As soon as your baby gets up and starts walking around you know you have finally entered a whole new parenting era. But it’s not simply the art of toddling along that indicates your child is no longer a baby, these six things shouldn't be forgotten about:

 

They try to take off their own nappy

Toddlers, unlike babies, like to take off their own nappy – even when outside the house. And while you probably couldn’t wait for your baby to be old enough to stop wearing nappies, now you just wish they would keep it on. At least when you go outside.

 

They can throw things far

Ok so your baby could fling their toy a little distance away from them, but you know they have reached toddlerhood when their throw becomes hard, strong and usually aimed at you.

 

They can get into the car themselves

When your child can clamber into their car seat unaided you know they are no longer babies. Oh how we are glad the days of lugging the heavy carrier seat around are gone – our arms just couldn’t take it anymore.

 

They want to dress themselves

Babies will usually just lie there without a care in the world while you dress them in whatever outfit tickled your fancy that morning. But toddlers now want to have a say. As soon as your little one starts telling you what they want to wear then you know they are no longer little babies.

 

They are on their feet

This is clearly the most obvious way to tell that your son or daughter is no longer a baby. Once they are up on their feet that’s when the trouble really starts.

 

They start to have an opinion on where you’re going

Apart from gathering up the endless amount of stuff they require, getting a baby to leave somewhere to go home is not that difficult. Getting a toddler to leave, on the other hand, is a whole different ball game. Now they have an opinion on what they want to do and where they want to go.

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