Christmas with a toddler is undeniably exciting, but it can be pretty damned exhausting too for all involved. We had a great big family Christmas and New Year, with my parents hosting my in laws as well as my three brothers and their families at various points during the festive season.
Arthur absolutely loved having all his family around him, but there were definitely points where he found it all a bit overwhelming. Add in the huge pile of presents (his birthday’s on the 28th December, which really doesn’t help matters) and we came very close to meltdown on more than one occasion!
Cue the Connecta. The perfect way to calm an overexcited toddler. Whether it was whisking him up for a cuddle and some fresh air or letting him sleep on me whilst I enjoyed dinner with the family, I’m not entirely sure what I would have done without it.
It came into its own over New Year too. Having made it through Christmas and his birthday celebrations, Arthur came down with a bout of croup. He’s had it before, so I kind of knew what to expect. But that didn’t ease the sleepless nights or general feelings of helplessness at watching coughs wrack his feverish body. What did help was being able to put him in the sling: he slept there, upright against my chest. It seemed to calm his breathing too.
On New Year’s eve we’d been due to go to a Godfather-themed dinner at my parents’ local pub. We got all dressed up, but in the end decided that Arthur just wasn’t well enough. So Leigh and I stayed home with him, enjoyed a couple of glasses of prosecco and a romantic meal for two, and all the while Arthur snuggled up in the Connecta.
This time last year Arthur wasn’t quite walking yet, and I wore him almost all of Christmas. I wouldn’t have anticipated still having such a need for the sling this time round, but there’s no denying that even the most active toddler needs a bit of time for quiet cuddles – and that’s when the Connecta is worth its weight in gold.