Kids grow up fast. You hear it from the moment your baby is born, until forever. You set rules for yourself to slow down, pay attention, and embrace every moment. However, life has a way of "happening." You miss a few things, gloss over moments, and soon you realize your baby really is growing up fast. As a toddler mom, I know there are lots of things I wish I’d done before my kid got this big. That’s why I’m here to remind you about the things you should do before your baby becomes a toddler.
The thing is, toddlers are awesome, but they're also loads more work than young babies. Sure, you lose sleep in that first year or two of motherhood, but you’re also better able to get around without having to chase anyone down. Babies are easier to feed (mainly because they mostly drink breast or bottle milk). They are easier to dress (because they don’t have any input on your stylistic choices). While they might cry, they certainly don’t throw toddler-sized tantrums, which can be painful, embarrassing, and exhausting.
Of course, every age of your little one's life has positives and negatives, and you'll figure out a way to deal with the "bad" while enjoying the "good." However, as cliché as it might be, part of "enjoying the good" really is slowing down and knocking a few things off the list, before your kid moves on to the next phase. All that said, what sort of things should you be doing with your cute, squishy babe before they develop high-paced running skills? Here are just a few suggestions: