When I’ve shared photos this past year of the “you know you live with a toddler when…” variety, people frequently comment how lucky I am that our first two toddlers weren’t as destructive and messy as Jonathan is! Third time’s a charm, perhaps? I can’t believe how many times we catch him absolutely destroying his books and toys and making messes in the bathrooms and my spice drawer, but here’s a little taste of how we know we live with a toddler!
1. You have to lock the doors from the outside of the room
Yes, it’s true! We’ve had this lock on the outside of our bedroom since Braden was a toddler and he figured out how fun it was to go rifling through our nightstands and play in our bathroom! Now, with Jonathan, we’ve added another to the main bathroom door because he thinks it’s super fun to play with the toilet brush! It would have also been smarter to not have the easier-to-open lever style doorknobs…oh well.
2. Your storage units have the bottom shelves empty
This was never an interest to his older brothers, but Jonathan has loved opening up DVD cases, taking out the paper leaflet and using the discs as frisbees or teething rings. I think/hope he’s outgrowing this soon, because I have nowhere to move the movies on that fourth shelf!
3. Decorations are out of reach
The bottom third of our 9 foot tall Christmas tree was almost barren this year. I did have it decorated but he kept bringing us ornaments and trying to bounce the ball ornaments on the floor, so row by row they all ended up being congested in the top two thirds of the tree! I also have no other ornaments or photos or anything of the like within his reach.
4. Books and toys become food
Maybe we got really, really lucky with our first two toddlers, but Jonathan literally eats books. I just don’t get it, but he also has favourites that he chews on more than others. (Also, please laugh with me that on the back of this book they dare call it “sturdy”!)
5. Partially-eaten food is left everywhere, especially the floor!
The other day Jonathan took his bowl of dry cereal and littered it across the floor as he walked from his table to the dishwasher, just as a flower girl would spread her petals on the aisle at a wedding.
Cleaning up Jonathan’s messes with my Dyson Ball Animal 2 makes the job a LOT easier. I vacuum every day, or at least every other day, to keep the toddler and pet messes away. It works perfectly on our hardwood floors, ceramic tile and the carpet in our bedrooms, because the cleaner head has active base plates that self-adjust across hard floor to carpet, sealing in suction the entire time.
The instant-release wand and extending hose stretches an impressive 4.6 metres, and with the attachments (such as the combination tool shown above), it helps me reach all the nooks and crannies easily, both high and low—whether I’m cleaning my baseboards or my wooden shutter blinds.
As I said in my previous Dyson post, this is the only vacuum I will ever own. They last, Dyson stands behind their product with amazing warranty and customer service, and this Dyson Ball Animal 2 has the strongest suction of any vacuum and is Canada’s #1 vacuum for a reason.
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Dyson and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. I never work with brands I personally don’t use and love! The opinions on this blog are my own.