Although your toddler is finding new ways every day to exert her independence, you are still at the centre of her world. Whether you are a working mum, or bringing up other children alongside your toddler, make sure you have a bit of toddler time together. Even if you only see your toddler for two hours when you get home from work till her bedtime, spend those hours playing with her as much as possible. Make sure you have eye contact and get down to her level, play with her and get a glimpse of her world. Chatting on your phone while she plays on her own does not count!
This month your toddler is so busy tearing about, it can be hard to get her to sit still to eat, read a story or have some quiet time. The fact is most toddlers at this age have a very low attention span so getting them to sit still for long stretches of time is hopeless. If she gets restless half way through her meal, try moving the highchair to a different location, possibly where she can see out a window so there is something to occupy her. If she still won’t stay in one place, let her go and give her a healthy snack like a banana in an hour to make up for any food she has missed.
If she won’t sit still for story time, try adding props to the story like finger puppets or using her toys as characters in the story.
This month you might notice that your toddler becomes completely engrossed in the task she is doing and can get pretty annoyed if you stop her half way through when it's time to go out. This is because as well as having next to no discipline at this age, toddlers don't have any concept of time. The best idea is to give your toddler warning that you have to go out. It's no good saying ‘in half an hour we are going to Granny’s’ because again, she has no concept of this. It's better to say, ‘we have to clear up your toys very soon because we are going out, so you can play for a little bit longer and then we must go’. If she still gets upset, suggest that she brings her toys to Granny’s.
Have you brushed up your first aid knowledge? With a boisterous toddler bustling about the house you’ll have already seen your fair share of tumbles and bumps and had to deal with cuts and grazes. Is your first aid kit up to date and stocked with the right equipment for children? Now is a good time to brush up on your knowledge of CPR and what to do if your child chokes. Hopefully you won’t have to use it, but it's peace of mind knowing it's there.