Nothing is quite as exciting as becoming a parent. I know that all too well now being the parent of a young adult, how did that happen? But enough about me, I wanted to talk about those early days. The excitement of getting that positive pregnancy test, the enjoyment (for some) of pregnancy and then giving birth to a little baby boy, or girl, or both if you end up having multiples. The journey you are embarking on is one filled with emotion, happiness and a lot less sleep. Those newborn and baby days are something else, and no one can really prepare you for it? Sure you may get some advice such as remembering to get as much rest as possible and to enjoy every minute, but those days can whizz by so fast.
But once you have gotten through the fog of those newborn days and you have come to terms with being a mother to a baby, it’s time to consider the next phase of their lives. When a baby turns into a toddler, some things do change. You may have thought those baby days were tough but toddlerhood is a whole new ball game altogether. A new journey, an exciting one, but one with more challenges to overcome. Of course, there are also many milestones to look forward to, but there are also some things to consider and decisions to make. With that in mind, I thought I would share with you some of the things you should be thinking about.
Babyhood To Full On Toddler Mayhem: What You Need To Consider
Taking Care Of Those Little Teeth
Babies tend to start developing teeth from as young as six months. They grow over a period of time. This is where you try and get them booked into the dentist once a few have made their appearance. But it’s also the time you start to brush them regularly and introduce this routine to your child. While they are young babies, it’s easier to keep them clean. But as they get more independent they can sometimes gain a dislike to this. We all know that children have a real dislike to cleaning their teeth, having a teenager only cements that fact. But don’t be discouraged, try and continually encourage them to learn how to do it. It’s also vital you keep up with regular check with your dentist. It might be worth trying to lead by example with this, and just making it a more positive experience.
Mobility And Getting Out And About Might Be A Little Harder
When your little one was a baby, you probably had no issue getting out of the door on time. Once they were ready, and perhaps in their bouncer chair, you just had to think about yourself. After all, there really wasn’t anywhere they could go? But as they get older, perhaps start stumbling around a bit, be that through crawling or first steps, then getting out the door is much harder. You find yourself rushing around, and forgetting things. But it isn’t just about leaving the house either, they no longer want to be in a carry cot and you need to think about a stroller. This s for ease of getting around as well as keeping your little ones occupied while out. Whether you choose a different stroller, upgrader you travel system or need to think about the ZOE Triple or a double buggy could be the option you need to think about next. The best advice is to prepare as much as you can, from packing up the bag the day before or a few hours before you need to leave, to leaving everything by the door so you don’t forget anything.
Once they enter the toddler years, those lovely “mama” and “dada” sounds become full words. This is when the excitement can kick in. There is nothing quite like the sound of your little one’s voice, telling you something they feel passionate about. Words become sentences, and then those sentences get strung together. It’s best to keep encouraging this communication and educate your child on new words as often as you can. It will help with their communication skills when they start school. It might also be a good idea to start trying to practice holding a pen and also writing things down on paper. Even if it is squiggles on a piece of paper this can really help refine their fine motor skills.
Keeping An Enthusiasm Towards Food
During the toddler years is when most children develop an element of fussy eating. This can be hard for any parent to handle. Especially if they have been so good during the weaning stages. It can be so disheartening to have your little one refuse something that you have lovingly made, and you also know it is good for them. It can be tempting to give into the fussy eating as well, and go back to the same old things they enjoy regularly. However, try and remain upbeat and positive during meal times. A great tip would be to eat together. This also helps you lead by example. You may also want to think about trying to develop and enhance their favourite meals to include more good stuff. A tomato sauce, for example, could include a whole host of vegetables and good stuff if you blend it up together. There are plenty of recipes online to help you do this.
Discipline And Toddler Tantrums
Finally, the toddler years tend to mean naughty behaviour from your child, and this can be the most frustrating part of this period of their lives. This might be tantrums or not listening to instruction. This is when you need to consider the technique you want to use to discipline your child. It’s important to teach them what is right and wrong. Many parents consider things like the naughty step or time out. However, it’s always best to research different ideas to find the best one for you.
I hope this has given you an insight into the next stage of your child’s life.
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