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I remember when I had little ones that I used enjoy bath time. It didn’t matter how long or hard the day was bath time generally brought out the giggles.  There is nothing as restorative to a tired soul as a toddler laughing. I used to sit on the bathroom floor and just let the laughter wash over me.

Yesterday I was in desperate need of this experience and yet yesterday was the day Toddler decided to be scared of bubbles and fussy about toys in the water. Oh well you have those bath moments too. Then I remembered baby massage and as I held Toddler in a lying down position with one hand I massaged with lots of soap with the other; all down her legs and then up and down her back, tummy and neck. It wasn’t long before she was relaxed, pulling funny faces and giggling though she was very tired so I didn’t push my luck and called an end to bath time on a high note!

We then went and lay on the couch for some cuddle time except by now she was a little hyper and it became more like a rough and tumble!  I was reminded of Daniel when he was about 11 months old I changed the place where I changed his nappy and instead of having a little tumble and cuddle with him after a change I plonked him on the floor expecting him to crawl away leaving me to clean up the nappy. But coinciding with this change he became one angry little baby. At first I was taken back by this change in his personality and couldn’t figure out what was going on. Then I realised I had cut back the physical touch and he was reacting. He needed extra touch, extra cuddles.

These few memories all came flooding back as I saw toddler relaxing and calming down, not just physically but in her heart as well.

Toddlers need lots of touch, lots of cuddles.  Don’t let the busyness of the day, the exhaustion of being a mum distract you from this.

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