Happy first birthday to your little one!
You made it through the first year of parenthood - how is it that time has flown by so quickly?
By this stage in your toddler’s life, they’re probably getting the hang of their ability to crawl or walk, learning the joys of playtime, and discovering different types of food as they move to eating solids.
Here are tips and tricks that may help you with managing your little one!
At one, your child is most probably starting to eat solids (or maybe even has a diet comprising only solids already).
Nutrition is the basis for a child’s physical and also cognitive development. That’s why having proper nutrition is key to ensure that your child gets the best start in life.
We’re also written another article on foods that can help to boost your baby’s brain power.
Forming the habit of maintaining a balanced diet starts from young, and exposing your child to various types of food is a good idea to prevent them from being picky eaters as they grow up.
It’s important to note that how much a child eats is dependent on their size and activity level. So don’t worry if your child is eating less or more than their peers, if in doubt just check in with your pediatrician.
Tip: Being able to sit with the family during meal times will help toddlers feel included and makes mealtime family time. To help your child join in on meals at the table, consider getting them a high chair!
Physical and cognitive development
Toddlers are constantly developing their gross and fine motor skills, and it’s key to take advantage of this developmental period by engaging them in physical activities.
Through playtime, children also learn about concepts like colours and numbers and also develop skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity.
Another way to let your child explore their surroundings is through engaging in sensory play. This builds upon their fine motor skills and also lets them explore their different senses.
Encourage them by reading to them, and using picture books to help toddlers associate words with the images. This builds on their vocabulary and communication skills and also gives you an opportunity to bond with your child. Reading also allows toddlers to explore and learn about the world around them.
To further enhance their cognitive development, phone apps such as KinderPass, Vroom, and BabySparks can help in developing your child’s cognitive and fine motor skills as well. These apps are appropriate for ages 0-3 and some are even free to use!
Check out our article here for more info on these apps!
At a year old, many toddlers should be accustomed to sleeping longer periods through the night, much to your relief! However, a lack of sleep can make them throw tantrums and get cranky.
That’s why setting the basis for a good sleeping environment is key.
Here are some tips to help your baby sleep better. The key to having your baby sleep well is to provide a conducive, quiet and cool environment for your little one. And that includes choosing a crib that’s suitable and safe for your child!
At this age, your toddler will probably be enjoying their new found ability to move around more freely. That’s why it’s important to ensure that your house is baby-proofed.
Take note of the sharp corners of tables. Ensure that cupboards and heavy objects are secured or out of your baby’s reach.
Keep cleaning and laundry products out of reach and be mindful of keeping all electrical sockets switched off when not in use.
A good tip would be going on your hands and knees, like a child to be able to view the surrounding environment from their point of view. While you may feel slightly silly doing this, it’ll enable you to look out for things that you might have missed previously when standing up!
We’d also recommend designating a safe corner for your child to play in while you’re busy doing chores around the house. You can even consider using play mats to make this space safer and more comfortable for your little one!
Visit us at Hatchery Cribs
If you’re looking for more baby and nursery essentials such as high chairs, cribs, or even toys, Hatchery carries a range suitable for toddlers.