Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Potty List!

2. Baked a cake
We've all heard of the "Bucket List", ambitions to do before we die. Mostly, if you're on twitter, linked to the name of a seriously ill child who didn't actually want to trend on twitter anyway.  But there's something better than that.  I'm talking about the "Potty List".  This made the papers a couple of weeks back, but we were at the in-laws and I didn't get to read the whole thing til now.
4. Sung loudly in public

The Potty List is a list of 36 "Things to do before you're 3", one for each month of a toddler's life (though they're not necessarily going to do them at that rate).  It's all about the milestones of growing up, and the fun to be had along the way.  How many has your child done? And how many have you done yourself?  We've tried to work out how many we've achieved, and how many we've taken photos of.  (Don't panic, there's no picture of number 24!)

8. Made sandcastles on the beach

The 36 must-do activities that make up ‘The Potty List’ are:

1. Made a mud pie
2. Baked a cake
3. Finger painted
4. Sung loudly in public
5. Climbed a big hill 
6. Picked fruit
7. Danced with no inhibitions 
8. Made sandcastles on the beach
9. Been chased by a monster
15. Chosen a favourite book
10. Jumped in a puddle so hard the water went in mummy’s shoe too
11. Belly-flopped
12. Fed the ducks
13. Blown bubbles
14. Had a teddy bear’s picnic
15. Chosen a favourite book
16. Ridden on the top of double-decker bus
17. Visited a museum
18. Been on a train ride
19. Fed an animal

20. Grown cress in the shape of your name
21. Worn pants on your head
22. Ridden the tea-cups at the fair
23. Flown a paper aeroplane
24. Poo’ed in the bath
25. Stayed the night away from home
26. Ridden on daddy’s shoulders
27. Scribbled somewhere you shouldn’t
28. Cleaned your own teeth
29. Answered the phone
30. Mastered a party piece
31. Had a ‘first love’
32. Bought something in a shop
33. Set your sights on a future career (pirate, fairy or builder, perhaps?)
18. Been on a train ride
34. Told a fib
35. Made up an inappropriate nickname for someone
36. Broken something valuable

We've actually managed many more than the ones pictured, I can't find the teacups, I think that's probably just on video (I was on them too, so couldn't take photos), and you just don't think to take pictures of everything - buses, puddles and poo in particular!  It's inspired me though to take more photos of those everyday occurrences that will make up our memories, the little firsts.

The Potty List was inspired by suggestions from parents nationwide and endorsed by experts, including nutritionist Amanda Ursell, psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson and trends forecaster Sean Pillot de Chenecey.

It forms part of the Little One-ders’ Toddler Census, commissioned by, and has been designed to celebrate the extraordinary growth and development Little One-ders go through from one to three years.
19. Fed an animal

By no means exhaustive, it does however pinpoint some wonderful experiences for toddlers, from the fun to the fundamental.

Child psychologist Dr Richard Woolfson says: “As your toddler turns one and becomes a Little One-der their extraordinary growth over the next couple of years will amaze you. Toddlerhood is about learning, about development and about progress – it's also about pushing the boundaries a little.
27. Scribbled somewhere you shouldn't
“A growing child needs to be loved and to be happy, but fun activities play an essential part during the toddler years too, as now is the time they will master many of the skills that will set them up for life. Making a mud pie or jumping in a puddle has never been so important!"

Achieving all these ambitions, alongside all the growing and learning that takes place in the first three years of life takes an awful lot of energy. nutritionist, Leanne Olivier, adds: “During this phase of amazing growth and development, relative to their size, toddlers’ energy needs are nearly three times greater than an adult’s. They require more than four times the amount of iron and vitamin C, plus about three times the calcium, zinc and vitamin A.

“Their stomachs are a lot smaller than ours, so they need to eat small amounts of foods often to give them energy and nutrients throughout the day, so they can make mud pies and climb hills.

“This means that they need three small meals with regular snacks in between to meet their very specific energy needs and each meal and snack needs to be balanced and nutrient-packed.” 

Cow & Gate Growing Up Milk are sponsoring me to attend the CybHer conference in May 2012.  The statistical data in this post came from The Toddler Census, a questionnaire answered by over 1000 parents in July 2011.

1 comment:

  1. That's fantastic! Love all the pics. I need to have a look through mine to see how many we have done! :)


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