9 Biggest Differences Between Babies & Toddlers

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To the untrained eye, babies and toddlers may not seem all that different. Both are small people with tendencies to cry, sleep often, and poop their pants. But for anyone who has a 2- or 3-year-old, toddlerhood is a far cry from the now seemingly serene days of infantdom. Things that were so easy with a baby, like changing a diaper, now require the skills of MacGyver, James Bond, and a Navy SEAL all rolled into one.

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The problem is that toddlers can move too now! And they have no concept of time, or why wearing pants is important, or why they can't be having their needs met all the time. So making them do things they don't want to do -- like putting on clothes, ending playtime, or going to sleep -- can feel like real injustices to these little guys.

Wouldn't you be excited if you had just learned to walk, jump, and run? Wouldn't you just want to do those things all the time, while mom is trying to get your shoes on to go to preschool?

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Let's get real, no matter what the reason is -- dealing with a toddler is not like dealing with a baby. And the ways they differ can drive a good mom crazy ... Take a look at our list and see if any of these sound familiar.

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