Oh What Fun to be One! – Every parent of a one year old will relate

April 17, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Diary of a Baby

Oh What Fun to be One! - Every parent of a one year old will relate

This post is part of a series of posts I am writing titled Diary of a Baby chronicling the candid confessions of a baby from 0 to 2 years old.

You can read the previous post in the series here: Now Let’s Eat Some Cake! – Baby’s First Birthday

You can find the entire series here: Diary of a Baby

Age: 13 months old


Dear Diary,


As you know, last month I turned 1 year old and as I am slowly learning, it is so much fun to be one! I used to think that I had the best life as a newborn – just eat, sleep, poop, repeat. But boy was I wrong! One year olds have way more fun. Here is a bunch of fun stuff I love to do.


1. Cruise around – I can now hold on to stuff and shuffle my feet along like I’m almost walking. I can use chairs, stools and other furniture as walkers and push them around. In fact in my free time I can usually be found rearranging the living room furniture. And then Mamma hurriedly pushes it all back into place before Papa comes around, only to turn around for a minute and I’m at it again. Tee-hee-hee


baby rearranging furniture, baby cruising

In my free time I can often be found rearranging furniture. Hmm..why would anyone need this chair at the table? It looks much more useful here facing the wall no?

2. Explore the world – With mobility comes the ability to explore…drawers, cupboards, laundry basket, shoe rack, toilet bowl… I must reach into everything.


3. Blow raspberries – It is weird and gross and totally fun. And it drives Mamma mad which is an added bonus.


blowing raspberries

Fun ways to annoy Mamma #362: Blow raspberries


4. Demand “Wheels on the Bus” – This is hands down by far the best song ever written. It must be played or sung to me at least 257 times a day or else I will cry. Once in a while I may accept Old McDonald or 5 Little Monkeys as a substitute, but we must always ALWAYS come back to Wheels on the Bus


5. Eat on my own – Yes I am all grown up now and I want to eat on my own. In fact I take the phrase “dig in” quite seriously. When food is placed in front of me, I waste no time literally digging in with my hands, spoon, fork or face.

baby eating on his own

I do take the phrase “dig in” quite seriously!


6. Say “No” – I can now shake my head or hold my hand up to indicate “No”. I can’t tell you how liberating this is! I can now assert myself when I don’t want to eat / wear / play / do something. I am not at the mercy of the adults to decide everything for me, which is wonderful because here is a list of things I definitely don’t like:


Oh What Fun to be One! - Every parent of a one year old will relate | Baby & Beyond

Oh What Fun to be One! – Every parent of a one year old will relate | Baby & Beyond

List of things I can now say “No” to:


1. Changing diapers – Thankfully I have the skills of an escape artist. I can just roll over, sit up or crawl away every time I am put down for a diaper change. Ha! Even more fun is this game: I lie down completely innocently while Mamma takes off the old diaper. she thinks this one’s going to be a quick one and I can almost hear her giving herself a pep talk, “You’ve got his…almost done…stay calm…don’t do anything to excite him”. Then just in that flash second when she’s putting down the old diaper and picking up the new one, I get up and make a run for it. And she chases me around the house with wipes in one hand, diaper in the other screaming “Come back here, don’t touch it, don’t pee on that!” Haha…oh it cracks me up every time!


2. Head baths – As much as I love bath time, I don’t like any water touching my head. So you can forget about shampoo.


3. Baby food – Get that puree away from me! I want what the adults are having. I will reject whatever is being offered to me and will happily eat whatever is in Mamma’s plate.


4. Naps – Don’t need them, don’t want them. I will resist sleep for as long as I can. In fact I am thinking of skipping my morning nap from now on.


5. Anything that restricts my movement – stroller, car seat, crib… I scream till I am taken out of it. Unless its a swing. Then I scream when I am taken out of it.


So you see Diary, its really super being a one year old. I’m having the time of my life and the fun has only just begun! I’ll be sure to come back and tell you all about how the year is progressing. See you soon!


– Big Boy N


Also read: The definitive list of toys that babies actually want to play with: Keys, Switches, Boxes and Other Baby Toys

One year old is an interesting age. They’re no longer little babies, but not yet toddlers either. They have opinions of their own and they are just learning that they can express them too.


You may find that there were certain things your baby would easily do but suddenly refuses, like eating a certain food or taking a head bath, getting in the car seat or even wearing a certain outfit. Its possible that your baby never really liked it in the first place, but so far felt helpless. It is natural for the baby to want to try and exert some independence and control now that he is able to express himself.

As parents we need to support and encourage this independence. The more we say “No” to them, the more they will say it right back to us. I’m was all for encouraging Baby N to eat on his own even if I had to clean up the mess, or letting him explore cupboards (as long as there is nothing dangerous inside). As early as one year old I used to give him options on tees and he would point at what he wanted to wear. I suppose at some level that made him feel like he had some control and decision making authority. And then there are times when I have to be firm, like getting into the car seat and those are times I need to assert my authority and set boundaries.


Its a tricky business really. As I always say, in parenting we need to pick our battles and decide which ones are not worth fighting over. 


You can read the next post in this series here: The Truth About Playdates – A Toddler Tells All!

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