When your baby was born they relied completely on you. Once the toddler months start coming around your little bundle suddenly starts having all kinds of opinions (which the answer to every question is "NO!" AND wants to do everything by them self. So fine you want to do it yourself? Go for it!
I know not everything works for everyone and all children are different. But the number one thing with toddlers is Distraction. These are things I do or products I brings in order to avoid meltdowns on both of our ends. :)
1. Food! Always have food with you wherever you go. Maybe even a lollypop or fruit roll up candy just in case of emergency or a Doctors appointment (now that they have caught on to the fact that this place isn't so fun). And make sure they can hold it themselves so they feel in control. In the early toddler stages a SnackTrap was my saving grace. She could hold her own food and not spill it all over the floor. They cost $4.99 each and you can find them at Toys r us and Target has them by the Munchkin brand.
2. Try to go to child friendly places. If you do you won't have to constantly be shushing and saying "don't touch that!". They can just act their age and everyone's happy.
3. Time your outings by your toddlers schedule. I know this is not always possible. And I've definitely been out at the wrong time out of necessity. But if any toddler is tired or hungry just expect a meltdown. You can bring comfort items with you to ease the frustration like a blankie or teddy bear but it's waay easier to just go out before or after meal and naptime.
4. Change your expectations: I finally decided that no matter what a feed my toddler she was going to throw it on the floor. Once I just expected it and didn't care anymore. I also expect all of her hair clips to get lost at school, for her to throw her pacifier on the ground when she sees something exciting, and for her to say no to every outfit I pick out for her. If you really look at the situation, they just enjoy that now they can have some control over things. We just have to set the limits. (and by the way each annoyance is just a phase and they move on to doing other things to test you eventually)
hey and if all else fails buy them a balloon. They love those things...
The purpose of this blog is by no means to give advice to others as if I know it all. I am like all other moms figuring it out day by day while attempting to look like I know what I’m doing. I realized that I would have to get creative and figure out how to get things done. Examples of some of these things we moms unknowingly have to figure out are listed below:
Attempting to look well rested (I heart concealer) Using your mouth, elbows, hips and knees as if they were hands (extra hands should be a product at Babies r us)
Trying to fit everything into a stroller basket that is too small
Trying to not let the stroller tip over when removing your baby (because my diaper bag is always heavier than the baby)
Strategically planning all outings around naptime..or pay the price Finding all the elevators in the world
Making anything into a changing table and trying to make sure nobody is looking ( so far I've used my lap, my car, benches and more that I just don't even want to say)
Cleaning all the grossest bodily fluids off of your hands with dignity
Multitask like it’s an Olympic Sport (I can breastfeed a newborn, while feeding a toddler, doing the laundry and the dishes at the same time and take a sip of Diet Coke every now and then)
Suppressing all negative emotions until naptime
And more. The point is we are all at some moment experiencing similar things. I will try to focus on three main things while blogging (although most of my family has ADHD and I tend to go off on tangents) Divas, Diapers and Dollars.
Divas will focus on us the moms! Finally huh? And yes we still have the right to be divas Diapers will address all things baby and toddler Dollars will focus on saving money and being resourceful as well as product reviews You can search any of these three topics and more to find what you are looking for.
I'm a mom of two girls. One is 2 years and the other 7 months at the moment. Everyone thinks I'm crazy for having them so close together. Sometimes I think I'm crazy for doing it too. But I know after the first few years they will be really close. Having more than one child is Totally different that having only one. I've learned a lot and want to share the experience with humor (and maybe a glass of wine)