They say that the first year of a baby’s life goes quickly for the parents, and that is most certainly true. Between adjusting to life as a new mum and all the hard work involved in looking after a newborn, the time certainly flies. The second year goes even quicker as they start to walk and talk and become real little people. In the blink of an eye, your baby has become a toddler and now might be a good time to make some changes to your home and routine. Here are some useful suggestions on how to get ready for the next stage of your child’s life, the toddler phase.
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Re-evaluate the safety of your home
When you were baby-proofing your home, you only really had to worry about minor things because your baby was unable to much in the first few months of their life. However, now that they’re walking and talking, there are new things you’ll need to think about to help make sure they’re safe around the home. Making sure cleaning products and anything dangerous that can be mistaken as a toy or food needs to be kept locked away at all times or placed on a high-up shelf, while you’ll need to be extra careful with door and car locks.
Watch your language
By now, your child will have most likely started talking and may have a good range of words in their vocabulary. As they approach their second birthday though, you’ll find that they start picking up new words at a rapid rate – using you as their dictionary. Keep your language clean and don’t swear around attentive ears. Even if your attitude to swearing is quite, a school’s and some other parents’ won’t be, and you should aim to do all you can to stop your child using the wrong kind of four-letter words.
Refresh their bedroom
Now might be the time to consider giving your child’s bedroom a bit of a makeover as they start to develop their own personalities. Now that you know what your child’s interests are and what makes them happy, you can decorate their room with the things that they love such as certain animals or TV characters. Meanwhile, you might want to think about investing in a different bed as they begin to move away from the cot. Triple bunk beds for boys and girls are a great choice as they offer flexibility and additional space, ideal if you’re planning on having another baby. Introduce changes slowly to stop them being too overwhelming for your child.
Watching your baby develop is an exciting time, and there’s a lot of different developments that you can expect after your child turns two. While you may find that you feel sad about the fact that they’re no longer a baby, there are plenty of amazing things to look forward to that will make the toddler years great.
What are you most looking forward to about your little one turning two?