Childcare woe: Stay or go?
They outgrow sleepers, soothers and so many pairs of shoes. But toddlers can also outgrow a style of child care, even if it was perfect for them when they were babies.
After all, at this age children need a different kind of attention. Looking after a six-month-old is all about loving care and security. But to be a 20-month-old's caregiver, you've got to have creativity and lots of energy. And by age one-and-a-half or two, parents who have had a one-on-one care arrangement might also feel that their toddler is ready for a group program, where he'll have more contact with other kids and access to a wider range of toys and activities.
First of all, be sure that it's really the right time for a change. Attachments are strong at this age, so if he's happy where he is, it might not be worth changing just because it's not quite perfect.
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Creature of comfort
It could be twirling a strand of her hair, sucking on a soother or hanging onto a blanket. Or maybe it's a stuffed puppy, small truck or piece of clothing that your toddler takes everywhere. Whatever his personal favourite, if you have a child this age, you probably know something about comfort habits and objects.
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Every age is a stage
It's true, many of the challenges you’re facing with your toddler are only stages. Just when you think you can't get through another day of high-pitched screeching, refusal to sit down in the tub, or those late night snack attacks — poof — the troublesome behaviour disappears. That doesn't mean it's easy to deal with while it lasts, but it does help to realize young children change rapidly, and many of those quintessential toddler habits are short lived, if not sweet.
Nobody has to tell you how busy and tiring life with a toddler can be. Wouldn't it be great if you could somehow lighten the load? If a maid and personal assistant aren’t in the budget, don’t despair. The good news is there are ways to save five minutes here, 10 minutes there — and that can add up to more time for fun with your family.