15 Gross Things Toddlers Like

Let’s face it. As cute as toddlers can be, they’re also kind of gross. On an almost daily basis, I find myself baffled about the weird/gross things toddler like particularly my own. I took a poll with some of my mama friends and readers. Along with my own additions, I’ve compiled a list of gross things toddlers like. Check ‘em out and then let me know if there are any gross things I missed that your toddler is particularly fond of!

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    15 Gross Things Toddlers Like

    Toddlers: equal parts adorable and disgusting.

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  • Those toilet cap things 2 of 15
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    The other day I was doing my hair in the bathroom while Fern played, when suddenly I looked over to see that she was playing with one of those little toilet cap bolt cover things. I don't know the technical term for them, but you can see the above image for reference (follow the arrow). Anyway, I managed to snatch the thing right before she managed to pop it into her mouth, but I know she's not the only toddler who loves these. One of my friends has a little boy who can't resist them. The grossest.

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    Water + pee + dirt + leftover peanut butter + whatever other grossness is floating around = the tastiest toddler cocktail. Why do toddlers drink the bath water?! WHYYYY???

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  • Dust bunnies 4 of 15
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    Recently while I was washing dishes, I looked over and noticed my daughter holding something peculiar looking. She was happy as a clam carrying it around, but since I couldn't tell what it was, I stopped what I was doing to take a look. Low and behold she was clutching the most disgusting dust bunny and she got so upset when I threw it in the trash (even though there were probably plenty more where that came from). Sorry kid. Dog hair, dust and lint do not a good toy make... despite what you might believe.

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  • Licking their snot 5 of 15
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    Toddlers don't have time for tissues. A tongue will suffice quite nicely.

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  • Laying on the floor in public places 6 of 15
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    Apparently the floors of public places make great spots for cuddling up or taking an impromptu nap if you're a toddler. Recently my daughter thought the airport floor was a great place to lay down and chill. She doesn't seem to be any worse for the wear, but honestly all I can think about when I see her laying on the floor is just how much dog poop/gum/other gross stuff has been tracked on that floor. Makes me shudder!

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  • Eating food off the floor 7 of 15
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    Eating food that has fallen on the floor—we've all done it and none of us died or anything, but, yet again, consider all the grossness that gets tracked around on floors. And then that goes in that tiny toddler mouth... I can't even.

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  • Toilet splashing 8 of 15
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    Toddlers seem to think that toilet bowls are like the most perfect water table—meant for nothing better than their splashy happiness. Ugh!

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  • French kissing drinking fountains 9 of 15
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    I refuse to let my daughter use a drinking fountain, because I know that all she would want to do is full-on makeout with the spout. I've seen it happen by many a toddler. No way, no day.

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    Trash cans are pretty much treasure chests filled with deliciously disgusting wonderment in the eyes of a toddler. So many sights and smells. It's like a one-stop sensory experience. Who needs a sensory tub?!

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  • Trying to peek while you pee 11 of 15
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    What is it about the goings on in the toilet that are so appealing? I'm not quite sure, but whatever the case, my daughter is constantly trying to get up close and personal while I'm on the pot to see what's happening in there. 

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  • Picking and eating 12 of 15
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    Thankfully my girl hasn't quite figured out that boogers are salty and delicious (I'm guessing that's what toddlers must think about them?), but plenty of other mamas chimed in with this as one of the gross things their toddlers are into.

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  • Eating paper 13 of 15
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    If I had a dollar for every time my toddler tried to chow down on a stray piece of paper or a book page, I would be a very rich mama.

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  • Ketchup… on EVERYTHING 14 of 15
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    Everything's better with ketchup, right? WRONG. Unless you're a toddler. In which case, ALL THE KETCHUP!!!

  • Pet food 15 of 15
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    Dog food, cat food... and probably other animal food too. It's all irresistible to the toddler palette. Seriously? You'll eat dog food, but you won't eat a beautifully cooked and marinated cut of steak? I don't get it. 

 

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble. More from Lauren:

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