Tiny toe troubles

As previously mentioned, the cold weather is definitely here. I know how to bundle the boys up to head outside to stay warm. The trouble I am having is keeping some of the items on JSL once we are out and about. I will not even imagine the fun we will have with hats this year. Of course with the limited mobility from a winter coat that may not be a huge issue.

Right now my problem is best illustrated with the following photo from yesterday: 

So proud of his accomplishment

Do you notice the twinkle in his eyes, and the smirk on his face? Yes, even at 17 months old he knows to do this! Typically he yanks off his shoes and socks upon getting into the car. If I can stop him for a few minutes with a Wiggles song on it may take 3-5 additional minutes. Then I hear him fidgeting around in his seat. This is followed by a giggle and sweet little voice pronouncing "sock" and "shoe" as they come flying around the car with a big THUD! 

Mr. Serious

He is beyond stubborn and determined. No matter how I try to stop him his mission is always accomplished. I try not to make a huge deal out of it because that only encourages the situation. Still I am getting quite sick of being greeted with tiny little toes when I get JSL out of the car. Trying to find two socks and shoes launched in a van is tricky at best. 

Cold feet anyone?

I worry about his feet getting so very cold this time of year. My hope is that once we switch to boots he may have a little more of a challenge getting them off. I am sure he will be able to toss those (at my head probably), but I will worry about that later.

So do you have any tricks that may help us out? If you do I would greatly appreciate any suggestions.


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  • Damselfly says:

    Hahaha! When you find out, I hope you’ll share the secret with me. My friend’s son, whom I watch twice a week, does the same thing. I’ve run out of ideas.

  • Susan says:

    Dh might not like it but tights:)

  • Kmelion says:

    heavy weight tights.

  • TechyDad says:

    Super Glue? ;-)

    You didn’t say that we needed to be able to *remove* the shoes!

  • Heather says:

    Oh my son used to do that all the time! It made me so mad!

    Sorry, no suggestions.

    Come to think of it, he still does that once in a while. He’s 4 now.

  • Hehehehe….that’s too cute. And such a little toddler trick too. Mine used to do that too, and if we’re in the truck for longer than 45 minutes he’ll do it some more.

    I’m not sure about tricks. Part of the problem is that the kids can get their feet in their car seat with shoes on and display for better without shoes on and that’s just fun. Boots might help. W.W. loves his boots and doesn’t take them off usually.

    Umm…not sure how to help with this one. We did a lot of please don’t take you shoes off then you can’t go in the store routine. That worked a little.

    Lots of luck. He just knows he’s too cute. ;)

  • Nancy says:

    Duct tape? ;)

    Or tights is probably a good idea. I bought some last year for Zach but we were never outside in the cold long enough to need them. Jon wasn’t thrilled with the idea of him wearing tights but I hated carrying him around and his pants going up. Now that he’s walking his legs aren’t as exposed as then though.

  • heidi says:

    What if you tried something like this (kinda spendy, but you might be able to come up with your own somehow for less)


    Natalie used to do that too–I don’t remember how we got her to stop…..hmmm…..good luck!

  • Sheila says:

    OMG HOW FUNNY! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I say see what happens when it gets cold-cold. Maybe he’ll realize it’s more comfortable to keep then on when it’s really cold? I don’t know, that would be my best guess.
    What a funny post! ha hah a ha

  • VeRonda says:

    Hilarious!… I don’t have children, just pets (and nieces and nephews… for me, they’re very similar. Just jokes.). Anyway, maybe as it gets colder, a snow suit. I always thought they kept the babies warm and were practical… Just a thought.