Your baby is growing. The baby’s diet, daily routine and behavior are changing. The child becomes more independent and more curious. Now your baby is interested in everything that is unreachable and in what parents try to hide or put away. Every day a child discovers new skills. From an observer your baby grows into an active participant of games, conversations and activities. Here are some tips that may help you in parenting your toddler .
How to wean your toddler
The first step is to make sure that your child is ready. The signs of readiness for weaning are the following: the baby can fall asleep without breastfeeding, or the baby can be easily distracted from breastfeeding by means of such activities as reading books, telling stories, watching a cartoon. Then you can gradually begin to wean your baby.
At first, you should eliminate evening feeding (before the night sleep), then day feeding (before daily bedtime), and at last night one. It is not allowed to stop breastfeeding your child in one day, unless absolutely necessary. The quick weaning has a very bad impact on child's psychology and on the condition of mother's lacteal glands. However, it is acceptable in the following cases: if the mother is seriously ill and prescribed medicine can harm a child; or if the mother is in such critical condition that it is physiologically impossible or dangerous.
The process of weaning: gradually reduce the time of sucking up to 1-2 minutes and then completely eliminate feeding. Breast sucking is more a symbol of comfort and security than food for a child who eats full meal. Hug your baby tight before going to bed, tell about your love. Let your child feel safe and loved.
Regarding the time of weaning, it is a very individual process. Scientists have found out empirically that an optimal period is on average from 2 to 2.5 years.
Potty training tips
The process of potty training of your toddler takes time, so be patient. The older the child is, the easier it is to explain and demonstrate.
1. Children should understand their actions. It would be better to undress a baby and let your child see what is happening to him\her. It will be a big surprise for a child that has been wearing diapers all the time before. Your baby would gladly tell you that he\she has done "pee-pee" or "poo-poo", though as post factum yet.
2. A child should be physiologically ready to potty training. Moms very often say that their children under one year of age go potty. In fact, this is unconscious potty training, in other words the mother notices the interval of time when the baby defecates, and helps her baby to go potty around the time. But this is not an independent decision of the child. Only over one and closer to two years old a child begins to control physiological functions. Therefore, potty training is the easiest for your toddler at this age.
3. Do not punish your toddler for "wet pants". In no case should you scold a child because he\she has done everything in pants instead of going potty. Just gently draw baby’s attention to the potty. Remind your child that this must be done in a potty. You can say that the potty is very sad when nobody makes "pee-pee" or "poo-poo". If you will constantly scold the child because he\she does not go potty, then the baby may feel aversion to the potty and even aversion to the process of going potty. As a result, there is constipation, no desire to make "pee-pee" and incorrect functioning of the bladder.
4. "Accidents". In the process of your potty training and even after your baby masters the case, there will always be "accidents". The child can play for too long or be very keen on something, and just won't pay attention to the discomfort before urinating. So be prepared. It is desirable to remove carpets, lay upholstered furniture with disposable under pads in places where the child often sits. If you go for a walk with your baby, you should take a extra pants.
5. Be patient! Read tips on parenting children from 1 to 3 years old Part 2 . How to cope with your child's tantrums. Aggressive behavior of your child. How to wean from the pacifier.