When you’re constantly running after a toddler you might be wondering if it’s possible to maintain a level of control that still makes you feel like the parent. By Thobeka Phanyeko
Whether you’re out and about, playing in the garden, trying to change a nappy or dining with your little one, keeping up with a busy toddler can leave you feeling exhausted. We have a few tips to make sure you’re always a step ahead.
Keeping your little one strapped into her pram will help you get things done quickly – especially if you’re out shopping. She’ll also enjoy being driven around in an enclosed area where there’s lots to see. She may even doze off peacefully, so you can skip the tantrums and tired cries.
If you’re not planning to spend too much time at a restaurant, a high chair is a great way to help your little one channel her energy into mealtime. Child-friendly restaurants usually offer opportunities to draw and colour in while you wait for your food to arrive.
A backpack with a toddler harness
There are times when your little one won’t want to be strapped in, and exploring the world around her is good for her development and curious mind. So, this method allows you to keep your active toddler close and safe in crowds or during family outings.
The tricycle with a handle
Your little one loves to be in control and she thinks she’s invincible, so you can allow her to take the lead as she paddles away while you gently steer her in the right direction. She’ll be so excited to take over the world she won’t even notice you’re right behind her.
A wrist safety harness
You can be happily walking along and chatting to your toddler one second, and she can disappear into a rack of clothing or behind the cashier counter the next. It’s easy for your little one to get lost in a crowd, so it’s a good idea to invest in a wrist safety harness. She’ll still be able to explore within a reasonable distance.
Read her books on safety
Make the most of story time and educate your tot about the dangers of wandering off on her own. Children love stories, so what better way to discuss an important issue while you have her undivided attention and are available to answer all her questions.
Pull-up nappy pants
Nappy pants aren’t just great for potty training, they also make nappy changes a breeze when you don’t have to wrestle with a tot to tie a nappy. This is also quick and convenient when you’re on the go.
Thobeka Phanyeko is mom to Oratile, 4. She is a journalist with a BA in Media studies from the University of Cape Town and has extensive experience as a journalist and content producer which she gained from Reuters, eNCA and Caxton Magazines. She is also a life coach and NLP Practitioner and is passionate about motherhood and women empowerment.