Almost 2 and so many new habits! help!

Chandra - posted on 05/29/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




My son will be 2 in 3 weeks and I'm noticing so many things changing with him - and not in a good way! lol. From 6 months to 18 months my son slept through the night in his crib pretty much every night. However, for the last 3 - 4 months he's been waking at least 5 nights a week in the middle of the night. He's now in a toddler bed which we switched to because he started climbing out of his crib. Now he gets up crying and comes into our room so we have to bring him back and then sit on his floor until he falls asleep.

In addition to this I've noticed he's super clingy now and rarely likes to walk. He always wants to be picked up now. What's the deal with this and when is it going to end??


Tracy - posted on 05/29/2013




Ugh! The dreaded terrible twos. We just wen through that, my son is 2 1/2 but his started at around 18 months. My guy is still in his crib, he's tried to put his leg over the top but I always tell him that only mommy or daddy can take him out and it seems to have worked for now. I can say that drawing firm lines in the sand about what is and is not acceptable is a must. I try not to go head to head with him too often because toddlers are extremely stubborn, so mostly I use distraction. When he's whining that he wants me to pick him up instead of saying No and letting him pitch a fit, I distract him. Like saying, "Noah! Guess what!" in a really exciting way and waving my arms, "We have gold fish in the pantry, would you like some gold fish!!??" Or maybe if there is a toy nearby direct his attention towards that. Also, my ace in the hole if he is really in a bad mood or driving me crazy is I have a helium tank leftover from his birthday party in the hall closet (you can buy them at walmart for like $20) and a bag of balloons. The promise of a balloon can completely stop a temper tantrum and keep him entertained for a little bit. It's all about finding what works for you, but distractions and promises are the easiest way to survive this phase. But it is still important for him to know that temper tantrums etc are not acceptable behavior. Noah gets a time out if he is really out of control.

(Wow! Didn't realize I had so much to say about that. I think I need to make this a blog post! LOL)

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