Toddler milestones are directly connected with intellectual performance in later life, according to one study. Developmental milestones, such as walking and talking, are the ones most often talked about. But, milestones, such as moving into their own bedroom and becoming a big brother and sister are just as important. So, here’s everything you need to know to help your toddler through these transitions.
Gaining a sibling
Around 30% of sibling births in America have an age gap of 18 months or less. Making your toddler a big brother or sister is a big milestone in their life that they’re unlikely to forget. Make sure you talk about their new sibling for a good few weeks or months before his or her arrival. When your baby arrives, one of the first things you can do is give your toddler a thoughtful gift from the baby. Giving your toddler big brother or sister tasks to do will make them feel special and important too. This could be simple things such as passing you a new diaper during changes or choosing what outfit the baby is going to wear.
Moving into a big bed
Most toddlers between 18 and 24 months have the strength and determination to climb out of their crib. This is a sign that it’s time to move them into a bed. Some toddlers will adjust to their new bed straight away, while others will find it tough. To make sure your child sleeps safe and soundly in their new bed, make it a fun adventure. Give them a little collection of cuddly toys at the end of their bed to play with. You could even introduce a new cuddly toy to mark this big milestone. Your toddler will also like bedding in their favorite colors or covered in their preferred TV character. It’s also worth testing out their big bed at nap times to help them get used to sleeping in a new place.
Studies show that the best age for a child to start daycare is 12 months and above. Daycare is often the first time your toddler will be away from you for a long period of time, so it can be a big adjustment. It’s important to visit the daycare center together first and have a good look around the place, so that your toddler knows what to expect when the big day comes. To help your toddler settle in at daycare start with smaller taster sessions and gradually increase the length of time you leave your child. You can also make things easier by creating a picture routine board. This is usually a set of cards or photos that show your child what to expect throughout the course of their day at daycare.
Toddlers go through a huge amount of milestones. Some are beyond your control, but others, including the ones highlighted above, can be made easier. With a little planning, help, and reassurance, your child will sail through these milestones and will be a happier, healthier child as a result.