3 amazing things that other babies and toddlers can do

I’m in awe of other babies and toddlers. I see them out with their parents, doing normal baby/toddler things, and think, “Wow – I wonder what it must be like to have a child like that.” I struggle to imagine it, actually. I might as well try to imagine parenting a chimpanzee, or that octopus that can predict the results of football matches. It’s that foreign.

These children have skills that the Popple will probably never have – not because she can’t master them, but because she won’t. They include:

Sitting calmly in a pushchair

I see it every day – a parent pushing a baby/toddler in a pushchair and they’re just taking it.

There’s no screaming or thrashing. The parent hasn’t had to relinquish their wallet or mobile phone to the child in order to distract them from their whinge-fest (tactics which once worked for the Popple, albeit briefly). They haven’t given up and resorted to balancing the child awkwardly with one arm while pushing the pushchair with the other. The child is simply sitting there, watching the world go by. QUIETLY.

Sitting in a high chair in a public place for an entire meal

From what I’ve observed, most babies/toddlers in cafes or restaurants seem to eat their entire meal while they’re actually in the high chair. They don’t insist on getting out of their chair halfway through the meal and finishing their meal on foot, as they run from one table of diners to another, stopping to stare at them awkwardly or possibly rummage through their handbags.

Sitting in a car seat

Will your child sit in a car seat for more than five minutes without trying to escape? Can you go for a quick drive to the supermarket without having to distract them with an entire bag of breadsticks? Can you hit traffic without worrying that your child is going to howl the second the car stops moving?

Yes?

Then you’re winning at parenting. Seriously. Go do a victory lap around the block while your baby sits quietly in their car seat and plays with a toy or whatever it is that babies do when they’re not screaming bloody murder over the sound of Radio 4.

The Popple, as you’ll have gathered, is not big on sitting. It makes things…challenging. And yet I can’t picture what she would be like if she wasn’t always on her feet. Or wanting to be on her feet. Or running away from me as fast as she can go with a packet of mashed potato in each hand.

The Popple in a supermarket with two packets of mashed potatoes

If nothing else, she keeps me on my toes. Literally. Because if I sit down, she runs off and steals stuff.

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  1. Oh dear, but what fantastic exercise! My son will do the first two (almost…I have to eat quickly) but the car seat was a no go until very very recently. We used a huge catalogue of children’s music, mirrors, snacks etc…you name it we used it. And actually for a while I just wouldn’t take the car anywhere unless absolutely totally necessary! #FridayFrolics

  2. Good luck with her. The good thing about it is that she must be knackered and go to bed easily in the evening? Or maybe she is not in love with lying down either? #FridayFrolics

  3. My youngest is like that. He never sits still. It’s exhausting! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

  4. Aww bless Popple. I too have a threenager who likes to sneak items into my trolley whilst shopping. Even worse she tries to bolt out of the door with a packet of magnums. This requires me to rugby tackle her to the ground. Thanks for linking up with us at #FridayFrolics

  5. I remember seeing all these babies at the beach, sitting quietly on their blankets and playing in the sand. I was seeing them as I ran by chasing a little girl that wanted to catch all the seagulls…#fridayfrolics

  6. Oh I am with you 100% on this one. As a general rule, Piglet does none of these things. However, on the rare occasions that he does sit still-like on a recent boat trip where the parent of another toddler had a bit of a battle on her hands-I think, if only you could see him in full tantrum mode! I’m sure no child does all these things perfectly, all the time. #bigpinklink

  7. Come on you don’t want Popple to be a conformer! Her rebellious spirit will help her in years to come 🙂 #FartGlitter

  8. Haha – oh dear! My two will do all of these. But they won’t do them all the time! Sometimes I have those sedate children happily in the pushchair, other times two screaming, thrashing toddlers trying to climb out. Or the impossible task of trying to push a pushchair while carrying one child and walking the other!

    Thanks so much for linking up with #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you again next week

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  9. Oh so true!!! I cannot work out how they do it!! I’m thinking M & Ms…

  10. I too have two children that do not do sitting. Mine have always been the ones screeching whilst swinging upside down from their high chair. I just like to consider them “active”. I have however, on more than one occasion, considered blu tack…. 😉

    Thanks for linking up with #fartglitter x

  11. This made me laugh. My daughter doesn’t like sitting in a high chair at restaurants either. It makes going out to eat more of a challenge, to say the least! #fortheloveofBLOG

  12. Hahaha….I know what you are going through. I do lots of bribing with my children when they were younger. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn’t. My #2 used to hate the car seat that she yelled ALL the time, even when she was a toddler. She runs off and steals stuff – that’s so funny!! #bigpinklink

  13. Your post made me chuckle I have no idea how these parents do it! We had the wrestle our daughter into her buggy at Gatwick airport last month as she was banana-ing refusing to get in. The highchair is only uses for about 10 minutes when out having dinner. And the car seat, she is always sick in it! But there are so many other fantastic things they do do right. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  14. Don’t worry my toddler is the same way. Absolutely hates being confined in anyway. I pretty much avoid going to restaurants. #TribalLove

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