5 Gross Habits Only Toddlers Can Get Away With

5 Gross Habits Only Toddlers Can Get Away With

Thank goodness only toddlers can get away with these five crazy stunts!


By: Nicole Fabian-Weber

When my husband and I were touring the maternity ward of the hospital during my second pregnancy, my 2-year-old daughter picked her nose and tried to wipe it on the nurse who was our tour guide. "Ew!" my daughter shrieked at the sight of her booger, which, was, yes, very ew. To be honest, it took me a second to even bat an eye at her behavior, as it’s the type of thing I see 975 times a day. And the nurse, too, didn’t seem to be fazed. "Toddlers," she said with a shrug.

As any mom of a toddler knows, their decorum leaves something to be desired. And while their antics can come off as kind of adorable, given their tiny stature and innocence, no grown-up could ever get away with what they do -- and thank goodness, because it can be pretty gross!

Here, 5 crazy habits only toddlers can get away with.

1. Walking around naked -- all the time. Toddlers have a penchant for being in the buff the majority of their days -- regardless of the sub-degree weather outside. My daughter will be mid-snack or halfway through a television show when bam! Nudie-rudie on the loose! It can be a pretty cute habit in toddlers, given their adorably pinchable bottoms. But adults? Not so much.

2. Picking their noses and (gulp) eating it. No matter how adorable the child, this is one habit that will never be super cute. However, toddlers can totally get away with this icky practice. Maybe it’s because of how unabashed they are about it, or maybe it’s because they simply don’t know better? Whatever the reason, it’s definitely not something that should be encouraged! And thank goodness this isn’t OK for grown-ups!

3. Flatulence. With the exception of your Uncle Merle, few people on this earth seem to have as much flatulence as 2- and 3-year-olds -- and few people are so brazen about it! Of course, the grade-schooler in all of us finds it kind of hard not to laugh at this, but man, it’s a good thing such a habit isn’t the norm.

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4. Drinking the bath water. OK, so maybe this isn’t something all toddlers do, but mine certainly does. Every. Single. Night. My husband and I have tried to dissuade this yucky habit time and time again, but our efforts seem fruitless. Help!

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5. Eating anything and everything they drop on the floor. Sure, there’s the ol’ 5-second rule, but does that apply at, say, a zoo? Probably not, but toddlers will go for it anyway! They drop their granola bar on the ground? No problem! They’ll just pick it right up and eat it if we let them. Gross -- and pretty unsanitary. Imagine dropping your spaghetti Bolognese on the floor and then eating it? No thanks.

What gross habits does your toddler have?


Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and an equally sweet baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications.

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