend. Parenting a toddler is work! You deserve the down time just as much as she does.
Parenting a toddler has got to be one of the best phases, because you’re still the center of her world. Those hugs that never end? The countless kisses? The super snuggly cuddles? You’ve got a few more years to really enjoy them.
Are there any reasons why you love parenting a toddler?