From Baby to Toddler

From Baby to Toddler

Nothing speeds up time faster then having children. One moment, we are sitting in our childhood bedrooms, anticipating tomorrow’s test, the next we are handed a little creature and thrusted into the life of parenthood. Our anxieties were once surviving high school and avoiding the mean girls, and now they are wrestling through diaper changes and our child’s health. It is strange what time does to us.

The first time I held my daughter after she was born, she was incredibly light, fragile and so tiny. I remember thinking how amazing it was that the little creature I had in my arms fit so perfectly in my belly. The fact that she started out as this small little spec, and suddenly she was on the outside, so beautiful and so very real. I remember being so afraid of dropping her. I got nervous when other people handled her. Even when my husband held her, I felt anxious. Spoiler: no one dropped her. 

For me, the newborn stage was hard, but I still tried to soak her in as much as I could. I snuggled her close to my face, and I absorbed her baby smells. Her noises echoed in my ears. Her adorable Newborn clothes were big on her. She swam in them, and I was blown away by it. She loved being close to Mommy, the only time she would tolerate being put down was in her rock and play. She loved to eat. She ate a lot, and she grew fast. Before I knew it, she was wearing 0-3, then 3-6. She skipped 6-9 and went straight to 12 months. And she kept growing.

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Co-Sleeping; Yay or Nay?

Co-Sleeping – Yay or Nay?

The first week after my baby was brought home from the hospital, I knew I had a High Needs girl on my hands. I didn’t really understand the term, but I knew she was going to be a baby who disliked space between her and me. Putting her down was tough and getting her to sleep was even harder. She constantly wanted to be held and needed to know someone was close by. I couldn’t leave her safe in her crib and walk away. She instantly recognized that I was not near by and she resisted. I spent a lot of time carrying her around in my arms for the first month or so.

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To my surprise, she began to sleep through the night by three months in her rock and play, (now recalled). It was the only place I could set her down in where she would sleep. Just when I thought my little love bug was gaining her independence, however, everything took a turn. It was around the time when she no longer fit in the rock and play and had to be transitioned to the crib. A tough transition, it was quite a lengthy process. Once she eventually got use to the idea of being in the crib, she slept well again, for a few short months.

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Tissue Box Fun

 * This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I am going to give you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


 

21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun

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Day 7: Tissue Box Fun

So it’s late morning and you have some phone calls to make, but your little one is craving some one on one. You desperately need five minutes to make those doctor appointments, pay the bills, or knock that conversation off the to-do list. Perhaps, you just want to get in some hot coffee. Maybe, you’ve got to get this dinner in before your partner get’s home. How can you distract your tiny tots for just a few minutes? On today’s edition of 21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun were getting things done. It’s time to sacrifice that tissue box.

Materials Needed:

Tissue box

Random small toys

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Outside Textures

* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I will bring you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


 

21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun

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Day 5: Outside Textures

It’s time to do what we do best in the summer, and have fun in the Sun. On Today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun, were getting outside and we’re playing with nature.

Materials Needed:

Sunblock

Sunhat

Temperature permitted clothing

Snacks

Hydration

Shoes

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Unpack A Bag

* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I will bring you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


 

21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun

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Day 4: Unpack A Bag

If you are in desperate need of 5 to 10 minutes to yourself, or to get something else accomplished besides wiping butt’s, I’ve got the perfect activity to keep your Baby Toddler distracted. On today’s edition of 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun, we’re sparking curiosity in our children’s minds, enhancing their motor skills, and we’re taking a few minutes to breathe.

Materials Needed:

Old book bag or hand bag

Makeup bags

Empty / clean travel containers

Hair brushes / makeup brushes

Small Toys

A jewelry gift box

Old gift cards / store cards

Hair Accessories

Baby wipes

Water bottle

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Cupboards and Tupperware

* This post is part of the 21 Days of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun. For the next 21 days I will bring you ton’s of ideas on summer fun that will keep your tiny tot busy. Each post will also be pact with hilarious and relatable content for you to enjoy and keep you entertained. Follow me at Messy Mama to get all the summer fun for you and your one year old.


 

21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun

 

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Day 3: Cupboards and Tupperware

If you’re looking for an activity to keep your little one entertained for five minutes so that you can poop, change the laundry, or phone a friend, then I’ve got a simple activity that will keep them busy. On today’s edition of 21 Days Of Baby-Toddler Summer Fun, we’re heading back to the kitchen for some cupboard fun.

Materials Needed:
Lower Kitchen Cupboard, (safely away from stove or other dangerous objects.)

Tupperware

Unused Kitchen Gadgets

Plastic Containers / Bottles

Plastic Cups / Plates / Spoons / Bowels

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