Toddlers, tantrums and coffee

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This group is for sharing the funny side of parenting little people. Find tips and tricks for dealing with toddler meltdowns. And if you've had a bad day, share it here and feel better. Whether it was a sillier reason they were crying, a new obsession, or the funny little things they say.
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Our 3 year old has recently become difficult when eating breakfast which results in me telling him to eat his breakfast at least 20 times every morning. The other morning we were in the dining room eating breakfast, by this point I’ve already told him 6 times “come on, eat your breakfast please.” He starts saying “LOOK Mummy!” and points out of the window behind me. I thought he was trying to distract me from telling him to eat his breakfast, so I say “no stop being silly and eat your breakfast!”

He just looks at me, smiles and points out of the window again. I turn around and there is a hot air balloon which is so close it looks like it could land in our drive! I say “wow it’s a hot air balloon” he responds “Silly Mummy!” 🙈🤣


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Nicola

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How do you stay calm when your toddler has a tantrum? I need some strategies and things to try.

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I try to explain to her calmly why we can’t do whatever it is she is wanting to do. I might do that 2 or 3 times. Then I usually distract her with something else - a toy or something out the window. Distraction works miracles sometimes! Hope this helps a bit!

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We try to calm him down but if we can't we let him have a moment in the hallway or the next room to calm himself down. He usually comes back in when he's ready to play.

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10 essentials I keep in my bag as a toddler mum

With two tinies, gone are the days when I could skip out of the door just swinging my handbag. Nowadays my bag looks like something out of Mary Poppins – a bit of everything. Here are some things that I never leave the house without…my essentials!

1. Snacks

It’s all about the snacks. I love those little snack pots that they can put their little hands but they’re also spill proof.

2. Stickers

My kids love stickers. A little sticker makes their day. Sometimes it’s for when they do something good. Sometimes they get one just for being so lovely. They add a little bit of positivity and sparkle to our day.

3. Plasters

Peppa pig ones in my case. You never know when there’ll be a bump or scrape. I’ve lost count of the times another child has needed a plaster and I’ve been able to hand one over to their mum or dad.

4. Crayons

There’s always a mini pack in my bag. I whip them out whenever my kids need to sit and wait so they can keep themselves busy drawing and colouring in.

5. A plastic zip lock bag

I always have one. And there are so many times when I’m so glad I had. For bunging in wet clothes, dirty nappies or even using as an impromptu puke bag.

6. Tissues

For wiping snotty noses or dribbly chins. To use as loo roll when you get to a public loo and find there isn’t any. For wiping up messes. Even for drawing on with felt pens when you haven’t got any paper and need to keep the kids amused.

7. Bobbles

To tie up your hair or theirs on windy days. Or you always need one when you go swimming. I always have a bunch in my bag.

8. Anti bac hand sanitiser

For when they touch something yucky. Which they do all the time. Or when the public loos run out of soap and they have to wash their hands. Or when they meet a friendly dog who licks them. A quick squirt or hand sanitiser and they’re clean again.

9. Spare pants

You never know when they’ll decide to have an accident. Once they’re potty trained, I always decide to take a spare pair of pants and trousers with me.

10. Wipes

Like the Swiss Army knife of parenting. Never mind leaving the house, even indoors there’s always a pack at least an armrest away.

What’s in your ‘mum bag’? Do you carry any of these?

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Nicola

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Going on their current obsession, what will your toddler be when they grow up? 🐲🚜⚽

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Either a race car driver or a truck driver - it's 50/50 at the moment! 🏎🚚

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Holly B

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Does your toddler have a special buddy or beloved soft toy? If so, what? My daughter carries her beloved soft toy dog everywhere and it's so cute. I worry about losing him though.

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My son carries a very threadbare rabbit wherever he goes.

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My daughter had a little fuzzy bear that she called mimi:) She's 14 and Mimi is still on her bed. My son had a threadbare possum (?) that he called "Bus".

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Mine has a rabbit comforter from when she was a baby...she calls her bunnita

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One of mine has a soft toy rat! The other a very loved and now grubby doll (it's a girl but she named him Donald when she was a toddler) 😂

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What to do when your toddler won’t poop on the potty?

Have you tried potty training and mastered the Number 1's but you're struggling with the Number 2's? If your toddler happily wees on the potty but is reluctant (or even scared) to poop - here are 5 things to try:

1.    Go potty about potty books

Share loads of funny books about using the potty with your child. It keeps everything light hearted and fun and reminds them that everybody poops and one day too, they’ll do it in the right place.

2.    Let them poop in their nappies

If your toddler wants to poo in a nappy then let them. It feels wrong but if you say ‘No’ they might hold it in and become constipated, so ‘let it go’ until they’re ready.

3.    Wave goodbye to the number 2s together

Each time your toddler does poop in their nappy take it off and show them where poo belongs. Let them watch you scrape it into the loo and let them join you in waving bye bye as you flush it away.

4.    Cut holes in their nappy

Create small, achievable steps to take your child from pooping in their nappy to pooping in the potty.

·         First let them poo in their nappy but always in the bathroom.

·        Then let them sit on the potty in their nappy to poo.

·        Then cut a hole in their nappy so they still have the security of feeling their nappy but are also pooping in the potty.

Soon they’ll be in pants, happily sitting on the potty to poo.

5.    Blowing bubbles trick to help them poo on the loo

A top tip for all potty training parents is to keep a bottle of bubbles by the potty. As they blow bubbles your toddler will use the same muscles they need to let down a poo. Who knew? They’ll have great fun too. It’s a win-win.

Potty training is a phase no parent looks forward to. For some it’s a breeze. For others it feels like a frustrating game of one step forward, three steps back.

However it goes for you you'll get there! It takes a lot of time, a whole heap of patience and tons of positivity. You’ve got this!

Was there something that worked for you when your child refused to poop in the loo? 

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My daughter looked so scared the first time she pooped on the potty...I'll never forget her face! After that first one it got much easier.

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My 2 yr old always waits until he's in his nighttime nappy before her poops. I was beginning to think I was the only one. I'm going to try these tips

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Hi everyone I have a 2 year old girl. She’s generally very good - so we’re lucky most of the time with the Terrible Twos.

But she’s got one seriously stubborn side to her too. Today she cried for 20 minutes because we didn’t gather enough pine cones from our walk and she wanted to head back out in the dark.

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Hi Emma, lovely to be in touch. I have a little boy and unfortunately we're well into the Terrible Twos.


We have fits of crying that go on for an hour sometimes over nothing...but then he has the sweetest moments as well and gives us kisses out of nowhere. So we're battling on and hoping he'll calm down a little as he gets older!

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I think it's just a rite of passage for toddlers! I used to get so stressed about it when my first daughter had her meltdowns and crying fits. Now with my third child whenever she cries, if she's otherwise fine - as in she's fed, not ill, not hurt - and she's having a tantrum I just pick her up and carry on with the day!

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