Four Very Unscientific Signs Your Baby Has Reached Toddlerhood

Since my daughter was a baby, whenever I interacted with family, friends, co-workers, or strangers, they always say the same thing:

They grow up fast, enjoy every moment.


Well “duh”, I always thought.

From the moment we took her home from the hospital, to the first time she rolled over in her crib: her growing up fast was always obvious to me.

But the moment she transitioned from baby to toddler, it totally and completely caught me off guard.

It caught me off guard like poopie diaper smell: your kid just pooped one out right under your nose, but the scent only gets activated when they move away from you.

Toddlerhood is that poop smell.

In looking back, I’m trying to pinpoint a specific moment or point in time where she went from, innocent bumbling baby, to mischievous tyrannical toddler.

However, I realized that there wasn’t one moment, but rather a collection of telling signs.

I’ll spare the obvious and conventional stuff…you know the milestones that Babycenter or any other parenting newsletter/app tells you in a weekly email notification.

No, I’m talking about the other factors that books and experts don’t tell you.

So without further ado, here is my list of ways to tell that your baby is now a toddler.

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A Dad’s Review of #BabyLove: My Toddler Life

Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of Corine Dehghanpisheh’s #BabyLove: My Toddler Life for this review. The opinions expressed are solely mine and I have no affiliation with the author or her agency.

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From the moment she was born, I think my daughter sees my smartphone as the third parent.

When I used to feed her in my arms as a newborn, or rock her to sleep, my face would have a bright glow. This glow was not only from the pure joy and happiness of being a proud dad, but a literal glow and reflection of the light from my phone screen.

Admittedly, we are on our devices way too much, but the sad/scary thing is even knowing this, we don’t put in as much effort as we should in avoiding it.

The things they learn just by copying us
At 19 months my daughter somehow figured how to put everything by her ear and pretend that it’s a phone. It cute for sure, but it also says alot about where she’s getting these ideas from.

So when a rep from author Corine Dehghanpisheh’s #BabyLove: My Toddler Life book reached out to me to do a review about this very topic, I was immediately intrigued.

I don’t normally do storybook reviews – unless they are filled with unintentional (or intentional?) humour like the Mr. Tickle book. But with this one I thought I would make an exception, since it touches upon this particular topic.

Like all my reviews here’s a TL:DR

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