The time has come when your little one has become a little person. This period of your life will surely have so much fun in it, but be sure to be truly exhausted. Toddlers are not for the faint of heart, though raising them will be a little bit easier if you follow these few rules we found.
Be sure to take snack everywhere. When you are dealing with a toddler, it is really necessary to have an arsenal of snacks ready. They are handy for distractions, for those times when you are out just a little past lunch time and for keeping toddler busy.
Another thing you should carry everywhere is wipes. Toddlers are almost always sticky or crusty. If you will forget the wipes you can be sure you will find yourself in a shop with a child who looks like you dug him from some kind of dumpster.
There is probably no parent who successfully reasoned with a toddler. Yeah, I am quite sure there is not one. Toddler can be easily devastated, like only because you gave him read bowl instead of blue one and there is no way to put it back together. That is the time when your little one might become a tiny monster because their favorite t-shirt is in the wash. Your kid will expect you to move heaven and earth, and then be furious only because it is impossible, calm explanation will not help you this time.
Naptime is most important
Schedule everything around naptime. To minimize the chances of the aforementioned public meltdowns, your entire life should ideally revolve around your little one's nap. Time to go to the doctor? Make sure it is in the time when your little one is fresh as a daisy. Got to go to the shop? Do it early, before that post lunch sleepiness creeps in.
Do not freak out over toddler’s eating habits. Sometimes your little one will dutifully eat yogurt and grapes and whatever you put in front of them. And there also will be times when they will eat nothing, even the chocolate they love so much. Oh, and if there are some stale cereal bits under the couch cushion, he will probably eat it. After all, why not? Or he will decide to only like beige foods for a very long time. But you should not worry because this is totally normal. Is it weird? For sure. But at the end, it is normal. They will continue to grow and develop despite their ridiculously picky palates and pretty soon tables will turn and you will be astonished by your little bottomless pit.
Routine is a key to everything
Set a routine and then try your best to stick with it. Ever notice how toddlers want to watch the same episode of their favorite show over and over or read the same story until you practically have it memorized? It is only because they like predictability and if toddler feels stable he will be happy for sure. It is very useful to adhere to a daily routine as much as possible.
Get used to company in the bathroom. I hate to break it to you, but someone will be watching you on the toilet and in the shower for the next couple of years at least. As soon as toddlers gain the dexterity required to turn a knob, they see a closed door as merely an obstacle to overcome. Even if you lock it, there will be pudgy fingers creeping underneath. But actually, this is a good thing because if you take your eyes off them long enough, you are risking emerging from the bathroom into a world of spilled flour or scribbled-on walls.
Time actually flies
It will not last forever. Remember now, even though you will notice it in near future that the days are long, but the years are short. It is a quite sad true. It is a fact that toddlerhood is a difficult mountain to climb. Little ones are stubborn and unreasonable as anyone can ever be and at times downright baffling. You will be tired, really really tired and it will seem like you are going to spend an eternity cutting food into tiny bits while your own dinner gets cold and chasing down your little speed demon. But before you will even notice it, they will require less and less assistance and you will find yourself having actual, rational conversations. And then you will notice how tall and gangly your child is getting and you will cry because you actually miss those toddler years.