5 Reasons Your Wish for Baby to Be Mobile May Come Back to Bite You

Mobile Baby #1
image via Brittany Meng Photography
If there is a basket, consider it dumped out. A pair of shoes in the front hall, consider them officially relocated. Pillows on the couch? To the floor they go. The game is “make a mess,” and your toddler is winning.

Your sweet little munchkin is rocking back and forth on her hands and knees, and you know it will probably be any day now she's going to be ready to go—crawling and then walking, and you can’t wait! Let me give you a few reasons why you might just want to savor the less mobile days you have left!

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Mobile Baby #2
image via Jeanna Strassburg

1. You’ll NEVER load the dishwasher in peace again!

Heaven knows I love a helper! I have only one stipulation for helpers, and that is that they help, not hinder. Well, you see, every time I try to load the dishwasher with my toddler around, she loads herself. Try putting a cup or two in the top rack, and you’ll soon find them tossed to the floor, and the look on her face will say, “Woo hoo! Look what I did mom!” She may even clap for herself. And, while it’s adorable, and even charming the first few times, when your sink full of dishes always has to wait until nap time, the cuteness fades a bit!

Mobile Baby #3
Image via Jeanna Strassburg

2. The stair-stepper will become your new favorite exercise.

You may have been kicking yourself for not getting to the gym as often as you wanted to post-baby. Well, have no fear. With a mobile baby, your exercise plan has arrived! Anywhere there are stairs is where your baby will want to be, so you will constantly be on the go! Baby gates worked OK when I only had one child, but with a 3-year-old and 6-year-old who still want access to their bedrooms, the gate just became a game of put up, take down, put up, take down, and so on, and so forth. Dealing with that gate became more of a headache than actually retrieving my toddler from the stairs! So we did our best to teach her how to safely maneuver the stairs, and we try to keep as close an eye on her as we can, but most days, my exercise plan is the stair-stepper. Literally.

{ MORE: Life with a Baby on the Go}

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Mobile Baby #5
Image via Jeanna Strassburg

3. Wherever they go, a mess follows.

If there is a basket, consider it dumped out. A pair of shoes in the front hall, consider them officially relocated. Pillows on the couch? To the floor they go. The game is “make a mess,” and your toddler is winning. Once they move, they move fast. You thought you baby-proofed the house? Think again. There will be dozens of things that you will move, put up, put away, or just plain throw away to keep them out of reach of your newly mobile one because if you don’t now, you’ll just be cleaning it up later!

Mobile Baby #4
Image via Jeanna Strassburg

4. They’ll suddenly have the urge to become a chef!

Cooking looks like tons of fun to your little ones, and because they can’t quite reach the stovetop yet, they’ll do what they can to get their little mits on pots and pans, wooden spoons, Tupperware, and – my toddler’s favorite – whatever she can find in the pantry. Oh, if only the spices and canned goods could talk! She will crawl in there and rearrange and scatter pantry items until her heart is content. Sometimes that’s a whole casserole and salad later! While I appreciate the babysitting job it’s doing while I cook, I'm not quite so thrilled when I have to clean up spilled rice and rearrange and retrieve canned goods from various locations in the house. One time, I didn’t find the tomato soup until I went to put a load of laundry in the dryer. Yup, I think the dryer must’ve needed some tomato soup for its grilled cheese … obviously!

Baby Gracie
Image via Jeanna Strassburg

5. No one’s stuff is off limits.

Big brother’s bed, sister’s dresser drawers, mom’s makeup, dad’s DVD collection? This in now your toddler’s domain—at least in their mind. And, if you wait until they’ve reached it to take it away from them, oh, heaven help us! The meltdowns that will commence!

In short, don’t wish away your quiet and calm days of sitting on the floor playing with toys in one spot. You’ll soon want those days back!

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5 Reasons Your Wish for Baby to Be Mobile May Come Back to Bite You

Jeanna Strassburg is a wife, and mother of three, who enjoys kitchen dance parties and summer time! Jeanna received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in April of 2007. She enjoys spending her time cooking, cleaning and tending to the proper duties of a stay at home mother… NOPE! Truthfully, she enjoys eating the food, but not making it or cleaning up after it. She likes to have a clean home, but loathes laundry and dishes. Loves her children, but coul ... More

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3 comments

  1. mommy nhoj says:

    Just told my husband not to expect a clean, mess free house when baby’s awake and on the floor 🙂 I miss her when she’s just small wrappes in my arms

  2. LIZ says:

    im not rushing my baby for to any step, but she is just very curios, i just get tired just looking at her, how amazing life beggins

  3. Destiny says:

    reason #6 once they become mobile they rarely stop to cuddle anymore!

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