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3 Things That Surprised Me About Being a Toddler Mom

This post is sponsored by Chicco. As always, all thoughts words and opinions are my own. I only work with brands I use and believe in.

Before becoming a mom, I had no idea just how much it really takes to be a mom. Of course I knew that there would be little sleep and a lot of messes. However, I had no idea how much I would worry about our little guy. I had NO idea about things such as rear facing vs. forward facing car seats. Sadly, there are so many other moms who are in the same position that I was in. As our little ones grow, it can be overwhelming as you transition from an infant mom to a toddler mom. There have been 3 things that have surprised me about becoming a toddler mom.

Development

There is SO much information about how your toddler should be developing, when they should start talking, etc. For a while, I would pour over this research and fret over Levi’s development. Then, one day, I realized: he will develop at his own pace! It’s my job as his mom to support him and give him the learning tools he needs to develop. I support and teach him as much as possible, but I’ve learned to stop stressing out over each ‘weekly development’.

Don’t Blink

While I was in the haze of the newborn phase, I felt like I was in survival mode. Sure, our little guy grew so fast and the newborn phase was over before I knew it, but I felt like I was so engrossed in becoming a mom and taking it all in that I was very present for that part of his life. Now that he’s a toddler and so much more independent, it can be easy for me to get involved in a phone call or e-mail and miss something he is showing me. He is so smart and picks up things so quickly, it can be easy to miss a new word or new milestone that he has reached if I am not focusing my attention on him. I’ve learned to be more present with him at this toddler stage and to spend more time watching and observing him. He’s so amazing and smart!

Car Seat Safety

September is Baby Safety Month, so keeping Levi safe, especially on the road has been top of mind recently. With so much information thrown at new moms, it can be difficult to absorb everything and truly understand what is right vs. wrong when it comes to safety for your children.  When those little infants turn into toddlers, there is even more information thrown at us. When should they start talking, what do they eat, how long should they stay rear facing? Thankfully, Chicco has you covered with a very straight forward answer to the rear facing vs. forward facing debate! Before I had Levi, I always thought that you turned a child forward facing “whenever it was comfortable or convenient”. I was SO wrong! Children should be rear facing until at least 2 years old. That may seem like a long time, and if you have a tall toddler like we do, you may be thinking it’s uncomfortable for them. I’m here to tell you it’s not! We have the Chicco NextFit iX for Levi and he’s not only safe rear facing, but he’s also comfortable.

5 Tips to Stay Sane While Traveling With a Toddler

If your child is approaching the age where he or she is outgrowing her infant seat, or if your child is under two and you are considering turning them to be forward facing, I encourage you to wait and “TurnAfter2”. If you are a mom who believes in keeping your child rear facing until after two, like I do, I encourage you to take a photo of your child rear facing and post it all across your social media using #TurnAfter2. Showing your support for this important initiative could possibly save another child’s life. As a bonus, I’ve partnered with Chicco to giveaway our favorite car seat: A NextFit Zip iX – scroll down to enter!! 

What Surprised You Most About Becoming a Toddler Mom?

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3 Things That Surprised Me Most About Being a Toddler Mom

Paula Allen

Thursday 26th of October 2017

Couldn't agree more!! Having a child is literally like taking care of your heart outside your body. I absolutely love this compilation and can most definitely relate.

Laurajj

Friday 6th of October 2017

Oh I think its so important to keep them rear facing for as long as possible. I think so many do not know about it yet..so its very imporant to have posts like this! We took the pledge!

Rose

Wednesday 4th of October 2017

Thank you for helping me and other moms who were unaware on how important car seat safety is. I plan of rear facing my children as long as I can.

Latanya

Friday 29th of September 2017

This car seat has some great features and I love the design.

Dagmar

Thursday 28th of September 2017

Thanks for all the helpful information! It can be hard when you are hearing so many different opinions on how to do things right