Top 5 Toddler Pet-Peeves

Toddler Pet Peeves
Ok, five might be a small number when it comes to a list of annoying/ difficult things we mums have to go through while bringing up our little monsters cherubs. There’s the big one – pregnancy and childbirth – to welcome you to motherhood. Then there’s breastfeeding, zero sleep, getting them to eat vegetables (or at least getting them to eat anything other than cheerios and Babybels), bedtime… the list goes on.
But after the chaos and sleep-deprivation of the first few months, we are faced with new challenges (which then become new pet-peeves). Presenting my TOP 5 PET-PEEVES when it comes to looking after toddlers:
Toddler Pet Peeves
1. Putting eyedrops
Little Man has had three episodes of conjunctivitus, so I’m well-experienced in this department. The first time, he was still a baby, so while putting the eyedrops wasn’t exactly smooth sailing, he could be distracted easily. Not any more. The last two episodes were HELL. He knew what was coming when he saw the drops, and either made a run for it or refused to open his eyes. It had to become a team job: Hubster had to pin him down and I had to stretch his eyes open and aim for the goal. All while he was screaming and squirming. Doing this by myself, thrice a day, was I think more torturous for me than the red-eye was for him!
2. Changing a toddler’s nappy
Imagine pinning an octopus down, and then putting all his eight legs into pants. That’s kind of what it feels like when changing a one-year-old’s nappy. They won’t lie down, they won’t stay still, they won’t co-operate. God help you if it’s a poonami situation!
3. Making toddlers wear gloves
Aaaaaargh, those little fingers won’t go into those tight finger-spaces. When they manage that, two fingers squash into one space leaving the rest dangling down. Toddler finds it hilarious. Mum is freezing and irritated. Repeat. Every outing, every day through winter!
4. Headbaths
My son is now three-and-a-half and has NEVER liked a headbath. He loves his baths, but the minute the water touches his head, all hell breaks loose. Despite all attempts at making it a better experience for him, he HATES IT. And I fear it.
5. Cutting a newborn’s nails
One of the most terrifying things to do, in my humble opinion. Their fingers are SOOOO TINY and the nails, oh my god, even tinier. You fear them jerking, you piercing the nailcutter into their skin… I just couldn’t do it till Little Man was at least four or five months old!
Do you have any pet-peeves relating to babies or toddlers? Or things you find really annoying/ tough to do with them? Share your thoughts/ experiences in the comments below. Vent it out, I’m all ears!

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  1. Claire - Life, Love and Dirty Dishes

    Cutting nails is horrible. My toddler refuses all medicine which is fun! Although, I myself have to be pinned down for eye droos! He also hates having his hair brushed or cut. Which is a problem as he has crazy thick hair which grows as fast as he does! Thanks for linking up to #FridayFrolics

    1. Nicole

      Ouch Claire, no fun there it seems:(

  2. Vicky

    Oh gosh, I dread the day I have to use eye drops on him! For me it’s the wriggly nappy changing. We’ve had to invest in pull-ups as Daddy just can’t manage it! #fridayfrolics

    1. Nicole

      The wriggly nappy changes are a bummer, aren’t they?! Thanks for popping over!

  3. Lisa Pomerantz

    Who ever invented nail clippers did not have children, I am convinced. It is so fear inspiring! Ugh, I hate it and avoid it at all costs. #FridayFrolics xoxo

    1. Nicole

      Agree with you on that one Lisa. Though it does get easier the older they get… provided they can sit still!!!

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