Being first-time parents to a toddler can sometimes be a bit daunting. Are there things you wish you had known in advance, before your baby became a toddler?
The other day, I was looking at photographs of my cheeky 2-year-old toddler when he was a newborn. I remember the day he was born as if it was only yesterday.
I remember his spiky hair and tiny, frail limbs. I look at his curls and strong, sturdy limbs now and wonder, "How did that happen?"
I look at him now, grinning cheekily at me, and see how independent he is, how he has a mind and will of his own. And I remember how totally dependent he was on me just 2 years ago.
Where did those 2 years go, I wonder. Is it possible they have whizzed by so fast, encompassing so many changes in my baby, who is now an active, and sometimes challenging, toddler?
Being a parent to a toddler is not always easy.
Many toddlers between the ages of 1-3 years old are experimenting with language, yet without fully developed linguistic skills to competently express their needs, feelings and emotions. And when this happens, the result is often — you guessed it — tantrums and meltdowns.
Add to the tantrums fussiness with food and sleep (and many other things actually!), excessive energy and sometimes uncontrollable emotions... and it's safe to say that toddlers are complex little beings.
Moms, are there things you wished you had already known when it comes to parenting your toddler for the first time?
There are heaps of things I certainly wish I had known before both my boys entered toddlerhood!
As your baby becomes a toddler, you enter a new phase in motherhood that doesn't require waking up every 2 hours to feed your baby, burping, swaddling and tummy-time.
According to Angelyn Seet-Loh, the Director at ParentLink Singapore:
"Toddlers have reached that stage in life when their bodies are starting to get physically stronger and more balanced. There is a lot more involved in trying to walk upright than it is to just lie down and kick around as an infant."
And this is just one of the differences between toddlers and newborns or younger babies.
As you can imagine, looking after a toddler presents parents with a whole new set of challenges, and some might say that this phase in a child's life can be one of the most difficult for parents to cope with.
So for all you wonderful moms and dads of toddlers, this article is all about things you wished you had known when parenting toddlers for the first time.
And parents of infants who are not yet toddlers... for you, this article is all about preparation (and perhaps inspiration) for that stage!
Other than having oodles of patience, find out what else you wish you had know about parenting a toddler, on the next page...