Quirky behaviour in toddlers

(21 Posts)
halfdrunktea Tue 13-May-14 15:00:40

DS is 3.5 (actually does that count as preschooler rather than a toddler?) Anyway, he has a few strange habits:

- He says orange is his favourite colour, so he always gets all the single orange pieces of Duplo and puts them on a high shelf so his little sister can't reach them. He doesn't do this with the bigger pieces, only the single orange pieces. He refuses to use these single orange pieces for building his Duplo constructions.
- We have a book called Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy on the playroom shelf. If I try to move it back to the living room he will get it and put it back in the playroom. He must like the picture on the front.
-He always has to have a blue straw with his drink, never any other colour.
-His comfort object is a wooden spoon. Not just any old wooden spoon, but an expensive bamboo one that we got when we were visiting the Eden Project on holiday.

What quirky habits do your children have?

MrsRuffdiamond Tue 13-May-14 15:06:01

We have a book called Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy on the playroom shelf. If I try to move it back to the living room he will get it and put it back in the playroom.

grin The image this conjures up really made me laugh!

tiddleypompom Tue 13-May-14 15:27:21

He sounds great! They do like habits I find. My DS1 (2.5yrs) currently won't take his bike helmet off (even to eat) and has to go up the stairs backwards.

DS2 on the other hand stole his DGranny's silicon spatula at 6 months and still won't let her have it back at 14 months. It was also an expensive kitchen implement. Perhaps there's a theme?

Thurlow Tue 13-May-14 15:32:48

DD(2.4) won't finish watching a DVD without taking it out the player, putting it in the box, and putting it away. She gets hysterical if you don't let her put it "back to bed". It's rather tidy, but very annoying if you're in a rush.

EatDessertFirst Tue 13-May-14 18:50:06

DS (3yo) is currently obsessed with having coins on his trouser pocket so he 'sounds like Daddy'.

EatDessertFirst Tue 13-May-14 18:50:38

in his trouser pocket....i

DIYandEatCake Tue 13-May-14 20:16:17

Dd (3.2) has a thing about tak

DIYandEatCake Tue 13-May-14 20:24:26

Oops about taking strange objects to bed to cuddle. There's a zip purse containing calpol syringes, a teatowel and an empty orange juice carton in there tonight. She had a phase where she'd sneak a sequin (one of those little shaped ones for craft) into bed and the first thing you'd know of it would be the hysterical sobbing in the morning because she couldn't find it.
She gets it from me I think, I used to carry strange things round in my coat pockets, including for a while so many pebbles that my pockets broke. And dp complains about the odd things he finds in the car even now (like conkers and shells in the glove box... Can't resist!)

halfdrunktea Tue 13-May-14 21:52:52

DIY - that sounds familiar - my son is always accumulating random things!
I read the capitalism book years ago and it was only because of him moving it that I remembered it.

PurplePidjin Tue 13-May-14 21:57:58

18mo ds's favourite toy for weeks now has been my fabric tape measure. And we can go to toddler group with 15 other kids and an entire hall full of exciting toys, yet at some point he'll get my keys out to play with hmm

naty1 Tue 13-May-14 22:18:09

Just stones Dd has to pick up on a walk and walk carrying them

Chocolatestain Tue 13-May-14 22:18:44

17mo DS has taken on responsibility for dealing with the dirty nappies. As soon as they are bagged, he grabs them, rushes to to landing and chucks them over the banisters (he has seen me do this as they land near the front door). He then insists on carrying them to the outside bin and dropping them in while I hold him up.

When I put a clean nappy on him he waves and says bye-bye to his willy. That one's very cute.

cravingcake Wed 14-May-14 06:40:15

My 2.5yo DS likes to press doorbells. At one of the toddler groups we go to it doesnt matter if the lady is right there holding the door open, he wont go in until he's pressed the bell.

And when we get home he always has to press our doorbell.

Strange child.

PurplePidjin Wed 14-May-14 12:12:03

craving my ds likes to do that too - and the buttons at crossings (I'm very hot on making him stop and wait for the green man) I don't mind, but it drives my dad mad that he's sat on the computer at their house, right next to the front door, and suddenly the bell goes off as my key turns in the lock grin

Thurlow Wed 14-May-14 12:15:23

DD is currently insistent that she is a boy. I'm a girl, that's fine, but she is definitely a boy.

More amusingly she has decided that she is DD Thurlow, not DD DPsurname. This came about because we were teaching her the different surnames so she could tell the difference between the grandparents, but after learning her name she then decided that being DD Thurlow was clearly better. This annoys DP no end grin

Lioninthesun Wed 14-May-14 15:21:04

DD (2.9) loves plasters at the moment. I bought her some coloured ones and she has used them all up. I blame nursery as they had bears with bandages on for them to decorate with plasters...which she apparently used the whole box up on 2 bears hmm ("Mummy he's not welly well. Poor teddy!"). Now everything needs a plaster, even if it isn't visibly hurt or actually hurt at all. She can sadly unwrap and put them on herself. She doesn't yet put the rubbish into the bin, however.
She's also doing the surname thing, but for animals as well. So the donkey she rode a couple of months ago was DonkeyLioninthesun, who she "left at the farm, oh no!" which is quite sweet. She also likes to comment on 'good houses made of bricks' at regular intervals from 3 Little Pigs wink and is convinced a car near us is hers as it is "a small car with the purple stickers on it" - a mini for Utility Warehouse. I am sure the owner has heard her talking about 'her' car. We have to look for it every time we leave the house!

Thurlow Wed 14-May-14 15:22:21

Oh god yes, sodding plasters... I had a bad cold the other week, I was lying on the sofa feeling miserable, DD went off and found the plasters to make me feel better. Both cute and insanely annoying...

Lioninthesun Wed 14-May-14 15:23:19

Oh and putting things into your back pocket, anyone? I get sticks usually or leaves and flowers. Yesterday I got a snail. I only remembered she had been doing it on the way home from nursery when I finished making the lunch and sat down. R.I.P snail sad

traininthedistance Fri 16-May-14 13:40:34

Sounds like he can't quite decide whether he's a Marxist or a future landbanking housing developer! grin

happygelfling Fri 16-May-14 14:26:46

DD went through a phase of playing with baking potatoes. We went round to a friend's for a playdate and she insisted we took a potato... I was quite embarrassed; she does have plenty of "real" toys, honest!

IpsyUpsyDaisyDo Fri 16-May-14 16:08:01

DD (2) has taken to standing in the garden holding a peanut out to the squirrel hanging off the bird-feeder shouting 'Squerrrl! Come HERE! Peanut!'. Is quite baffled when it doesn't respond...
She is similarly commanding with the ducks, 'Ducks! DUCKS! Come here! BREAD!'
Hope this isn't the thin end of the wedge...!

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