We Explain: How Will Mercury In Retrograde Affect Your Toddler?

You may have heard recently that Mercury is in Retrograde and that is why everything that could possibly go wrong, is going wrong. If you're not really clear on what Mercury Retrograde is, but you just keep hearing it, you're not really alone.

According to TIME, the planet Mercury goes in to retrograde about three or four times a year and lasts for about 3 weeks at a time. "Retrograde motion is when a planet appears, when observed from Earth, to reverse direction," TIME explains. "This happens due to an optical illusion caused by differences in orbit."

You've no doubt seen many friends and acquaintances blaming much of their misfortune and bad luck over the last few weeks on retrograde, but how is it affecting your toddler? You don't have to agree with or even follow astrology to admit that Mercury in Retrograde can be playing some pretty nasty tricks on your little ones.

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Romper spoke to astrologer Diane Horton who suggested that Mercury Retrograde can have a serious impact on communication.

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"For infants and toddlers, I would take an MR to check all the communications around your children — double check doctor's appointments, play group schedules, preschool events, and more. If you have baby monitors or cameras, make sure they have the right batteries, fresh batteries, and are functioning correctly. The other thing I would do for toddlers is make sure all your outlets are properly covered so that a toddler cannot get to them and potentially hurt themselves badly. If nursing mothers are using an electric milk pump, that could go on the fritz during a Mercury Retrograde, too."

After you've double and triple checked all your devices and made sure the house is baby proofed, Horton also suggested that children may feel a psychological impact of Mercury in Retrograde.

"Children might experience times of confusion that they cannot express — frustrations at an above-normal level. This may cause extra crying and needs for comfort. I never advise children's crying, particularly babies' crying, to be any kind of 'manipulation' of the parent."

It seems like Mercury in Retrograde may have a similar effect on toddlers that many adults experience. Thankfully, the period of retrograde should  be over in another couple of weeks, so if your toddler has been acting a little more emotional than before, you may know why, and hopefully things will go back to normal soon enough.

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