10 Signs Your Toddler Has Had Their Hands On Your Phone

There’s no denying that kids love a phone, especially yours.  You can’t fool them, they’re not interested in any of that plastic tat, they want the real deal.  So you give in, you want to eat your pub dinner in peace and a shiny iPhone is as effective as a dummy was in those early days.  It may even give you time for a second bottle glass of wine.

You weigh it up in your mind, is the drink in peace worth the following:

1.  You will have 53 photos in a row that look like this.


2.  Your favourite app will be deleted and they will rearrange all your others so you spend the next week trying to get them back in order.

3.  Your Facebook status will read GHGHFDGJBGYUIY&*^$^%$%DGH and they will unfriend at least 5 of your friends and telling someone your 3 year old accidentally defriended them is as convincing an excuse as the dog ate my homework.

4.  Your once pristine screen gains scratches at an exponential rate, and it is constantly covered in grubby fingerprints.

5.  They will be better than you at Angry Birds in no time.


6. There will be a tantrum of mammoth proportions when the wi-fi fails in the middle of their favourite Paw Patrol episode, and they really can’t understand why it won’t come back on

7.  Double Tapping Instagram pics becomes a game.  Faster, faster, faster.

8.  You will have to explain every photo on your Instagram feed and then realise that is actually quite hard to do.  “Who’s that?”  “Ermmm, it’s the nephew of someone I have never met at their birthday party” or “What’s that?” “It’s a picture of someone else’s (who I’ve never met) bedside table”

9.  Everytime you open your YouTube app you will be faced with the Disney Collector unwrapping eggs.


10.  They will somehow manage to phone the police who will then come round to your house because the phone has lost signal and they are concerned that there is now no answer from you (True story, although it was reassuring how quickly they arrived I wish it hadn’t been whilst the guests from my neighbours daughters 6th birthday party were leaving!)

Yes, there’s a few downsides to your little darling getting their greasy mits on your phone but it may provide just enough entertainment for you to finish a conversation with your other half (if you want to obvs).

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  1. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    April 27, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    I am laughing so hard at no8. H asks me all the time and I say “Oh it’s just a child, I don’t know them”. Um….. Amazing post lovely xxx
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    • April 27, 2015 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you Sianie. Doesn’t it sound really strange when you try to explain it to a 3 year old? No wonder he looks at me like I’m crazy and demands to watch racing cars xx

  2. April 27, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    I am incredibly lucky that both LP and LM haven’t yet really used my phone. They know it’s mine and don’t touch it, other than to bring it to me if they think I’ve lost it x

  3. Nikki Thomas
    April 28, 2015 / 5:15 am

    Ha ha oh yes, the photos are a definite sign and FB too, my daughter plays on an app called Finger paint and regularly posts her ‘creations’ to FB with nonsense messages. Thank you for making me chuckle this morning.
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    • April 28, 2015 / 5:36 am

      I’d forgotten about that one, my son regularly posts “my” latest score to his Christsmas advent game on my Facebook (and its April). xx

  4. Notmyyearoff
    April 28, 2015 / 5:24 am

    Haha the other day the wifi wouldn’t work and z was about to have a meltdown about Bing Bunny. My work phone rang and he got all happy with “mummy will you tell them my Bing bunny isn’t working?”. Tapping Instagram pics is a massive love here too 🙂
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  5. Beth Twinderelmo
    April 28, 2015 / 6:46 am

    Hahaha this is so true! I have so many identical shots of the floor! And extremely grubby screens and angry birds pro. Every single one is spot on!! x

  6. April 28, 2015 / 7:12 am

    Haha! Fab! My little girl is scarily good at 20 months and only goes to her videos of herself and YouTube!!! It’s very scary as she ignores all my apps xx #thetruthabout
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  7. April 28, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Nodding all the way here Jo! Mine is constantly sticky from grubby little paws. The Instagram thing must be weird for the kids, I get questioned a lot over this by my eldest. Can’t believe the police actually turned up, doh!!! xx
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  8. April 28, 2015 / 8:15 am

    Thankfully my phone is safe, it’s Daddys phone that gets the abuse! My toddler is also quite in to Spotify….we have many plays of the ‘happy’ song everyday! Popping over from #twinklytuesday
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  9. Kate
    April 28, 2015 / 9:00 am

    I love this, it’s so true. I’ve had zillions of photos of the floor , zillions of a fruit shoot and more recently, now they’re older , selfies!! Why they use my phone for this I’ll never know because they have their own iPod/Pad to do things like that on.

