18 Month Chores


My 18 month old (OK, actually, he’s almost 2, but he’s been doing this stuff for a while) has started showing signs and eagerness to help out.   When the older kids are doing their chores, he grabs his own wipe and starts cleaning!


Here are some of the things that he usually does:

  • wipes the gate
  • dustbusts the floor
  • throws things in the trash
  • helps me put things in the dryer
  • hands me clothes to put in the washer
  • puts his dirty diapers in the diaper pail
  • dusts
  • put his toys away


When he does a chore, I make sure to make a big deal about it.  I will dance and sing “Yea, for Ayden he’s a big helper” or “Yea for Ayden he’s a super big boy.”

It is so cute, he gets very excited and proud of himself.  He even will dance along with me.  We end it with a high five, knuckles, and a hug!  🙂


What are some chores your little toddlers do?

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About Carolynn

I am a teacher turned stay at home mom to five children. I have a passion for helping parents be better parents and strive to help make life easier for them. Join me on my journey!

4 Responses to 18 Month Chores

  1. S February 27, 2012 at 1:51 PM #

    I’m having trouble figuring out appropriate chores for my 4 and 2 year old. The 2 year old is home with me during the day and will help with laundry and putting away dishes. I consider those the chores, though I could probably do more. However, the 4 year old goes to preschool in the mornings. I’m at a loss as to what to give that child to do. They both help with taking out the trash (it actually causes arguments as to who gets to do it), taking items to the compost pile, and making their beds. Sometimes we do these things together. Do you have any suggestions as to other things I could designate as a chore for them? Oh, and they would both vaccum on their own if I let them. My vaccum cord has the scars to show from when I let them a time or two.

  2. admin February 28, 2012 at 5:56 PM #

    That’s great that they are helping! Doing chores together and having them do chores by themselves is great, it helps kids feel needed and responsible and helps everyone feel like a team.
    Here are some other blog posts that may help you:

    Let me know if you need any more ideas. Thanks for visiting and commenting! 🙂

  3. Jessica April 16, 2012 at 8:40 PM #

    I’m also a believer in letting kids help around the house. My kids were also responsible for pushing in the chairs and putting dirty dishes on the counter at that age.

    I found you from the UBP 12!

    • Carolynn April 19, 2012 at 6:41 PM #


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