We usually judge how old our children are getting by their age or their weight or their height. Although I haven’t had my three-year-old weighed since I last went to a health visitor many moons ago and I only know she is 1m tall because she was able to ride in the dodgem cars with us at a funfair recently. But that’s OK because there are less obvious signs that your child is growing up…
You stop buying nappies… and start buying teeny weeny pants.
You pack away the stair gate.
Your child’s preferred mode of wheel-based transport changes from pushchair to scooter.
You start forgetting to switch on the baby monitor, when your child goes to bed.
They can dress themselves, and actually manage to get everything on, the right way round.
You relax when they’re in a soft play area even though you can’t see them every second they’re in there.
They ask for CBBC instead of CBeebies every now and then. (“Can I watch Tracey Beaker again?”)
They notice more things (“Why are you wearing glasses today?”)
The decor you so carefully chose for their nursery before they were born suddenly seems so babyish.
You hear them fall out of bed with a thump and rather than rushing up to scoop them back into bed, you let them do it on their own.
They can sit through a whole movie at the cinema without announcing “Can we go now?” 20 minutes into the film.
People start asking you “When is she going to school?” or “Which school are you hoping to get her into?”
Everything in BabyGap is too small for them.
You can actually play a proper game with them (I had an awesome air hockey match with my daughter last week on holiday.)
When you go on holiday, you need less and less equipment – no buggy, no highchair, no bed guard = more room for Mummy and Daddy’s things (wine).
Which other signs have you recognised in your children that show they’re getting older?