The perils of furniture shopping with a toddler

We took a trip to Ikea yesterday with our 1 year old. I can’t even remember the reasoning behind going on a day she wasn’t in nursery; something about there’ll be two of us there to help wrangle her and we can have a bite to eat so I won’t need to cook…

It was fine initially. For approximately the first five minutes. However it seems that Ikea is THE place to take your kids and let them run riot because there were honestly children climbing on everything. And with the realisation that she was one of the few children sitting (‘imprisoned’) in a trolley things quickly went downhill. Somewhere around the bed section, she adopted her standard ‘high-pitched-grunting-with-arms-raised-towards-an-adult-who-might-lift-me-out’ stance, which quickly led into ‘whining-really-loudly-until-somebody-does-something-about-this-unacceptable-situation’ and by the time we got to dining tables it had inevitably turned into plain old ‘crying-as-loud-as-possible’.

taking-a-toddler-to-ikeaWe gave in at the kitchens and let her out to run around amongst all the other children. After one quick rest amongst the soft furnishings, a few peek-a-boo’s and a lot of redirections, we got to the kids area. There were rocking horses to rock on, tiny tables and chairs to sit at, a lot of soft toys to hold very tightly onto, some tents and tunnels to crawl amongst, and two twirly chairs to get dizzy in. There were tiny dictators everywhere, screaming their displeasure when their parents attempted to remove them from a chair or peel them away from inside a tunnel.

I was pleasantly surprised that we had no such meltdown when leaving the kids section. But it all went downhill when, before we even got downstairs to the ‘market’, I tried to prize the labrador soft toy from under her right arm. I should’ve have just waited until the end. But hey, you live and learn. Next time we’ll go when she’s in nursery.

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