25 Reasons Toddlers Cry Before 8am

September 21, 2016

Toddler Tantrum

Rocket man is going through a crying phase at the moment. If anything isn’t to his exact requirements or if he has the slightest displeasure, a meltdown is on the cards. Today has been a particularly trying day, with multiple so-called ‘reasons’ for him to have an outburst. I have been a good mummy and shown understanding of his complete devastation that he has to wear clothes to leave the house and can’t squash strawberries on his head. But in order to maintain my sanity I do have to laugh to myself.

I know in his world these are all genuine reasons to show his annoyance, so to keep my humour I thought I’d note down some (I know there are hundreds) of the reasons our precious little ones throw a wobbly before most people have even had their morning coffee…

        1. They wake up.
        2. They don’t want their nappy changed, despite having been drenched in their own urine for 12 hours.
        3. They’re too hot in their long-sleeved PJ’s.
        4. They’re too cold now you’ve rolled the sleeves up.
        5. They want to get into mummy and daddy’s bed.
        6. They hate being in mummy and daddy’s bed – it’s so restrictive.
        7. They want to watch daddy on the toilet, but not with the door shut. This isn’t allowed because mummy is still in bed and would also have to watch daddy on the toilet.
        8. They want to unravel the entire toilet roll and stuff it down the toilet, but are stopped after the first two squares.
        9. They want to use your phone to call the friend you haven’t seen for 20 years and really should have deleted from your contacts.
        10. They want to climb downstairs all on their own whilst carrying three wooden blocks and a box of tissues.
        11. They see the cat in a peaceful slumber and are held back from putting her in a headlock.
        12. They want breakfast and they want it now!
        13. They didn’t want that breakfast – ugh get it away from me.
        14. They want cereal.
        15. The cereal is too crunchy.
        16. The cereal is too squishy.
        17. They want fruit.
        18. The fruit is too slimy and the wrong shape.
        19. They want to get out of their high chair the millisecond breakfast is over, even if they are covered in watermelon juice and look like they’ve been in a machete attack.
        20. They want to play with your wedding china they’ve swiped from the cupboard you were sure you secured.
        21. They think you’ve abandoned them because they can’t see you hunched under the table, sweeping up the crumbs from that breakfast.
        22. They want to go outside in their PJ’s even though it’s raining.
        23. They want to be on the hall side of the baby gate.
        24. They want to be on the kitchen side of the baby gate.
        25. They want to be picked up, even though you’re clearing up the cat’s sick and dashing her towards the door before a second eruption.

This has pretty much been my life today!

How about you guys – what causes your little ones to go ape?

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  1. Reply

    Soppymum (Sara)

    Haha so true. I had a meltdown today for number 21!!! Bless them!! #sharingthebloglove

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      Aren’t we the lucky ones! We’ve had several meltdowns this morning. To be fair I think his teeth are playing up, but god is he dramatic! x

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    It absolutely drives me nuts that they wake up – then realise they’re still really tired so start crying but wont go back to sleep! Why dont they realise how brilliant it is to sleep?? my two year old is a bit of a crier and its massively irritating I must say! #ablogginggoodtime

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      I know, what is that all about?! I’m hoping it is just related to his teething and not a long term whinge fest! Terrible two’s? We’re not even three yet… x

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    Hahaha!! We definitely have the ‘get me out of the high chair’ meltdown! sharingthebloglove

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      It’s the worst! Literally the second we take the last bit of food away he starts playing up – tugging at his bib and flinging himself over the side of the high chair. God love him! x

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    Lucy At Home

    Hehe this really made me giggle! We have ALL of these breakfast scenarios every. single. day. And I’ve lost count of the number I’ve bashed my head on the table trying to let them know that I am underneath it, cleaning up. As you say, you just have to laugh about it! They’re funny little souls, aren’t they! #ABloggingGoodTime and #SharingTheBlogLove

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      I know Lucy, that’s what I remind myself – I’m sure we’ll miss it when they’re older…well maybe not! x

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    shaney (imummyblog)

    Blimey all that in one day lol it’s a good thing i don’t have stairs… or a cat.. or wedding china lol #thelist

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      Ha, I know, it’s a ‘challenging’ time at the moment! x

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    Alana - Burnished Chaos

    Ha ha, I can totally relate to all of these. My youngest’s favourite at the minute is crying she needs the potty then crying because you try to put her on it, then when you give in and put her on the change mat to put another nappy on she screams potty again! They certainly keep us on our toes don’t they?

