Staying at Home with a Toddler
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Staying at home with a toddler all day is full of challenges! It’s much different than staying at home with a baby but every bit as exhausting. Learn my tried and true tips for staying at home with a toddler, and leave me yours in the comments!
Have a Plan
Figuring out a stay-at-home mom schedule that works for you can be really frustrating. Each day your toddler gives you new challenges and headaches! But having a basic routine or schedule is great for both your sanity and your tot’s as she gets older. Knowing what to expect next can help both of you keep it together.
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Switch It Up
One of the most difficult parts of staying at home with a toddler is being stuck in the house all day. Get outside, to a friend’s house, even to the grocery store whenever you can! Or load your kid up in the stroller and walk on a nice nature trail. Switch up your surroundings a bit and get refreshed!
Prioritize the Basics
The basics are healing (if you’re not feeling well), rest, nourishing food, and basic hygiene. Those things take precedence for both your toddler and YOU!
Know Your Toddler
By now you probably know what sets your toddler off. Late nap time? Can’t find the paci? Seeing that scary tube guy in front of the used car dealership? Whatever it is, do your best to avoid these meltdowns. Now that your toddler is starting to understand most of what you tell him, if the situation is unavoidable, have a quick pep talk so he knows what’s coming. If you haven’t figured out quite what makes your tot tick, keep a journal (or a note on your phone) of your toddler’s meltdowns. Include time, location, and what you just did (leave the store, go to Grandma’s house). You may see some patterns soon!
Save New Toys & Activities
Save a very special toy or activity for when you really need to get something done! I loved setting Emma up in her high chair with some Color Wonder markers and paper – they’re completely mess-free and great for little tots who haven’t quite figured out where the paper ends and the table begins!
Yes, your husband might think you’ve gone crazy, but talking to your toddler often will help build their language skills more than anything else! Here’s a great resource if you need some ideas about how to talk with your tot more. Toddlers love to hear you talk and explain what you’re doing. Just wait til they learn to ask ‘why’! So strike up a conversation – your little one is soaking up more than you expect.
Watching our little ones learn and grow so much every day at this stage is so rewarding. But staying at home with a toddler is no joke! What are your best tried-and-true tips for those hard days? Tell me in the comments!
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