8 Tips To Help Your Toddler Through 3 Big Life Changes

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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!

 

Naturally Yours,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy


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30 thoughts on “8 Tips To Help Your Toddler Through 3 Big Life Changes”

  1. Great tips. When you have warm, stable, and responsive relationships with your toddler, the child feels safe and secure. Regular reading with toddlers also is excellent. It creates a nice time for bonding and stimulates kid’s imagination.

    1. Awesome call out on the importance of reading with kids. Reading is a wonderful jumping-off point for their imagination ad also helps them to discover language and literacy skills.

  2. Being present and communicating with your children (in whatever ways they know how to at the time) is so important. Love the idea of letting them pick things out for a nursery!

  3. These are great tips. When my son was a toddler and I was pregnant with his sister, he didn’t seem to care. Not stressed — he just rolled with it. We did have to do a lot of this when his sister was born with Down syndrome. We bought books to explain that she was different, etc. He has always been very protective of his sister ever since.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. It is important to talk to our kids. They understand everything, they are clever little heads. I will never forget the talk I had with my girl that she is going to get a sister… She kissed my belly with her mouth full of chocolate 😉

  5. It’s easy to forget that toddlers are little people and that we need to communicate with them. These are really great tips and reminders. Thanks for this wonderful article.

  6. When you keep toddlers in the loop that know the next step and can have an expectation of what’s to come ! This is a big factor in taking fear away and building even more trust !

  7. Everything feels so much bigger and sometimes scarier to toddlers. It’s so important to take that into account when their lives are changing. Love this.

  8. These are all excellent tips. I love that you made communication such a huge part of these. People forget that toddlers need communication just like everyone else.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.