Babies, toddlers, preschoolers… does it get easier, or is it just different?


My babies are now grown up into children, and I have just put in a school application for my smallest.

Flashback to the last time I'd had a good night's sleep

Flashback to the last time I’d had a good night’s sleep

I’ve started to exit slightly from my sleep-deprived baby-haze (I’m no less ditsy; I just don’t have an excuse now), and am no longer that person rolling my eyes as others offer ridiculous advice like ‘it goes so fast’ and ‘they’ll sleep in the end’. Now I guess I’m more likely to be the annoying person offering said advice (sorry, I do try not to).

It doesn’t really go fast, certainly not at the time, but I do look back and wonder where the years have gone and think about how much things have changed. In some ways, it does get a lot easier. In others, young children are harder than babies.

Here are some of the things I’ve found easier and harder:


My children can now communicate their wants and needs in words rather than frantic sobs and screams. Some of the things they say are hilarious.



They do not stop communicating. Ever. I swear mine talk constantly from the moment they wake up until they fall asleep with the odd chatter while they’re dreaming. It doesn’t, however, mean they listen.

…Plus, kids that can’t talk can’t say embarrassing things in public or tell their teacher you said a rude word.


No nappies, no potty training. We are done.



I now always have to note where the nearest toilets are, remember to make them go to the loo before every journey, and if accidents happen, I’m rarely well prepared.


They don’t have to be rocked to sleep, there are no night feeds and I rarely see long periods of nighttime unless there is someone ill.



They have a million excuses not to go to bed, and once in, a good night’s sleep is definitely not a forgone conclusion. I end up sharing my bed a lot more than I’d like and they take up loads of space. Plus when they kick it’s painful.


No bottles to make up, no trying to find places to sit down and breastfeed – keep a bottle of water and a biscuit in your bag and you’re prepared for anything. They don’t make an epic mess with every yoghurt.



When they were weaning they’d both eat anything, but now they have very firm ideas of what they will and won’t eat. And often it changes from day to day, although we never make it far past a Pizza Express without pleas to go inside…


With preschool and school, I no longer have the dreaded mum-guilt if we don’t do a hundred different baby groups. I get some time to myself now, and I can drink as many cups of tea as I fancy!



It can get really lonely being at home with no structured day time activities… Plus once they’re off into the wide world, you have no control over who they socialise with, plunging you into a whole new world of awkward mum relationships.


I don’t have a monster double pram to squeeze into the back of a car, I can use public transport without worrying there won’t be space, or go on day trips without the fear of having to rely on the kindness of strangers to assist me with bumping a buggy down an escalator.



Times were much simpler when I could just strap them down and get on my way. They couldn’t wander off in the wrong direction or give me a heart attack by stepping into the road because they were not looking where they were going.

And, the complaining when they get tired! They’re too heavy to carry now, so we just have to wait it out. Plus I now have to actually carry my shopping…


No more Peppa Pig!



Paw Patrol. Endless Paw Patrol.

In conclusion…

It’s easier, and harder, at the same time, as I’m sure it will continue to be for a long time yet.

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