How to Handle Toddler Transitions
Helping kids say goodbye to their bottle, binky, crib, and more
There’s no doubt about it: when you’re young you have to be flexible, willing to adapt in this constantly changing world. Doing things the same old way each day is for old folks … you know, like 4-year-olds. That’s right. By the time a child turns 4, he’ll have most likely experienced such monumental lifestyle changes as giving up the pacifier he adores and moving from the cozy comfort of his crib to the vast expanse of a big kid bed. Many kids will have left home already and gone off to preschool, while others will graduate from a hulking car seat to a sleek little booster.
As young and innocent as they are, toddlers are masters of adaptation. Can you imagine starting a new job, changing cars, having your bed removed, and doing it all while attempting to quit a calming habit like snacking, drinking coffee, or chewing gum? When you put things in perspective, it’s clear that the sheer number of toddler transitions can be overwhelming for little ones and parents alike. The good news is that kids jump most of the hurdles with relative ease, but it can take a combination of empathy and ingenuity on their parents’ part to complete the metamorphosis from baby to little kid.
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