Toddler life changes are real!
Your toddler may be getting a new sibling.
Perhaps your toddler is ready to move to a big bed (or you are ready for them too).
Your family is moving!
These are all big life changes and today’s guest blogger, Amanda, is here to share some advice!
My name is Amanda and my blog is for moms that need motivation. Moms that can relate to both the struggles and success of mom life. I’m a stay-at-home mom with two beautiful daughters!
How do you work your toddler through BIG CHANGE?
I’m talking your family is moving, crib to toddler bed, or a baby sibling coming in the mix !! Yikes!
All I can say is help!
Well, my daughter who is now three went through all three big changes at two years old!
I didn’t know what to do. My mind was racing, how would I get my daughter through all of this?
I found myself googling everything about toddlers. Tips, advice… anything to help.
We have a unique situation. I feel that I can be a better help.
We actually conquered all of these changes without any help. I’m not saying it was ideal but we got through it.
I want to help anyone else I can about to approach any toddler change big or small.
So let’s get to it.
Now I have a two-year-old daughter about to be a big sister!
Check out these tips!
Talk to her about it, explain baby in the belly. Baby is growing inside and she is your sister or brother.
get the I’m a big sister/brother book! We read this book every day!
the day your baby is born, have a gift from the baby to your daughter or son.
ask your toddler, what present can we give the baby?
have your toddler pick out baby items and involved in nursery prep!
I always ask my daughter any questions about your baby sister/brother that is coming? How are you feeling about it? We have a feeling chart that she can use to point out her feelings.
the big one was I talked excitedly about what we can do with the baby! Tickle her, help get diapers, throw-away diapers, bath time fun, etc.
Really, anything to get your toddler involved!
With all of these, my 3-year-old and 10-months-old are the best of friends!
After settling in with her new sister we decided to move! Pretty close after she was born. I applied the same techniques.
talk about it
explained mommy and daddy are here for every step of the way.
new house equals new adventures and new friends!
explained a new playroom!
explained we are saying goodbye to this house and hello to a new one! For a healthy closure
explained when we move to the new house you will be in a big girl bed!
Now as you see I did rip the band-aid off with the toddler bed. I chose not to give an option anymore and my daughter responded well! We moved in and we did sleep with her on the floor beside her bed, with her in her toddler bed for two weeks After two weeks we explained mommy and dad are going to do something new. Read books, sing two songs, kiss goodnight, and offer a reminder that mommy and daddy are just down the hall. Let your little one know that when they wake up in the morning they can come to your room!
What I did for my toddler was:
established a bedtime routine, a new one for the toddler bed
guided her to what she should do when waking up all by herself in her new room
We had one night of quietly redirecting her room no speaking laying her back in the bed goodnight love you Repeated process and now the bedtime routine is flawless!
I hope this gave some insight!
What I learned is toddlers are adaptable!
Eventually, if you are consistent, everything can be a healthy change and a new routine for you and your little one!
We would love to hear your tips too.
How do you help your toddler through a big change?
Thanks for reading this fun guest post from our Toddler Mama!