My little toddler comes home every week with a different germ. He’s at nursery on a Monday, picks up a germ and shakes it off just in time to go back to nursery on Thursday. Of course, he’s also kind enough to share his germs with the whole family, so our medicine cabinet overflows with remedies!
We’re all currently battling through a cold. Did you know children get on average 10 colds a year – three times as many as adults, so it’s no surprise that the children are always ill.
We’ve found a couple of products which have really eased their symptoms. Aqua Maris Junior is designed to be a more appropriate product for young children, using a spray dosing system rather than a dropper. Containing isotonic seawater, Aqua Maris Junior is suitable for daily nasal hygiene as well as to help with congested nasal passages, to ease breathing and to help ensure a good night’s sleep. It can be used for children and babies from 6 months, which makes it perfect for my baby and toddler.
We’ve also invested in a humidifier to help ease the children’s coughs as they are both prone to being sick from coughing at night. A couple of nights ago we were sitting listening to them coughing in their sleep before we remembered the humidifier. After we had set it up, their symptoms had eased within half an hour and everyone had a good nights’ sleep
My toddler is quite a chatterbox. At one stage I wondered if he would ever talk, and of course, now he never stops. I’ve realised how I tune out to him (bad mummy). The other day we were in a shop and the sales person was talking away to me and I wasn’t listening. I apologised when I realised and knew it was because I have to tune out to my son, otherwise I would go mad. The toddler is 34 months and has a great vocabulary. He’s inquisitive and very chatty and I can understand what he’s trying to say 90% of the time.
Over the last week or two he’s started asking what things are or do. Now, I thought I didn’t need to worry about this until he started school. How wrong was I?! The other day he pointed to the smoke alarm and asked what it was. I managed to explain that one. But his questions are getting harder!
We found some track for his Thomas train set in a charity shop and when we were on our way home he went through the pieces asking what each bit did. Now, I’m a bit lost when it comes to train parts. My default answer is increasingly being “Wait until Daddy gets home”. The toddler doesn’t forget either; he will ask Daddy.
This is a brilliant phase he’s going through but it’s making me feel inadequate as a parent! Thank goodness for google.
Exhausted from talking all day long!
I’m not sure if it’s the long break from nursery over Christmas but my poor toddler appears to be bored and not tired enough to sleep. I know writing that makes me look like the worst mother which is why I’m trying to do something about it.
This week is Operation Tire the Toddler. I’m going all out to physically exhaust him. Monday was soft play, Tuesday was a trip on the tube and the London Transport Museum, Wednesday was rhyme time at the library (which included a long walk there and back), Thursday he’s back at nursery for 4 hours and Friday is a trip to Battersea Park Children’s Zoo.
I’m not sure about him but I’m exhausted and feeling pretty poor too.
Our normal routine includes two weekly sessions at nursery, lots of trips to the park, and at home we bake, paint, colour, create, do puzzles, and watch our favourite films. He goes to bed at 7pm but we often watch him on the monitor sitting up and reading, sometimes for over an hour. For some reason he doesn’t get out of bed to play with his toys or train track, just sits reading. Half of me thinks he’s just relaxing and it’s good he can spend time on his own; the other part of me feels sad he’s wide awake at the end of the day.
I’m selfish and want him and his sister to go to bed at 7 so I can have some time to myself. Although he’s been more tired this week all our fresh air hasn’t had an effect on his sleeping. So next week Operation Tire the Toddler 2 starts – trying to mentally tire him out which I fear could be more difficult!