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5 Tips for Avoiding Toddler Meltdowns During the Holidays | Baby & Kids

Friday, December 19, 2014 7:02:24 PM America/Edmonton

baby & kids clothingIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…. Until your toddler has a meltdown at the shopping mall, or the family dinner, or on Christmas morning. These are the moments that leave us all rethinking this whole holiday thing. Meltdowns are a natural part of the holidays due to the later nights, limited napping time and influx of sugar, but there are some things you can do to make sure that your little one stays on the “Nice” list.

  1.  Always be prepared with your toddler survival essentials. This is especially important during this time of the year. Bring your diaper bag or backpack filled to the brim with sippy cups, diapers (or training pants), a change of clothes, the favourite toy and snacks. No matter where you’re headed, having all of the necessities to keep them satisfied is a must.
  2. If your child is shy around crowds, holiday dinners might do them in. The overstimulation and intimidation of being thrust I a crowd of (what they consider to be) strangers can be frightening. Sit down with your toddler beforehand and explain “there will be a lot of people we love at dinner and they love you too! So let’s be very nice and shake their hands.” Aso it doesn’t make the scenario easier by forcing them to give hugs and kisses. Just let them do things in their own time.
  3. Trying to avoid a meltdown on Santa’s lap is a tricky one. The first step is, if at all possible, not to wait in a line for 2 hours. It’s frustrating, hot and boring – adults hate it too. Try to go at a less busy time of day if possible. Also, don’t force them to go by themselves or sit on his lap. Your can go ad stand near Santa and be in the picture too.
  4. If you’re doing some last-minute shopping, remember the cardinal toddler-in-the-mall rules: They must have their busy toys, snacks, water and essentials. A stroller is a good option too – even if they won’t sit in it, it’s great for hauling your loot. Take them when they are well rested and let them stop and look around and take in the music and decorations too. Make it a fun trip! If you sense they’ve had enough but you’re not finished shopping, take them to a bench for a break and a snack or even a short story.
  5. Christmas dinner can be meltdown central so the first step is to not put so much pressure on you toddler to act like a grown-up. There’s no reason to let them skip out completely or be rude at the table, but if they’ve had enough to constitute a full tummy, let them get down from the table and play beside you with a puzzle, colouring book or put on a Christmas show in a nearby room for them. That way you can finish your dinner and they’ll be having fun too.

Wishing you all a meltdown free holiday season!

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Baby’s First Christmas: Tips for a Happy Holiday

Friday, December 14, 2012 7:09:03 PM America/Edmonton

baby santaIn North America, baby’s first Christmas is usually a grand affair. Special ornaments, hand made baby blankets and lots of playing “pass the baby around” are generally in order. By the end of the night, both you and your little one will be exhausted. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it through with only one or two screaming fits. What can you do to make it an enjoyable affair for both you and your baby?

  1. Expect the unexpected. Even if your child has never thrown up or had explosive diarrhea in the past, ever (even if he or she is almost a toddler) be prepared for it to happen at your Christmas soiree. Children, especially older babies, get over stimulated and can easily end up with upset tummies. (Specifically when your uncle spins them like a helicopter after they have eaten.) Pack an extra outfit or two for spills, and bodily fluids.
     
  2. 3, 2, 1… Meltdown! Children are known for their holiday meltdowns and yours will be no exception. With all the activity going full speed around them, they are likely to get worn down and cranky much faster than usual. Chances are you’ve had your baby on the go for a few days before Christmas so he / she will be extra tired. Bring extra pacifiers, bottles and his or her favourite toy hippo – it’s going to be a long night.
     
  3. Be prepared for the Full Monty. Baby’s first Christmas is the ultimate dress-up party: frilly dresses, leggings, Santa sleepers and tiny herringbone pants are likely to be seen. Unfortunately, when you’re in a cramped party with a family’s worth of people, the temperature can start to rise. Don’t be surprised if you’re little elf  needs to strip down to the bare minimum. Stick a Christmas bib around their neck and take some cute pictures – it’s not worth the fight.
     
  4. Don’t overdo it. If it’s your child’s first major holiday, they are under twelve months of age. That means they don’t care at all about opening gifts. Unique baby gifts are much better than big bulky toys: special ornaments and books are much more likely to have meaning in the years to come. 
     
  5. Pack the playpen. Just because your baby doesn’t want to celebrate, that doesn’t mean you have to pack it in at 8pm. Bring your playpen and find a quiet spot to set up when you get there. When your little one finally starts to doze, (or passes out on the floor if they’re a mobile age…) simply take them to the cozy playpen with their favourite baby blanket (you never know, it may work!)

Other tips to remember:

Watch for party hazards: Christmas time is the only time of year that you may see nuts a’ plenty in bowls everywhere around the house. Keep an eye out for sticky fingers and these Christmas hazards:

  • Christmas light cords and plugs
  • Bowls of nuts
  • Lit candles
  • Alcoholic beverages that are easy to grab
  • Already irritated family pets
  • Glass Christmas ornaments

Baby’s first Christmas can actually be fun – just relax and be prepared! Happy holidays!

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