Ladybug loves fish, and like a lot of kiddos she loves the movie “Finding Nemo.” She loooooves, Nemo. She has a Nemo blanket, stuffed animal, and other small Nemo things. So, it was only natural of course to buy her a fish of her own.
We’ve owned fish before and know just how easy it is to kill a tank accidentally. We knew we would have to get something with simple upkeep, and decided on a betta fish. Plus cheap, bettas are cheap. We’re trying to save on money right now, so this fish idea was not some expensive whim. Just something to bring joy to Miss Ladybug, and granted that I don’t accidentally kill the fish off, Bumblebee will get to enjoy him too.
We loaded the kiddos up and made a trip to Petsmart. Whenever we go to Petsmart we like to take Emma around to all the animals to let her watch them. She was fascinated by the birds in their display. Um, and then I wanted birds because these finches were cuddling four together in their little nests. So freaking cute. Alas, I returned to the task of finding a fish with James.
Finally get to the betta section and proceed to display different fish to the little lady. We ended up getting the first one we showed her because that is how she rolls, plus he is a stunning blue, green, and red make. Pick out a ten dollar tank (score!) that accentuates his coloring (double score!) and it included a pack of food and water conditioner (triple score!) Not too shabby for only having to spend $15 on a new pet. Plus he’s low maintenance as well.
Daddy suggested a couple of names, and Ladybug happily named our fishy Bubbles. He’s been part of the family for almost a week, and Ladybug loves pulling up a chair to watch as I feed him. She also blows kisses at him throughout the day.
Does your toddler/child have their own pet? How do you involve your child in the care of family pets?