Toddlers are tough. Very cute! Utterly heart-melting when you get a “mama” and a snuggle. But tough. In today’s episode of Best of Both Worlds, Sarah and I commiserate about the challenges of caring for older babies who are mobile but cannot be reasoned with. As I am currently in this phase, this topic is really top of mind right now!
We share our strategies, including the importance of a post-nap activity (even just a stroller walk) and having safe spaces in the house. We’ve currently baby proofed two areas in the basement and the porch has a gate on it too. This allows the supervising adult to relax and not have to hop up every three seconds to chase the toddler. We talk about prioritizing sleep if you’ve got a toddler who wakes early or unpredictably (or both! Raising hand!) And, of course, there’s this secret to life satisfaction: don’t use nap time for chores. Well, at least don’t do chores first. Do something enjoyable for you for the first 45 minutes and then you can fit the chores into the remaining time. Whereas if you start with chores, they might consume the entire nap, and this is a recipe for feeling like life is no fun. And since many normally-fun things are not-so-fun with toddlers (fire pit! picnic on the beach!) that would be no good at all.
Please give the episode a listen, and feel free to share your favorite toddler survival tactic in the comments.