KEEP THE TROUBLE OUT
Hacks to make caring for a toddler easy
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.
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.
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.