10 Reasons the Toddler Stage Is the Best

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boy eating ice creamEven though my 7-year-old is independent, fun, smart, and easy to take care of in a lot of ways -- there are times that I just can't help but miss his toddler days for a variety of reasons.

Sure, I had my fair share of challenges with him during those years, but in many ways, the time between the ages of 1 and 4 is probably one of the stages I'll look back on and miss the most as he grows up.

And no ... it's not because he was just so stinkin' precious and cute, though I guess those things play a factor in my nostalgia too.

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Here are 10 reasons the toddler phase is a time to be treasured and celebrated.

  1. They still nap = winning -- OMG. Do you know what parents of big kids would give for an uninterrupted couple of hours during the day to get stuff done -- or to take a snooze themselves?!? Nap time is amazeballs.
  2. They don't know how to spell -- You can still talk in "code" with your husband, friends, etc. Once toddlers start speaking, you can't swear in front of 'em anymore, but at least you can still spell out the f-bomb since they have no idea what you're saying.
  3. You can give 'em a paci when they're being loud -- Assuming they'll still take one, of course. Silence is golden, people.
  4. They want to sit in your lap all the time -- Snuggles are awesome. The end.
  5. They think everything you do is hilarious -- Every. Single. Thing. When they get older, they're embarrassed -- no, make that mortified by you.
  6. They let you have control of the radio in the car -- Don't get me wrong, I love One Direction. But it's ALL we listen to if my son is in the car.
  7. They call you "Mommy" -- You just wait until the first time you hear "Mommmmmmm" said in an annoyed tone. You'll long for the toddler days.
  8. They keep you active -- I know it sounds cliche, the whole "I stay thin by running after my kids" thing -- but it's actually true. When you are following your child around instead of sitting on the couch, the pounds are easier to keep off.
  9. They're easily impressed -- Treat them to an ice cream cone, and they'll look at you like you just gave 'em gold. Take a big kid to Disney, and he may or may not complain like crazy by the end of the day.
  10. They let you you hold their hand -- Sigh. My days are numbered on this one, and it's killing me. While your kiddo is still little, grab hold of his hand -- and don't ever let go!

What do you love most about the toddler phase?


Image via Mary Fischer

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Krystian Kaufold

Unless you are the mother to my five year old. 

She only holds my hand in the street now a days, will call me momma instead of mommy/mom...she tried the whole mom thing in her smartass way ONCE. 

And after 15-18 months they do NOT need a pacifer......

My five year old can spell/read. And still snuggles with me.

Mrseoc Mrseoc

Aw. I love to hold my baby's hand. She will take my hand and walk me around the house. Lucky for me she's only 20 months old.

Jessie Radford

This is very depressing for me. My son is 3 and about to head out of this stage. He has always been a little more independent for a child is age. But I know whats coming when he gets older and it makes me sad.

outst... outstandingLove

I love the toddler stage!!! after about 6-8yrs old (depending on child) they start talking back.

Traci... Traci_Momof2

Ugh!  For me, the toddler stage was the worst.  My kids are 6 and 9 and each year they get older just gets better and better.  Here's my take on it.

Naps are a pain because you have to plan your whole day around being home for nap time.  Since the kids stopped napping, we can just up and go whenever we want to and it doesn't matter how long we are out.
When they don't know how to spell then I have to spell everything for them (when they are making signs or just curious how things are spelled).  That gets annoying real fast.
My kids still enjoy sitting in my lap.  They actually fight over it.  They also still think I'm hilarious.  They have not once yet been embarrassed by me.
My car, my radio.
They still call me Mommy at times and Mom at other times.  I like the variety.
I'm more active now than I was when they were toddlers.  They love when we take them to DQ and the youngest still always wants to hold my hand.

So there.  Toddlers: you can have 'em.  I love my school-aged kids.

Lynette Lynette

I love toddlers!  Defiantly my favorite age!  Before I had children I worked as a Early Childhood Development teacher with 18mo-2 1/2yr olds.  They are so much fun to be around. 

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