Advice on coping with trying toddler behaviour
You’ve got your coats on, heading out the door, and suddenly it seems your tot’s legs have stopped working and she wants to be in the pushchair again.
“Regression back to wanting to be a baby again is an all too familiar scenario,” says Judy. “It’s common if you’ve got a new baby, and your toddler sees a younger sibling being carried and pushed around, as in her eyes the smaller child is getting a lot more of your time than she is.”
Keep the situation light and breezy and turn leaving the house into a game. Ask her to beat you to the front gate so she’s happy to play with you, use her legs and forget she wants the buggy. You could also try talking about what she’ll be doing once she’s walked to your destination, for example saying, ‘When we get to Granny’s house, we’ll play with the dollies together,’ - it will give her something else to focus on.
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