Toddlers by nature require lots of care and attention. There is no such thing as a quick anything with a toddler in the house. You have to plan ahead and for all kinds of scenarios.
Making plans is crucial at all times and the holidays are no exceptions. With Halloween approaching, here are some tips that can help you deal with a cranky toddler and make trick or treat time all smiles.
One of the most important things is a well rested toddler. Making sure that your little one isn’t overly tired is the first step to beating those cranky blues. We all know how a tired child can become very hard to deal with very quickly.
Another important thing to do is to take a step back and try to see how things are through your child’s eyes. For a young toddler, all the sights, sounds, and people of Halloween can become very overwhelming. Try to see things the way your child is seeing them and watch them for clues that they are becoming over stimulated. It is a good idea to be able to take quiet breaks to remove your toddler from the excitement for a few minutes. It gives them an opportunity to take a break from a steady stream of stimulation.
If you take your toddler trick or treating, you will need to make sure that you either bring a stroller, wagon, or are be prepared to do a bit of carrying. Even if your toddler is walking everywhere, it is very unrealistic to assume that they will be able to walk any real amount of distance.
If your toddler becomes fussy, the first thing you should check is the basics. Are they hungry, wet or tired? Sometimes a quick snack or diaper change is all that’s needed to put a smile back on their adorable little faces.
Ultimately, the best step to dealing with a cranky toddler is to make sure that you are not contributing to it. Smile at your little one, sing to them and talk in a calm and soothing voice. Your toddler looks to you for lots of things, if you are stressed, they will feel it and act accordingly. Relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Halloween with your toddler. These moments are priceless and before long they will be grown and you’ll miss this. Yes, even the crankiness.