A toddler mom is special kind of creature. We are exhausted, yet more creative and resourceful than one could imagine. Toddler moms are on call 24/7 for emergencies both big and small. Honestly, toddler moms are more like super heroes than ordinary humans. So, what do you get these mystical beasts we call “toddler moms” for the holidays?
The Top 5 Gifts for Toddler Moms
1. Give the Gift of Sleep
Even super heroes need time to rest and recover. This could not be more true for toddler moms. For some reason, toddlers themselves abhor sleep. They run amok all day and cry sometimes from pure exhaustion. However, when it is nap time or bed time, all of the sudden they are awake and ready for action.
Toddler moms do their best to wrangle these little beasts into bed. The bedtime process often takes hours. This time is like the toddler mom’s kryptonite. She is weakened and weakened until she is passed out on the floor covered in bed time stories rather than blankets.
Passing out from exhaustion is not restful sleep. Toddler moms need real sleep. If toddler moms get real sleep, they can rule the world. Here are some ways you can give the gift of sleep:
Offer to babysit the beast..ahem…toddler while mom takes a nap.
Take over the bedtime routine and let mom go to bed early.
Set your alarm for the middle of the night, so you can intercept the toddler’s midnight wake up call.
Grab the toddler to help you make breakfast while mom sleeps in. Bonus points for breakfast in bed and cleaning up!
Take the toddler to the park/zoo/circus in attempts of wearing him/her out enough to finally sleep.
2. Give the Gift of Cloning
Toddler moms are masters of trying to “do it all”, but sometimes it is just impossible. What a toddler mom really needs is a clone. With a clone, a toddler mom can divide her “To Do” list in half. Oooo…or if there were multiple clones?!? We could divide up the list to where it could be actually manageable!
If a toddler mom had a clone, at least one could have their hair washed. Perhaps even wear a little makeup? There would be clean, non-stained clothes. Maybe one of the clones could wear something that does not have an elastic waistband! Oh, the possibilities! In lieu of cloning technology, here are some things you can do that might be just as awesome:
Offer to do the grocery shopping…bonus if you bring her toddler!
Do a load of laundry for the toddler mom. This means washing, drying, folding, and putting away. Just to be clear.
Hire an hour or two of housekeeping services (This is what Santa would do!)
Cook a meal and do the dishes.
Bathe and dress the toddler while mom does her hair and puts on makeup…even if you are just staying in for a Netflix marathon.
3. Give the Gift of Coffee
Have you ever wondered why moms are always going on and on about coffee? I mean, if you are a mom, you know. But, for the rest of you, allow me to explain. Coffee is our lifeblood. It is how we survive the day. After yet another night of being awakened by a toddler who wants to give me a fun fact like “Olaf is cold because he is a snowman,” coffee is a necessity.
When I drag myself out of bed, there is one and only thing that motivates me to put one foot in front of the other. Coffee. Now, here’s the thing. It has to be good coffee. The cheap stuff will do in a caffeine crutch, like say, there was a zombie apocalypse and it is all you have. However, if all is right in the world, you better have some darn good coffee for this mama.
I could drive to Starbucks or Coffee Bean every morning, but ain’t nobody got time for those lines. You need quality coffee house coffee at home and for that you must turn to George Clooney. If George Clooney says that Nespresso is good, you better believe that it is. And if you don’t believe him, believe me. This stuff is the bomb diggity.
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4. Give the Gift of Wine
If we moms are not talking about coffee, we are probably talking about wine. After we spend our day fully loaded on caffeine, we need to unwind with a little vino. Being a toddler mom is like spending every day training for the Olympics. Only with this Olympics the events not only include running, jumping, and gymnastics, but also climbing, cleaning, and food catching.
An Olympic athlete might not resort to wine when attempting to keep their bodies in tip-top shape, but we toddler moms do not have such concerns. Wine may actually keep our bodies running more smoothly. Besides we need it to counter act the effects of all of that caffeine. What goes up, must come down and all that.
One option is to send the toddler mom in your life a wine gift basket from Wine Country Gift Baskets. I am a big fan of this site and they offer numerous deals and discounts. You can send mom a few bottles of wine, plus snacks, and a snazzy new bottle opener. If for some strange reason the toddler mom does not require wine in her life, there are also baskets full of chocolate, tea, or coffee.
Another option is to enroll the toddler mom in a wine club. This is the gift that keeps on giving. One of my favorite wineries is Heller Estate in Carmel, California. All of their wines are organic and reasonably priced. You can enroll to receive new wines monthly or quarterly without breaking the bank. They offer a variety of reds and whites for every palate, as well. If you are ever in their neck of the woods, be sure to visit!
5. Give the Gift of a Night Off
I totally need to practice what I preach here, but we toddler moms just need a night off from time to time. My husband and I have been out for a date night exactly twice since our little munchkin entered into the picture two-and-a-half years ago. I would love to get dressed up and bring a tiny purse. You know, not a purse that really doubles as a diaper bag/toddler survival kit?
Alas, sometimes trying to find a babysitter is just too much work. To give the gift of a night off, help the toddler mom out by making all of the arrangements for her. We just cannot plan one more thing. You know? All the planning and preparations that go into a few hours away is just too much sometimes!
However, you can still give mom a night off while staying in! Here are some ideas to help mom sit back and relax:
Draw a hot bubble bath for mom and lock the kids out of the bathroom.
Give mom the remote control, a blanket, and a glass of that wine and take the kids outside to play.
Take out all the arts and crafts supplies and get creative with the toddler while mom just lays back and plays on her phone. Hint: Reward toddler with Goldfish crackers if he/she helps you clean up.
If we toddler moms could harness the energy our toddlers have, there would be no limit to the things we could do. Since we cannot, we do need some help from time-to-time. These “gifts” are a great way to start helping the toddler mom in your life!
Are you a toddler mom? What gift are you dying for this holiday season? Is there anything I should add to this list? Please comment and share below!