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      What is it with all the crying ? Jubilant one minute and tears the next…life of a toddler eh?! x

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    Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn

    Haha, great post, yep, same in our house. My third child is currently 2.5 and the biggest battle is him wanting to carry bundles of toys everywhere with him. Like, 15 cars at a time, and having a complete meltdown when I try to get him to leave some behind. #thelist

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons

    Ahhh, this is my life right now! Mealtimes are a particular battlefield – he wants juice, he doesn’t want juice; he wants fish fingers, NO FISH FINGERS! Nappy changes are another big tantrum fest, apparently he would much rather sit in his own poo than experience a nappy change. I can laugh about it most of the time, but there’s no doubt it’s wearing when you get a whole day of it (which happened last week!) Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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      I know it can certainly be trying! Rocket man used to be OK for changing, but now it’s like the world has ended. Find myself singing silly songs and pulling funny faces to get through it! x

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    Kirsty @ winnettes

    Yep! I also get tears because I won’t leave her unattended on the kitchen side, or let her play with or eat raw garlic. I had no idea how unreasonable I was until I became a mother 😉

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      Ha, we must all be the most unreasonable parents ever! x

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    Laura - dear bear and beany

    Oh its tough isn’t it! Thankfully I am getting an easier ride of it with my youngest daughter, I think a combination of me knowing how to play the game and also her being a more chilled out child. But, there are days when it just all goes out the window!Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x p.s. it was lovely to meet you at the weekend

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      It’s funny because when we’re out and about he is like an angel child, but at home he can be quite the little thing! They say children play up for their mums because they feel safe to release their emotions, so I’ll take it as a compliment! Lovely to meet you too ? x

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    Mummy in a TuTu (@mummyinatutu)

    Ha ha ha excellent! Yes we are just entering toddlerdom here early it appears and I have a very independent and headstrong madam – pray for me will you?!?!

    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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      I’m praying for you!! Oh the joys of parenting ? x

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    Mudpie Fridays

    Oh I can relate!! Monkey use to have a meltdown because the piece of cheese that he had just demanded was the wrong shape.. What?! Lol. Got to love them! Stopping by from #sharingthebloglove

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      Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could act the same way for a day! They’d think we’d lost our mind! x

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    You Baby Me Mummy

    Ha ha! Oh huni I know exactly what you mean for all of these. Kids are so annoying huh?! 😉 Great post lovely Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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      Aww thanks Aby – I really had no clue how annoying kids were until I had one ? Wouldn’t swap him for the world though ? x

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    This is funny. Although I’m afraid to say, mine still has tantrums before 8am and he’s four in a couple of months. Sadly it’s not just toddlers/preschoolers. Mummy’s also known to have them in our house!! 🙂 #sharingtheBLOGlove

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      Oh no don’t tell me that! I was praying for normality pretty sharpish (wishful thinking). Ha, yes this mummy has a few tantrums too – fairs fair! x

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    Emma Plus Three

    Haha so true! My daughter is 3 now so not technically a toddler anymore but she can still be like this *rolls eyes* x #sharingthebloglove

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      Ha, yes, there is a lot of eye-rolling ? x

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    Cotswold Mum (@cotswold_mum)

    Yes I can relate to many of these too! How about crying because they don’t want to get up/go to nursery? That has been the story of our lives this week. Great post #sharingthebloglove

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      Aah that is one we’re yet to experience. Next year though I’m sure it will be added to the list! x

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    Oh dear. Doesn’t sound like a great morning. I guess I’ve got this all to look forward too haha!


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    Carolina Twin Mom / Mary Peterson

    Lord have mercy. My twins are officially out of the toddler stage, but I am *still* having to contend with the accidental phone dial of the friend I’ve lost touch with. I’ve almost gotten good at making up a b.s. reason why I would be calling this former work friend living in a different state even though we haven’t spoken in 4 years. Why I don’t simply say, “No, you may not play with Mama’s phone” is beyond me. #sharingthebloglove

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      Oh gosh that means I’ve got a long while to go then! How embarrassing – as if we need any more motherhood struggles ? Let’s just hope they don’t ring China…could be expensive! x

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