Who needs a television if they have a toddler in the house? With their endless energy and boundless curiosity, they keep everyone around them busy and entertained! They're becoming increasingly mobile and vocal, and they continue to push for their independence.
From Walking to Running
Toddlers are babys who walk more than they crawl. The age that this occurs differs quite vastly among babies. Some babies begin walking by the time they are ten months, while others wait until they are well past the first year mark. Unless you are overly concerned about your child's development, don't worry about when he walks. Of course, if you feel that there is something physically wrong with your child, you should contact your pediatrician and relate your worries and questions to him or her. Once babies begin to walk, they may become one big bruise. Of course, they've probably already had a few bruises along the way, but these will be nothing compared to those they accumulate as they navigate their way around the world on two feet! Short of wrapping your child completely in thick cotton padding, there isn't much you can do to keep your baby completely bruise-free. However, you will need to watch your inquisitive little one continuously.
Behavior and Temperament
Why do people call the toddler years the "terrible twos"? The answer is simple, frustration is very difficult for them to handle. He's not quite a baby, but he's not big either. He wants to do so many things like you or his older siblings, but sometimes he just can't. When he is having a hard time, a meltdown may be around the corner.
With the exception of the teen years, these years can be the most volatile and emotional years your child may experience. You may have heard these years sometimes referred to as the terrible two's and three's. Your child is learning to express her likes and dislikes, and she can do this loudly. She is also developing a mind of her own, and she probably won't be shy about showing it! One minute she may be pushing you away, wanting to do things on her own, and the next minute may find her running straight to your arms for comfort. As long as you continue to provide a steady, loving presence in her life, she will be fine. You are helping her to venture out and learn new things, while at the same time providing a safe haven for her to run to.
Understanding your child's behavior is the first step towards helping her cope. Try not to react negatively to her behavior. One of you needs to remain calm, and it probably isn't going to be her! Learn more about tantrums, biting and discipline.
Games and Toys
Do toddlers ever run out of energy? Sure they do, but you and your child can have lots of fun playing simple games like "Duck, Duck, Goose", "Mother May I", and "Simon Says". He will love singing repetitive songs with you, such as "ABC's" and "Ten Little Indians". Look for opportunities to help him learn about his world. Take him to places, such as parks, grocery stores, and museums, and point out different objects, naming each one. Ask him questions about what he sees. Above all, read to him every day! Be sure and check out our other great ideas! Of course, little kids love all sorts of toys. Find tips for selecting some common favorites:
- Ride-on toys
- Sand toys
- Push or pull toys
- Play sets
- Stuffed animals
Of course, these are just a few, and you'll figure out your child's favorites quite easily. Keep in mind, however, that as she grows, her favorite toys will most likely change! You can also find excellent articles filled with craft ideas and activities.
Traveling With Your Young Child
Are you planning a family vacation any time soon? If so, be sure and read the article on toddler travel for some great ideas on how to make your vacation less stressful and lots more fun. Keep these simple points in mind:
- Take time out for your child to rest or nap during the day.
- Don't try to pack too much into one day.
- Keep snacks and drinks on hand for a quick pick-me-up.
- Pack a few new toys and books to keep your child entertained on planes, trains, or in the car.
Your little angel slept through the night at a few weeks old, so what's going on now? Why does your toddler wake up every night, and how can you break this habit that is exhausting you both? We offer the practical advice you need! As you can see, there's lots to learn about your energetic bundle of joy, and we're here to help.