Is your baby an almost toddler?
The transition from baby to toddler is a big one! Changes in eating habits and personality and a new found freedom with walking are just some of the things that play a part in transitioning to toddler age.
5 Tips For Transitioning To Toddler Age
My toddler, Juliana, is 15 months. It has been a huge transition in our lives and we are still learning ways to help her be a happy and active toddler every day.
Here are some tips that will help make that toddler transition a little bit smoother for your baby.
1. Freedom To Explore
Toddler’s are learning so much about the world around them. Learning to walk opens up a whole new world of things to explore.
A trip to a grassy park or a toddler proof area at home is great for letting your toddler have more freedom to learn and grow. This way your toddler can explore freely without mom having to worry too much about them getting into something they shouldn’t.
2. Having a Routine
Routines are so important for baby’s. Sometimes that toddler transition makes it hard for moms to stick to a routine, but it can be done. Listen to your baby and adjust as needed.
Once you fall into your daily routine it will help your toddler know what to expect for the day.
3. Plenty Of Encouragement
So many of new skills are learned during toddlerhood. Your little one needs all the support and encouragement they can get as they learn more about their new found mobility, the huge world around them, and how to communicate their needs.
Giving lots of love, encouragement, and positive reinforcement will help your toddler feel more confident about the new skills they learn and things they discover.
4. Exposure to New Things
One of the funnest things about being a toddler mom is seeing how Juliana reacts to new things. We love exposing her to new snacks, music, and places.
We’ve learned that she really loves music and loves dancing too. Since she has learned to walk she has really taken off dancing and busts a toddler move whenever a song comes on that she likes.
5. Nutritious Snacks and Drinks
If your toddler is like mine they have likely started exploring a variety of new foods and venturing into new drinks besides formula and breast milk.
Our Juliana LOVES food and will eat anything I put in front of her. When she was a baby I breastfed and supplemented with formula. Now, she is exclusively breastfed, but is in that transition stage where we have been trying new things.
We have loved trying the new Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink. It’s great because it has iron and DHA. Plus it is non-GMO so you can feel safe giving it to your toddler. This is just one thing that will help our transition to toddler age a little bit easier.
A Gerber Giveaway
Gerber is giving away a fun Welcome to Toddlerhood kit to one of my readers. So, you can experience Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink and some extra goodies from Gerber!
All you have to do to enter is visit Gerber Here to find out more and let me know in the comments below what your tips and tricks are for helping your toddler with their transition to toddlerhood. Be sure to leave a good contact email when commenting.
This giveaway is open to 18+ residents of the US. A winner will be chosen on 6/27 and announced here the following day!
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How are you helping your toddler with their transition to toddlerhood? Have you tried Stage 3 Gerber® Good Start® Grow Toddler Drink? If so, what do you love about it?
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My best tip is to be patient and never compare your child to a sibling or another child. Each child progresses at their own pace. This also helps to inspire self confidence in themselves.
Hi Laurie! What a great tip, it’s so important to love our children equally and unconditionally. Thanks for stopping by. :)
my tips and tricks are to be patient and remember that everyone advances in their own time. they will let you know when it’s time to advance in the stages.
Hi Susan! Having patience as a mother is so important. You are so right, babies do have a way of letting you know when they are ready for new things. :)
I’m big on having a routine.
Hi Erica! Routines are the best. :)
The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
My tip is to take cues from your baby, and don’t force “expected” goals on them. Potty training will happen, the question is who will be trained? Will your baby actually be able to know when they have to go or will you be trained to put them on the potty every day at certain times? When they are ready, it is fairly easy to train them.
Hi Danielle, I agree with you about taking your time with the potty training. Much less stressful on toddler and mommy. Thanks for stopping by. :)
I like to keep things interesting so they don’t get bored.
I’ve learned to give my toddler choices – like two options for snack- so they feel in control and this results in less tantrums.
I am actually just entering this phase right now and it has been interesting . Lots of tantrums so far. The one thing that has worked is taking her to new places as she gets bored pretty easily.
I would have to say having a routine has been the biggest help for us during the transition.
Hi Chelsea! I agree, routine is very important in our house too. We try to stick to the same bed, nap, and story times. It really does help a ton. :)
I helped my kids through by having routines. It is important for growing children.
I love routines too and hate it when we have to break our routine. It throws all of us off. Thanks for stopping by Christa. :)
Definitely having a set schedule and trying not to change that schedule. Also spending a lot of quality time together!
Avoid using baby talk, and talk to them/read to them as much as possible to promote language
Hi Grant! Thanks for sharing your tips. I think reading is important all the time too. ;)
I remember those days! My kids needed a lot of space and freedom to explore when they became toddlers, but I always enjoyed that stage more than infancy. Your baby girl is so adorable! Glad we are co-hosting #FamilyJoy together. :)
Thank you Marisa! It is so much easier having a toddler than an infant. They are a little bit more independant. Happy we are co-hosting too! :)
Thank you for sharing. I have my kids raised but this is something for my daughters to read.