One of the wonders of the toddler years is literally the wonder that your child possesses when experiencing the world. So many things are still so new and, well . . . wonderful! Now that you and your baby have most of the basics down — feeding, bath time, dressing, and more — you can look for ways to be more creative and adventurous. Outings to a new part of town, exciting new food combinations, or even a fresh stack of books from the library can open up a whole new set of things for you and your child to learn about and do. Along the way, be sure to point out objects and use words to describe what you both see to help your child develop a strong vocabulary as she grows and learns to talk.
You can foster those language skills during your everyday activities too. Talk about every single step as you change a diaper (you are probably in the size 3 or 4 of Brandless Diapers by now), get dressed, sort the laundry, and feed the dog. “Tessa needs some fresh water, let’s fill her bowl!” At bathtime, put some bubbles on your nose and say, “Look! Nose!” Then take some bubbles and put them on your baby’s fingers and toes. Say, “Fingers and toes!” You’re helping her learn the names of body parts as you explore language together. Why not introduce a few math skills while sudsing up with Brandless Tear-Free Baby Shampoo & Wash by counting fingers and toes as well? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5…6, 7, 8, 9, 10 clean fingers!
Your sturdy little super-kid is gaining self-awareness and self-confidence every day too. You can give her confidence an extra boost by helping her use a step stool when asking for things she can’t quite reach. Now she can get things down all by herself! And consider stocking a low drawer, shelf, or basket with items that she can help herself to, such as a few favorite books, stuffed animals, and other toys. When your child chooses something from the collection, she is practicing important decision-making skills. Yes, please!
Oh, and when Fussy McFuss Pants enters the room (you know what I’m talkin’ about), try to take it all in stride. The less you react to your child’s fits and tantrums, the better. A little detective work and problem-solving can change the mood in the room quickly. If you suspect teething pain, try offering a chilled Organic Applesauce Pouch to soothe the pain or an Organic Teething Wafer to nosh on.
If he’s uncomfortable from a dirty diaper and a bit of diaper rash, you’ve got the Brandless diaper supplies to fix that one, for sure! At the first sign of redness (or even before), protect your baby’s bum with the thick, creamy white formula of the Brandless Hypoallergenic Diaper Rash Cream, which is made with coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, and non-nano zinc oxide. And try the super gentle Plant-Based Wipes made without any drying alcohol or other harsh chemicals. At this age group, you will likely be stocking up on Size 3 and 4 diapers, which fit babies ranging from 16 to 37 pounds. Brandless diapers made with plant-based materials offer up to 12 hours of protection, are hypoallergenic, and are free from latex, lotions, fragrances, and chlorine processing.
Tired, frustrated, hungry, or all of the above? Help your hangry honey-bun feel sated, safe, and secure with a comforting meal (has he tried organic brown rice and black beans yet?), some snuggles, and a quiet place to nap. Can’t figure out what he wants? It happens. Just do your best (that is all that any of us can do) and ride out the storm with some self-care treats of your own. How about a nice cup of organic dark chocolate hot cocoa and a handful of maple glazed almonds? There, there. Doesn’t that feel better?