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Our Strange Toddler Phases

Toddlers and their phases! They are so funny. Six months back, we were having some new issues with Valentino. He would do the craziest things, like take his poopy diaper off during nap time, wave it in the air and then stomp on it. Or during play time he would take all his clothes off, throw poop around his room (yes, physically throw it), then go hide in his closet because he knew he had done wrong. Then we would go into his room and see him peeking at us butt naked from inside his closet. He would then giggle and run away from me while I would chase him and then dump him in the bath for an intense scrubbing session.

Another funny Valentino phase? Emptying his closet. He would empty his closet by taking all his clothes out of his drawers one by one, and throwing them all over his room.


Then when I tell him off he quickly runs and cleans it up, mixing his dirty clothes in with the clean ones. At least he tries :)



The drawers in his closet are the IKEA malm brand. Before we heard anything about the recall, we had a set of these drawers in each kids bedroom, and we didn’t attach them to the wall. I had put the drawers in their closets, and then I would tie the closets shut with a ribbon.


Then one day Valentino figured out how to get through the ribbon, open his closet and he tipped over his drawers. That could have killed him, as it did to a few toddlers apparently, hence the recall. We immediately removed the drawers from his room and put them right outside his room, where he again, made it tip over.


So then we moved all the Ikea malm drawers into our own bedroom until we sent them back and got a refund. They came the other day and removed them all, and we will get a full refund too. It was super convenient, I didn’t need to find the receipt (as we bought them 5 years ago) and I didn’t need to dismantle them either.

So about 6 months ago we had some issues with Caspian. He would constantly chew his wooden furniture, and it would drive me insane. I mean, just look at this:


So I had to get creative……..



I tried wrapping blankets around the crib rail, I tried sheets, I tried those gummy protectors, I tried the fabric crib rail guard and wrapped ribbons with double knots all around it. All my attempts were a fail, until one day daddy came and wrapped an old onesie around the fabric crib rail guard. A ONESIE! and it worked wonders. Who knew?


Thankfully all these odd behaviors were just a phase. We changed Valentino’s diapers to a more comfortable one and he doesn’t take them off anymore, and Caspian doesn’t chew wood anymore. Valentino has become such a little gentleman now. Caspian not so much, but I love them both the same. Time flies so fast, I wish I could just press pause and keep them little and cute forever.

About: Leila Rahmanian and Salar Rahmanian

Leila Rahmanian is married to Salar Rahmanian. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three wonderful kids, two boys named Valentino Rahmanian and Caspian Rahmanian and a beautiful daughter named Persephone Rahmanian.