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.