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  10. April 28, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Haha, love it. I never let my girls play with my phone, only if we are out somewhere and if they are REALLY bored, it is a last resort! Otherwise, if they have been good then they are allowed to play on the iPad.
    I don’t understand why kids like those egg Youtube videos!

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  11. April 28, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    Lol, love it – so very true! I had about 30 photos yesterday on my phone of my sofa after my 3 year old got hold of it. Thankfully I have yet to explain who everyone is on my Instagram feed but I can see how it would be a challenge! 🙂
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  12. April 28, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    haha sounds familiar!! I get dozens of photos of my sons nostrils, theres literally hundreds of them on the ipad! And if hes playing the CBeebies app, my phone always freezes on the andys dinosaur game – useful!

  13. Brandyn Blaze
    April 28, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Oh my gosh, this cracked me up!! The only one we haven’t had to deal with is the cops coming by! My little one is probably on my phone more than I am!

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  14. April 28, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    My kids don’t get my phone – ever! Evil mummy! 🙂 I have had to explain pics on Instagram or FB before though and it’s definitely as difficult as you describe it! JJ used to use my Kindle Fire all the time but we got him his own Hudl for Christmas – unfortunately our wifi signal is better in the front of the house and he gets really grumpy if the signal fades.. Thanks for linking up = #thetruthabout X
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  15. April 28, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    This is hilarious 🙂 and so true. Sadly I remember the first time my little Monkey got hold of mine and he took his first picture… my first mistake oh aren’t you clever… doh! Then I downloaded the Gruffalo game which was my second mistake! I suppose its reassuring that they turned up and its one to remind him/embarrass him about on his 18th! #TwinklyTuesday xx

  16. April 28, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    haha to angry birds (and the rest if it too). The phone is the ONLY way to get a slight lie in, in the mornings. Except I don’t have angry birds on mine so I have to tell him to use Daddy’s phone for that…*goes back to checking how much hasn’t happened on facebook overnight*…and that folks is how you do it.

  17. tracey bowden
    April 29, 2015 / 8:24 am

    My sister has lost the battle with her 2 year old on the phone issue although on her S5 she can activate the kids only feature shame she knows how to flip back to youtube herself haha. My phone is used to watch the mommie and gracie show by my daughter! Sometimes it’s worth the peace! #sharewithme
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  18. Penny Pincher (Dawn)
    April 29, 2015 / 8:50 am

    My 10 and 11 year old do all this never mind a toddler! Funny post. xx

  19. April 29, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Haha, number 8 is happening more and more frequently now! How do you explain that you have all these photos on your phone!! Mine is constantly smudged and sticky, drives me crazy but at the same time something I can’t face the battle to get it off them. Love that the police came round!! xx #sharewithme
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  20. April 29, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Yes to every single one. Then when Gabe is bored of it he likes to throw it as far as he can and giggles if it smashes. And no he will not be fobbed off by a toy one. #sharewithme
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  21. Louise @ Birds and Lilies
    April 29, 2015 / 11:45 am

    Haha, so true! I regularly have to explain to my daughter who all the people on Instagram are too and that I don’t actually know every single person who has a picture on the internet. She has also very nearly rung the police twice before when she was younger; luckily I cut it off before it actually rang! I also have lots of blurry selfies on my phone! Great post xx #sharewithme
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  22. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    April 29, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Hehe some of these are true for us, and I am sure the rest will be true when Boo gets a little older.
    Boo has managed to make a voice controlled call on my phone – I don’t even know how to do that!?!
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  23. April 29, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    Oh I chuckled at this – so true! What they won’t do to get their hands on that elusive phone….and we ALL give in without fail! Anything for a quiet life 😉
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  24. May 1, 2015 / 8:20 am

    I love this. It is so true. Little Miss H is almost two and I am amazed at how easily she can use my phone and iPad. My phone is always covered in gooey finger prints. And I’ve lost count of the number of people she has called. But they are always those “friends” that you have the number for but never actually want to talk to. Typical! Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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  25. Jenny
    May 3, 2015 / 8:26 am

    This is SOOO true and just made me chuckle so hard. Oh gosh if B got a hold of one of those disney eggs to open it would be game over that’s all he would want to do forever. lol So I have been steering clear of letting them do that on my phone or ipad yet. hahaha Trying to prolong the innocence and keep them away from it as long as I can. lol So funny though!!!! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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  26. May 6, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Haha this did make me chuckle just because it’s all happened to me – apart from the police, think I’ve been lucky on the one. Will happen one day I’m sure #twinklytuesday xx
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