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It is staggering just how quickly my baby became a toddler, particularly so with number two. When The Boy was born I seemed to wait an eternity to tick off several milestones, first words, first steps, first solid food. In reality it probably happened just as quickly as with Little Miss but I was really aware of waiting.
Not so this time around. I almost feel like I blinked and I missed it. There was also probably some realisation of, in reality, how much harder parenting becomes when they can actually walk and talk and perhaps a little less encouragement to get on with it. Bad Mummy.
Still, the inevitable happens and I now have a fully fledged little girl on my hands, and we are about to attempt another milestone. The ‘Big Girl’ bed. Truthfully, this is not our first attempt. Several months ago we tried…and failed spectacularly. After much wrangling, and the odd expletive, we eventually managed to haul the sides of Little Miss’ cot. I had bought brand new bedding for both her and The Boy and set about making up their room for the big reveal.
That evening we presented Little Miss with her ‘Big Girl’ bed. There was much excitement, bed-hopping etc. Having learnt from our first attempts with The Boy we laid out a duvet by the side just in case she, like he, decided to take a midnight tumble. Eventually after bedtime milk and stories we tucked them both in and headed downstairs for dinner, mission accomplished.
Two minutes later there was a knock at the kitchen door. Guess who? Yep, on realising she can now easily hop out of bed at will Little Miss was on a wander. We patiently walked her back upstairs and tucked her in again before resuming our dinner.
Two minutes later…another knock. We, not so patiently, marched her back upstairs and tucked her in again.
Two minutes later…yep. This time she was carried back to bed with the threat of ‘If you do this again I’m putting the travel cot up and you will have to sleep in that…like a baby.’
Two minutes later she reappears. I am now regretting my words and begin to erect the travel cot. As I approach her room with this so-called deterrent, instead of horror I am met with “Yay Mummy. My special cot!” and with much delight she leapt over the side and snuggled in.
The following day we put the sides back on her cot.
So tonight, we are going to have another go at it. No big fuss this time. Just bedtime milk, stories and bed.
Another relatively recent milestone was transitioning from bedtime milk in a bottle to bedtime milk in a ‘Big Girl’ cup. Man, that was a battle. Some folks suggested changing it to water first and then as she became less interested to re-introduce milk but this time in a cup. I couldn’t bring myself to do it though. Bedtime milk has been part of both my children’s pre-bed routine every day since they were born.
Now Little Miss has her SMA PRO Toddler Milk in a ‘Big Girl’ cup every night. SMA PRO Toddler Milk is specially tailored to help provide the important nutrients toddlers need, such as calcium and vitamin D for normal growth and development of bones, iron to help support normal cognitive development and Omega 3 & 6.
A recent diet and nutrition survey in young children studied the total dietary intakes of nutrients and micronutrients. The survey showed that vitamin D and iron are lacking in toddlers’ diets while energy (calories) and protein are higher than required.’
This is a habit we won’t be breaking anytime soon.
So for tonight, we will once again attempt the ‘Big Girl’ bed and try to tick that one off the list. And what’s coming next? Getting rid of the dummy.
*Looks for gin*
(IMPORTANT NOTICE: SMA PRO Toddler Milk is suitable for young children from 1-3 years, as part of a healthy balanced diet and it is not a breast milk substitute. Breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible.)