My 19-month-old outsmarts me at least once a day. He is so angelic and sweet that I forget that he has the athleticism of a three-year-old and the stubbornness of his mama. So, just when I think I have him settled with an activity so that I can [insert any household task here], I see him:
- Undressing and running through the house sans clothing (Our 3 year old has begun scolding him by saying, “No diaper diving, Little Guy!”)
- Doing backward rolls from the top of the couch
- Doing forward rolls through the kitchen
- Climbing the too-big-for-him play equipment in the backyard
- Unrolling the toilet paper
- Pulling stuffing from the pillows
These are minor behaviors and occur while we are supervising him closely…but that’s just the point – we try to supervise as closely as we can without “helicoptering” over him. I want him to take risks and feel secure…I just would prefer he do it in less-of-a-daredevil sort of way.
One of Little Guy’s most frustrating behaviors was his tendency to open the lids of cups and dump the contents all over himself and the floor. He doesn’t really like a straw sipper, and prefers a lidded cup like his brother uses. It has taken several tries, but we
found one that works! The Nuby Wheelz Wash or Toss Cups have a secure top and are a great size for Little Guy. He loves the graphic designs, and I love how well these cups hold up after many, many uses. Big brother, Buddy, likes to use these cups, too, and I have to negotiate with him to choose another cup, since I rely on using these for Little Guy. These cups would make a perfect stocking stuffer for a toddler. I like to consider useful items for the boys to “fluff” their gift stack, especially since they are too young to REALLY understand the holidays. (That being said, Buddy entirely understands the holidays, but as long as Santa brings him some vehicles, he’d enjoy opening some more practical gifts as well. For a nearly 4-year-old, it is all about the surprise at this point. Trust me, you have never seen a child so excited to open a box of cooking utensils!). Nuby Take and Toss cups are available in a variety of designs featuring action-packed characters and in plain colors,too!