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Moms Speak Out: 8 Embarrassing Toddler Moments

Toilet Training

I had just gotten in line with my daughter to pay for a new potty when I placed it on the floor to get my wallet. I had barely set it down, when I turned to find my daughter sitting on it -- peeing! Mortified, I quickly ran to the restroom carrying a proud toddler and an unpaid potty full of urine. Iolene Hadley Somerville, New Jersey

The Write Way

I had scolded my 3-year-old for drawing on herself with a pen. The next day we were in line at McDonald's when she noticed a man with tattoos all over his arms. She watched him closely for several minutes and then shouted, "Mommy, he wrote all over himself. Is he in trouble?" Thankfully, the nice man had a hearty laugh. Amy Fields Parker City, Indiana

A False Alarm

I was grocery shopping with my son, who was in a carrier on my back. Since I had been walking for quite a while, I decided to take a break and sit against a nearby wall. A few seconds later, the fire alarm went off. My son had accidentally pulled it while I was resting! The entire building was evacuated, and the fire department had to come. I was incredibly embarrassed. Kim Halstead Burke, Virginia

The Bottom Line

My 2-year-old son and I were at the mall walking near a pregnant woman, when he asked me if she had a baby in her stomach. After I said yes, he looked at me in the front and in the back and happily asked, "Where is your baby, Mama? In your butt?" Everyone within earshot had a big laugh. Tahara Ortiz Budd Lake, New Jersey

A Special Delivery

I was paying the pizza delivery man when my 3-year-old son came running up to the door. Smiling widely he said, "Hello. My mom is mean, and she always yells at us." I couldn't get the door closed fast enough! Joni Noethe Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Getting Personal

To keep my toddler busy while I paid for some purchases, I put him on top of the checkout counter and gave him my purse. Unfortunately, he reached in, pulled out a tampon, and handed it to the male cashier. To this day, I don't know who was more embarrassed -- the cashier or I. Michelle Hetter Hellam, Pennsylvania

Close Encounters

We were hiking with our 3-year-old when he told us he had to use the potty. Since there wasn't a bathroom nearby, my husband took him into the woods. Our son quickly caught on to this new concept. The next day I saw him peeing on our neighbor's lawn. Ronna Martin Shepherdsville, Kentucky

A Booby Trap

My weaning toddler often tries to grab my breasts when he's hungry. One day at a restaurant, he grabbed our waitress's chest. I was mortified! Heidi Harper-Berard East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Originally published in American Baby magazine, October 2004.