Nine Reasons Toddlers are Better than Babies
July 29, 2013
I have enjoyed the past few months parenting a toddler way more than I enjoyed the first year with a baby. Don't get me wrong, I think babies are pretty cool. But, I think toddlers are even better!
9 Reasons Toddlers Are Better Than Babies:
I do plan to enjoy the baby stage more next time, but right now I am loving the toddler phase!
- They can feed themselves. You can actually eat at the same time as your child (gasp!), because their fingers now work correctly to put food in their own mouth. Dinnertime is instantly cut in half. Awesome!
- They can move themselves. Not only is walking extremely cute to see a short little person do, but they can get themselves to the minivan or kitchen or wherever else you need them to go.
- They eat table food. Not only can they feed themselves, but they eat normal people food, so you don't have to bring baby food, formula or special snacks with you everywhere you go. OK, maybe you still need to bring snacks. But, they can order off the menu!
- They can tell you what they want. At 16 months, Rooney has only a handful of words that we understand (mama, dada, uh oh, baby, papa, nana), but she can sign a few more to us (eat, more, all done, thank you, please). It's also obvious what she wants when she brings me a pack of Goldfish. Communication is awesome.
- They sleep through the night. Those first few weeks were rough because we weren't getting more than five hours of sleep at a time. Technically, she has been sleeping through the night since she was 7-weeks-old, but that was only 9 hours! Now, she'll sleep 13 or 14. I actually have to set an alarm again to make sure I'm not late for work.
- They do funny things. Rooney loves to put both her feet up on the tray when she's in the stroller. It looks hilarious! She also likes to tilt her head to the side and give the cutest smile. It makes me laugh every single time! She imitates me folding laundry. She tries to dress herself. Every day she makes me laugh! It's so fun to watch her explore and be funny.
- They can wear dresses. When Rooney was still crawling, I didn't like to put dresses on her. She wears more rompers than dresses now, but dresses are much more practical now that she travels on her feet and not her knees.
- They go to bed later. We've been able to push Rooney's bedtime later to 7 p.m. rather than 5:30 p.m. now that she is older. This allows us to see her more when we get home from work, go for walks, run errands and go out to eat.
- Their diaper doesn't need to be changed as often. Newborns need their diaper changed like 12 times a day! Now, it's more like six. That saves a lot of time. Also, half the diapers = half the cost!