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.
Overcoming shyness Shyness is completely understandable in a small child. Every new experience takes a lot of processing, and every new person can bring a challenge with them. Most children overcome their shyness after a few minutes or so, but some find it harder to either be parted from you, to share you with another person, or to be friendly towards someone they don’t know or haven’t seen for some time.
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Anyone who tells you their child has never had a tantrum is either telling porkies or has one very unusual child on their hands! Just as with crying in babies, tantrums are a way in which young children communicate. Until they are about three years old, they do not have a very sophisticated sense of right and wrong behaviour and, whilst a toddler will be beginning to piece together what he knows is not really allowed and what is ‘nice behaviour’, he is still looking to you for guidance.
Childproofing your home
Once your baby is on the move, different things around your home will have to change. In the first year, crawling babies should be kept away from anything they can fall off, bump into or reach and put in their mouths. As your toddler becomes ever more active and adventurous, you need to be safety-aware at home and when visiting other places.