Is it teething time for your little one?

 

Many mums and dads find the wobbler stage the hardest. Following your little one as he finds his feet and discovers the world at knee height can be exhausting- not to mention the worry!

 

We have come up with 5 mini wins for the wobbler stage that all parents can relate to!

 

“He’ll sleep tonight!”

 

Wobbling is hard work! For someone who is used to being relatively static, the wobbler stage is exhausting. Up and down, back and forth, all day with a look of effort and concentration across his perfect little face – not to mention the balancing (chubby) arms outstretched- what a trooper! The sheer physicality of learning to walk can be the beginning of a better night’s sleep for mum and baby!

 

 

The No-Cry fall

 

The first few times your baby falls while she is learning to walk can be tough. You have been her legs since forever- so the shock is real and tears may flow. After a while though, falling will become a hobby and your little one might even take to giggling as she hits the ground!

 

When you visit a minimalist house

 

You spend weeks preparing for the wandering stage by baby-proofing your home to the extent that you might find it hard to open the bottom cabinets! However, the real fear comes when you go visiting to friends and family. You fear unleashing your curious cutie into a ‘normal’ house where all things sharp and dangerous lurk. You will find true comfort in those whose floors are clear and whose tables are round- they are keepers!

 

A declaration of independence?

 

You’ll know it when you see it. Your baby will indicate to you that he is capable of doing something without your help. It might be simply making it from one side of the room to the other. It may be reaching a toy on the coffee table. Nevertheless, you are no longer needed for this tiny task. This is a bittersweet moment. After months of carrying this helpless little squish, you get your first snippet of freedom and you don’t quite know how to feel about it!

 

 

Clean(er) knees?

 

Yes mums, there is a stage when you rejoice at the fact that the two large patches of dirt on your baby’s knees are fading. With each new day, the crawling (or shuffling) stage becomes more distant. This is also a bittersweet one. You will miss the adorableness of a crawling cutie, but your laundry basket will be all smiles! Instead of the original 4 outfits-a-day (5 if you count that nappy explosion after lunch), you may just be able to whittle it down to three- a true win!

 

Good luck with your wonderful wobblers, mums and dads!

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With her daughter Evie as her muse, Anna writes about mumhood and all its intersections from mental health to movies, social issues to pop culture. Anna lives in Dublin with her daughter, partner, three younger sisters and parents. She is a dreadful cook, a fair guitar player and thinks caffeine should be given as a yearly vaccine to parents - courtesy of the HSE.

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