Goodbye toddler… hello “pre-schooler”? 

Goodbye toddler… hello “pre-schooler”? 

The other week I text my friends about a baby and toddler show asking if they’d like to go, and got the reply “no thanks – no babies or toddlers here!” Hmmm I thought, I still call Miss Belle a toddler. It got me thinking though. Maybe it’s time to drop the “toddler” description.

No longer a toddler

Miss Belle is three now and so I’ve been used to calling her a toddler for some time. Although yes we are very much past the terrible twos and heading for some serious threenager attitude and wobblers, the word “toddler” just seems to roll off the tongue. But now that I’ve thought about it, I guess she’s no longer a toddler. For one thing she definitely doesn’t toddle. Despite her late walking she’s now caught up with her peers physically. She has a new found energy which has literally upped a few gears in the past few weeks. She dances and prances about all over the house. (We have been known to partake in some Miranda style galloping, naturally). She is what my mum calls “a jumping bean”. She has oceans of energy (sometimes I wish she’d give me a bit of it) and it’s really lovely to see. So yep, definitely not “toddling”. This week something monumental happened. She finally, after about 18 months, bounced on the red ball at Mini Monkeys. Previously this had been deemed “too scary” (because it’s big), but she went for it, and surprise surprise, she loved it.

She’s also talking non stop. Like, I don’t get a minutes peace (well unless Frozen or Bambi is on). Over the past six months she’s embraced imaginative play. She will tell me a monster is coming or we’ll pretend to look for imaginary lizards (recreating that damn Peppa Pig episode where Edmund Elephant’s family are in the desert). Sadly she does still love that Pig, and we will most likely head back to Peppa Pig World next year when Little Man is more into it.

Hello pre-schooler

Her likes and dislikes have changed too. Even as a toddler she loved to sit quietly and do puzzles. Santa got her some new ones because we’ve exhausted the ones we’ve got. Yet they’ve barely been touched. She’d much rather be running around or playing imaginatively now.

Like many three year old she now adores Play Doh – the Christmas and Birthday presents which were very well received. She just wasn’t into it last year. Now she loves to make pretend food and make me eat it. I guess that’s another sign, she’s getting older, more creative, more inquisitive.

And the big thing she’s into at the moment is the alphabet. We have a couple of games, and activity book and an app on the iPad which she loves. She’s also learning the days of the week and months of the year. And is starting to fully understand holidays, like Christmas, and yes, Easter. All things very “pre-school” like I guess.

Am I sad to say goodbye to the toddler years?

In a way, yes. I was looking back at photos on my phone of her this time last year and my heart melted. She was fatter in the face, considerably shorter. And proper toddler cute, even if I do sound biased. Now, whilst still adorable and gorgeous to me, she looks more of a little girl. But what a feisty, funny little girl she is. She’s such a character. You can see her mood in her face. Her eyes in particular tell me how she’s feeling, from cheeky to mischievous… if she’s concentrating or scared, they show it all.

So yes although it’s sad to say goodbye to the cute toddler Miss Belle, it’s lovely to see her changing, growing, exploring and learning.

I guess the technical term would be to describe her as a “pre-schooler” now, but it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite so easily, to me at least.

I’ll just stick with little girl for now.

She’ll always be my little girl.



  1. 28th March 2018 / 8:45 pm

    I’ve been trying to stop myself from saying “toddler”, too – Matilda is so clearly NOT a toddler any more – but “preschooler” sounds so formal. I mostly just say “kid”.

    • thisismenow
      29th March 2018 / 7:58 am

      Yeh it is formal! Just doesn’t sound right to me! But yep definitely no longer a toddler but it is lovely like I say to see them changing and growing. Just wish time would slow down!! X

  2. 14th May 2018 / 7:43 pm

    I called Max a toddler for so long! And then it just hits you out of nowhere, they’re a little boy / girl now, and you can’t deny it any more! It’s a wonderful age for watching them develop though and seeing their likes and dislikes come through so clearly, and seeing them just brimming with personality. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  3. 15th May 2018 / 12:24 pm

    It’s funny how it creeps up on you and you suddenly realise that they’ve moved onto the next stage. I love this age, my daughter is 3 years old and she is just the best company and full of life. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • thisismenow
      15th May 2018 / 1:33 pm

      They are real little individuals now, it’s lovely – thanks for hosting a fab linky I will miss it xx

  4. 15th May 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Reading this I couldn’t help but think of my own 3 year old and I can see so many things resonating with her too like the fact she speaks so much and has sapped all my energy. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • thisismenow
      15th May 2018 / 6:57 pm

      Haha yes they do that don’t they! Thanks for reading x

  5. 18th May 2018 / 2:27 pm

    One thing is for sure kids grow up way too fast. Enjoy every stage as time does not stand still before you know it she is a teenager #blogcrush

  6. 19th May 2018 / 5:49 pm

    It’s both sad and fun when you realize this age change, isn’t it? Good luck with year 3. I swear my oldest was worse then than she was when she was 2! #blogcrush

    • thisismenow
      19th May 2018 / 5:55 pm

      Ha yes I think this is proving to be the case now!! Thanks for reading xx

  7. 20th May 2018 / 10:37 am

    I went through this exact conundrum of what to call mine, especially when my youngest was becoming a toddler too. I think ‘little girl’ is perfect! Gorgeous photos by the way #blogcrush

    • thisismenow
      20th May 2018 / 11:45 am

      Ah thanks so much xx

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