The toddler years are fantastic. Your baby has transformed into a tottering, toddling bundle of energy. You’ll notice their words becoming more defined and linking together to make coherent instructions. They’ll be rushing, running and probably falling and crashing as they refine their motor skills. And playtime takes on a whole new dimension with fantasy worlds and make-believe friends.
You’ll also have heard the expression “Terrible Twos” (and Terrible threes or fours for most) where your every suggestion will be challenged, demands will have to be met immedately for fear of instant meltdown, and your once “foodie” baby eyes your cottage pie suspiciously for signs of hidden vegetables. But it’s also a time for you to have fun together. And through many day-to-day experiences you'll guide the development of their character, build their confidence, instill some social niceties and help them on their way to making friends.
Dressing up Dressing up is one of the best ways for your toddler to pretend and explore the world through play.
Finding a nanny
Whether you are returning to work or need extra he...
After the series of vaccinations offered to babies...
Encouraging first words
There is no reason why you can’t start encou...
Potty training setbacks
Overcoming problems when leaving behind nappies.
Books and reading
With shop displays groaning with books, the temptation is to home in on the familiar faces we knew as children – Winnie the Pooh, Peter Rabbit, Madeline, Orlando the Marmalade Cat. Such legendary characters rightly endure, but what of more recent and emerging talent? What are today’s classics for the under 5s, how do we spot one, and how do we navigate our way around the oceans of children’s literature and related events?
Dealing with the biting habit
Most babies who are teething will try to bite you or someone else when a bout of pain makes them want to try anything to alleviate the feeling in their mouth. Whether or not this becomes a habit will depend largely on your reaction.