Why do toddlers drink the bath water… and seven other mysteries us mums face

  1. Why do toddlers drink the bath water? Just because we give them plastic cups to play with while they splash around in the bubbles, doesn’t make it OK to drink the water. And anyway, doesn’t it taste, well, soapy?
  2. That one time you leave the house without a spare nappy/change of clothes/packet of wipes? It’ll be the first time in ages that your child has (what I call) a nappy explosion, leaving you have to dash into M&S to buy them a new outfit or shamefacedly ask a friend to borrow a nappy, leaving you feeling like a disorganised fool. WHY?
  3. What is it about stickers that makes every toddler obsessed with them? They’re just pictures with a sticky behind, after all. But they cause kids to unleash a frenzy of energy as they peel them off and position them here there and everywhere (our telly had Lord Tumble and a Cloudbaby on it for three days last week). The publishers of kids’ magazines aren’t daft giving them away with every issue, are they?
  4. Baby goes down for a nap. You tidy up the toys, hang up the washing, make yourself a cuppa, sit down in front of a Friends repeat and…. the baby wakes up. Every. Time. Do they have a mini radar in their brains?Mum putting her feet up with cuppa, napping baby, resting new mum
  5. Why do toddlers start to enjoy themselves right at the moment you have to leave the soft play area/friend’s house/kids’ party? For the majority of time you’re there, you have a shy, mute limpet glued to your side, and then just as it’s time to go, they spring into action, run around with a huge grin and engage with every other child there. Cue: tears and tantrums because you want to go home. (And tears from you because you can’t get them into their carseat for love nor money.)
  6. How do you get dried-on Weetabix off a highchair?
  7. Why do little tykes think that the loo brush is the best toy in the world? We can’t get ours undressed for a bath without her sidling subtly over to the loo (looking at us out of the corner of her eye, like we might not be able to see her) and make a grab for the loo brush. Eww.
  8. Where do hair clips go? Seriously, I must have bought five, maybe six multi-packs of kids’ hair clips in the last 12 months to keep my daughter’s fringe from falling in her eyes, but can I find any of them? No.


  1. September 11, 2012 / 5:42 pm

    So funny! Made me laugh out loud — I can definitely relate.

    • notanothermummyblog
      September 11, 2012 / 6:03 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  2. Nic
    September 11, 2012 / 5:53 pm

    You missed out “Why do kids feel the need – every day – to put all the cushions from the sofas on the floor in a pile?” Every day! It drives me loopy!

    • notanothermummyblog
      September 11, 2012 / 6:03 pm

      Ha! Yes I think kids hate cushions as much as men do!

  3. HonestMum
    September 14, 2012 / 1:57 pm

    Love this post-why does my crazy kid drink bath water, enjoys pulling the cat’s tail and corrects me when I get tractors confused with combine harvesters! Help me x

  4. September 14, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    God, I swear the bath water drinking will make me go grey. Amy does it with or without plastic cups and when she gets extra desperate for a pint of bath water, she’ll wring out the flannel…

  5. Christina
    September 19, 2012 / 10:03 am

    Can totally relate! Although my toddler enjoys peeing in the bath before attempting to take a sip. Yuk!

  6. September 19, 2012 / 1:09 pm

    Enjoying themselves just as it’s time to go! So true! And nap time – yes, always happens. And, yes, I’m sick of being caught out without the thing I need, and then feeling like an inept mummy, while leaving the house with everything but the kitchen sink typically means I’ll need none of it. And, oh God, if anyone knows the answer to removing the natural superglue that is Weetabix, answers on a postcard, please.

  7. Eilidh
    September 21, 2012 / 7:46 am

    Number 2 is so true! I had to run through asda with poo on my shirt to go buy a new one once! Xo

  8. September 30, 2012 / 5:44 pm

    so true, all of them! Even worse than soapy, why does my son insist on drinking it when he’s wee-d in it? EWWWWWW

  9. Bethan Johnston
    November 8, 2012 / 2:16 pm

    Every single one of these is true! EVERY SINGLE ONE! I did do a little out loud laugh-snort on the train reading it too. Great post, just found your blog and will be following from now on x

    • notanothermummyblog
      November 11, 2012 / 7:55 pm

      Ah thank you Bethan! I’m about to hop over to your blog for a look.

  10. March 15, 2013 / 5:48 pm

    I’m trying to convince visitors that dried on weetabix is the latest in textured wallpaper.

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