Last week, we officially hit Toddler-hood as Khumo turned one!! Seriously and as cliché as it sounds, the first year has flown by! I’m a little heart-sore that my baby is not a baby anymore, but I’m also very excited for all there is to come. We’re the best of friends and we have some serious fun, when she’s not terrorizing me.
Khumo is a feisty girl, who has made it CLEAR that she is not a baby anymore – she finds adventure in eve-ry-thing. From trying to get herself off the couch, running down the passage (yes, she is running already), raiding the spice cupboard, mingling with strangers, BANGING on our bedroom door and grabbing things from her brother. Along the way, she’s also discovering the things that she doesn’t like, grass is a big NO for her, she cringes at the feeling of her feet touching it. She’s also warming up to our dogs and has gone from being intimidated by them, to trying to touch and pull their whiskers. Yikes!
For the last few weeks, meal times have been driving me mad, because madam wants to feed herself every time. This means that she ends up winning the battle and I’m left to clean up the mess and of course, she has to help with that too! She mimics her nanny and I a lot, which is hilarious. When she sees a cloth or wet wipe, she starts wiping her face or cleaning the floor.
I’m learning that this is all part of her development and I’ve come to accept that our days of using wet wipes for little bums only are over – hello sticky fingers, cheeks, cellphone screens and floors!
Here’s why toddlers need to be adventurous:
In the first three years of life, playing is the best way that children learn about the world around them. They look, feel, listen, smell, touch and taste to figure everything out and learn their own place in the world.
Exploration supports all forms of learning and has social, physical, emotional and physiological benefits. Think about all the adventurous movements your little one makes daily – they’re using serous brain and muscle power every day.
Playing builds confidence in little people – they keep trying different things until they master them.
Being adventurous boosts a toddler’s social skills, as well as language and communication. By playing by themselves and watching others, they learn to interact and build understanding.
Our life saver?
Well since I can’t stop or keep up with this little one, we’ve been using the STORKS Johnson’s® limited addition gentle-all-over wipes which are perfect for older babies. They’re effective, yet still delicate and mild enough to use around the eyes, because of the unique NO MORE TEARS formula that is synonymous with Johnson’s® products. This time, Johnson’s® has partnered with STORKS, a hilarious family adventure film from Warner Bros, to create the limited edition STORKS Johnson’s®Baby Gentle All Over Wipes. The packaging is lovely and features some of the film characters on the packs. The DVD of this cute movie is available from mid-March. These wipes are ideal for adventures BIG and SMALL and parents can enjoy the improved dispensing of 1 WIPE AT A TIME.
As usual, I always love giving you the opportunity to try out the products that our family loves, so I’m giving away two hampers worth R500, including wipes and a STORKS DVD.
To enter, leave me a comment, telling me about your toddlers BIG or SMALL adventures
- Entries close on 30 March 2017
- Winners will be notified by email
- Prizes are not transferable/negotiable and may not be exchanged for cash
- This giveaway is open to South African residents only.