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My Toddler Belongs on Hoarders

By Beth Anne Ballance |

Harrison just waking up...

I am constantly amazed at the amount of stuff my toddler wants to sleep with.

It started off innocently with one stuffed monkey, who we named Templeton. Templeton was the center of Harrison’s universe and I even went on a tangent regarding toy scalping when we thought ol’ Templeton went missing one day. Then came Hank, Harrison’s car lovey that somehow made his way inside the house. These two guys were the “friends” that were required for bedtime and I always tucked my boy in bed with a smile, remembering how I used to sleep with a stuffed puppy and a hankerchief.

But then, my boy fell in love with cars and trucks and all things with wheels and started wanting to bring them to bed. A garbage truck one night, a Matchbox car the next. Then he started sneaking books into bed and I even found a toddler flashlight under his sheets one night – if I remember correctly, I didn’t start sneaking flashlights under the sheets until I was seven years old and obsessed with horse books.

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Toddler Bedtime Hoarding

Matchbox Cars

He has at least five Matchbox cars with him at all times and even the bus bag he carries them in.

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6 thoughts on “My Toddler Belongs on Hoarders

  1. Sarah L says:

    Oh we have the same happenings here! He wants Mater and Lightening and a golf ball, everything in bed with him. But my feats of his hoarding have escalated, you see he has started to CRY when the garbage men take “our” garbage bags each Tuesday because “he wants it”!! I’m preparing hsi old nursery (crib, changer, toys, clothes) for the arrival of our second, and he’s having a VERY hard time with “his” things being passed on, I’ve had to promise him the baby will give it all back! Eek! They are just too funny!

  2. Samantha says:

    This is the reason all the toys moved out of our kids’ rooms and into a large toybox in the play room- i would have to take a scoop shovel to my oldest daughters bed every afternoon at naptime just to fine the bed! after that the toys lived in the living room, and now that we have a new house, the playroom. lol

  3. Kelli says:

    I went in to cover up my little man before heading to bed tonight and remembered that I never commented on this post like I wanted to. My kiddo (who’s almost the same age as Harrison) insists on sleeping with his “wheelbarrow” which is actually a plastic dumpster that belongs to his dump truck. In it he keeps his toy cell phone and his “button” which is a yellow poker-chip thingy he found somewhere around the house. Tonight he was all snuggled up between it and his well-loved stuffed blue dog. So cute how these boys grow attached to certain things!

  4. Erin Human says:

    My 2 year old recently took a can of dog food to bed. Toddlers are weird.

  5. Michelle B says:

    On any given night, Jack has at least 4 stuffed animals ranging from Curious George to a tiger. One night, he took J’s paintbrush and my hand mixer attachment to add to his animals. Or it’s cars, books, trains, car garages, or all of the above.

  6. Amy says:

    I’m shocked at the things I find in my almost 3 year old daughter’s bed. She has about 20 different books…her princesses, her tiggers, her lion…and about 10 other stuffed animals…I find socks and slippers…toy cars and stickers…bathing suits (yes you read that right) and even binkies…though she’s never used a binkie, they are in the bed. I guess it’s a good thing she has a twin sized bed to fit all her hoard on.

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