Toddlers are so adorable when they're not throwing temper tantrums.
Creating a child-friendly environment at home improves your chances of having a happy toddler. Not an always-happy toddler, of course, that would be impossible. But a mostly happy toddler, with a routine that works for both of you might mean that you can finally enjoy some trashy TV at night instead of sobbing from exhaustion. You'll just need to do a little shopping, rearranging and organizing first.
1Safety first. If you haven't done the whole child-proof thing in all the rooms where your toddler spends time, do it now. An uninjured toddler is much likelier to be happy.
2Make a record. Write down the issues at home that are most likely to make your toddler have a tantrum. Is she mad that she can't open the kitchen cabinets? Is she bored when you make dinner?
3Problem solve. Come up with solutions to your toddler's specific frustrations.
4Rearrange the cabinets. Some toddlers perceive cabinet locks as a challenge and reason for screaming. So instead of using them, why not rearrange your cabinets so that your little explorer can only reach safe items like pots and pans? A less frustrated toddler is a happy toddler.
5Move the furniture. Did your kiddo climb from the couch to the bookcase while you answered the doorbell yesterday and then start to cry when you screamed in fear? Then it's time to rearrange the furniture.
6Make a play area. Whether it's your child's bedroom, an area of the living room or an entire room doesn't matter. What matters is that your toddler has a place to play that is safe, fun and exciting enough to keep her away from the stairs.
7Choose safe toys. Throw away any toys that are broken or damaged. Make sure your toddler's toys are age-appropriate and he only uses battery operated toys when he's supervised.
8Avoid inappropriate toys. Ask older siblings with choking hazard-sized toys to play with them away from your toddler. If she sees them, she's going to want them, and you're going to have an unhappy toddler on your hands.
9Rotate toys. Any toy he hasn't seen for a few days is going to feel brand new to a toddler.
10Create special boxes. Use shoe boxes or plastic tubs filled with toys and board books for your little one to use when she's in her high chair, play yard, car seat and any other time she'd rather be out running around.
- If your toddler is still not as happy as you'd like him to be, consider his routine. It may be that what worked for him a few months ago isn't working for him now.
- Don't forget that you are more important to your toddler's development than her routine, environment or anything else. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of her.
Things You'll Need
- Baby gate
- Door knob covers
- Outlet covers
- Cabinet locks
- Toilet locks
- Toddler toys
- Shoe boxes
- Plastic tubs
- Safe, less frustrating environment.