KEEP THE TROU­BLE OUT

Hacks to make car­ing for a tod­dler easy

Mother & Baby - - CONTENTS - BY DR INDIRA MALLYA

The tod­dod­dler years are very har­row­ing for mums who jug­gle with many re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at home and at work. The in­nu­mer­able power strug­gles with their mer­cu­rial wards, leave them ex­hausted at the end of the day. Here are some child-friendly par­ent­ing tips that will give you some breath­ing time in your daily rou­tine. With prac­tice, you will be able to de­vise some fun hacks of your own by in­clud­ing your tod­dler’s de­vel­op­men­tal needs and at­tributes in mind. These could in­clude his sen­sory and mo­tor abil­i­ties, and lim­ited at­ten­tion span.

MAKE YOUR HOME CHILD-FRIENDLY

Keep out of reach any ob­ject or gad­get that is po­ten­tially un­safe for your child. Dis­able or tape down bolts and self-locks of doors where the child may ac­ci­den­tally lock him­self in. You don’t even need fancy child­proof­ing gadgets. Sim­ply use elec­tri­cal in­sulin tape to cover the elec­tri­cal and power plug points and sock­ets. Des­ig­nate an ac­tiv­ity cor­ner for your tod­dler where he is al­lowed to make a mess and use paints to his heart’s con­tent. Re­mem­ber he loves to feel slimy and gooey things. Keep a punch­ing bag and an old mat­tress around to re­di­rect his frus­tra­tion or phys­i­cal en­ergy.

PLAY­TIME AND MORE

Keep a set of toys in a cloth bag with a few as­sorted play ma­te­ri­als, to be used by the child at short no­tice. He should be able to carry the bag and help you re­plen­ish it from time to time. Al­ter­na­tively, you may hang a cloth rack with pouches to keep the said ma­te­ri­als at a sta­tion­ary place. In­volve your child in a mod­i­fied trea­sure hunt in a small room by hunt­ing for two

to three colour­ful ob­jects and get­ting a prize for com­plet­ing the game. Mean­while, you may sit down for some rest, in the same room. To save your­self time and phys­i­cal en­ergy, wash the smaller play things in a wash­ing ma­chine, en­cased in mesh bags.

HEALTHY WAYS

In­tro­duce new food items in cre­ative and in­no­va­tive ways. For in­stance, in­stead of cooked spinach, try mak­ing green smooth­ies, cha­p­atis or purees. An­other way to in­tro­duce some veg­eta­bles is by shred­ding or grat­ing them and adding them in dosa bat­ter or paratha dough, and so on. Fruits may be frozen and sucked on as ice candy or pop­si­cles. For fun and change, in­volve your child in mak­ing sim­ple recipes such as a lemon­ade or sand­wich with colour­ful and healthy fill­ings. You may cut these into in­ter­est­ing shapes. Chil­dren would love to eat these snacks be­cause they helped pre­pare them. Con­vert a big t-shirt into a smock. and use it over your child‘s reg­u­lar clothes at meal­times. Wash af­ter ev­ery use. Bulk buy veg­eta­bles, fruits, and gro­ceries. or or­der them on­line to save time and en­ergy.

SELF-HELP

To help your tod­dler wear the right shoe on each foot, cut a round colour­ful sticker into half and stick one piece on the in­ner vis­i­ble side of each shoe. Buy just one colour of socks for your tod­dler, so that you don’t waste time ev­ery day look­ing for the right pairs of colours. Use a sys­tem to or­gan­ise your tod­dler’s clothes. For in­stance, hang his pants and cor­re­spond­ing shirt on one hanger. To save time and the bus­tle of rushed morn­ings, or­gan­ise your child’s playschool be­long­ings such as the name tag, bag, and wa­ter bot­tle ev­ery night be­fore go­ing to bed. If parental hacks are cen­tered on adult needs, they may prove to be po­ten­tially un­safe for your tod­dler. Chil­dren may try to ex­per­i­ment with the ma­te­ri­als and may get hurt in the process.

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