Positive childhood experiences increase social and emotional development in children, according to one study. One group of children who go through more experiences than most is toddlers. Things such as gaining a sibling and potty training are some of the most challenging moments in their lives. So, what should you do to make them as smooth and enjoyable as possible?
The average child potty trains between the ages of 2 years and 4 years, states Pull-Ups. Most toddlers will show signs they’re ready to use the potty, such as telling you they’re wet, tugging at their diaper, and staying dry for long periods of time. But that doesn’t mean they won’t find the transition from diapers to underpants tricky. You can make this a special moment in your child’s life by buying them a potty and underpants with their favorite TV character on them. Reward charts and stickers are a great way to show your child how proud you are of them. You can then reward him or her with a special treat, such as a new toy or fun day out.
Getting a sibling
Around three-quarters of U.S.-based families have more than one child, according to the Census. The majority have an age gap of fewer than 5 years between siblings. Experts recommend telling a child that they’re going to get a brother or sister during the second trimester. Showing your toddler pictures of babies so they can get used to the idea is recommended. You can also get them involved in your baby planning, such as decorating the nursery, and sorting out the baby’s clothes. If your toddler is still in a crib in the nursery, you’ll need to get a big bed for him or her and put it in his or her new room. This will prevent your child from feeling jealous of the new baby. Spend time helping your child adjust to their new sleeping arrangements by making it comfy with special bedding and cuddly toys. You can also give him or her a big cuddle in bed each night while you read books together written for kids that are due a sibling.
Almost 20% of house movers move for work reasons. Or, maybe you’re moving because you’re giving up renting and buying your own property. Whatever the reason, a new home is a big transition for a toddler. Make it an exciting big adventure by letting your toddler pack their toys in a box. You should also show them lots of photos of your new home. Moving day will be stressful and busy, so hire a removals company that will do the work for you, including setting up the furniture at your new place. Make it a day to remember by taking your little one to the park in the morning and giving treats during the day, such as extra screen time, a new book, or a disposable camera so they can take lots of photos of their new home.
The toddler years are full of lots of big changes. Follow these tips and you and your toddler will sail through these transitions.