Children survive in a well-ordered and secure environment where all caregivers consistently deal with daily routines like arrivals and departures, mealtimes, nap times, and toileting.
Regular routines provide children with opportunities to learn more about themselves, the world, and other individuals. Daily exercises also offer children a sense of stability from their teachers and a feeling of warmth and care.
The challenge is to create suitable daily routines for children that give them a sense of stability and protection, but remain versatile and sensitive to each child’s individual needs. Here are the things every parent should know about a child’s life transition and how you can help them adjust.
Why are Transitions Essential?
While that can look like an easy way to look at parenting demands, you usually find that each age has its own challenges when looking at parenting more objectively.
Many of these challenging periods are about changes, such as when your baby is weaning from the breast, switching from a crib to a bed, giving up his naps, beginning kindergarten, etc.
Think about how transitions affect you to understand how changes affect children. Imagine what it would feel like when you are not ready to be told to avoid doing something; when it is someone else’s idea and not yours.
It can be overwhelming to think about how it feels to make many changes in your day! You are more able to make developmentally acceptable choices when you understand what you are asking of them. It can make parenting a little simpler to think about and predict childhood changes.
Common Transition Stages
Other specific changes in childhood that parents should or may ultimately be familiar with include the following.
- Moving your baby from a bassinet to a crib (around 3 months old)
- Teething and first baby tooth intake (between 3 and 15 months)
- Overnight sleep (around 4 to 5 months)
- Initiation of baby food (about 4 to 6 months)
- Starting finger and table foods (approximately 8 to 9 months)
- Weaning with whole milk from baby formula (12 months)
- The switch from a bottle to a sippy cup (about 12 to 15 months)
- Shifting from two naps (a nap in the morning and afternoon) to one down in the afternoon (12 to 18 months)
The Separation Anxiety
For children, the way to treat every day routines is particularly significant to avoid separation anxiety. It is best to convey to the child that they can trust us through feeding and diapering activities and that we can be counted on to nourish and care for them.
Child psychologists believe that the faith and relationships that form during the first two years of life will decide their emotional future. This unique bond of trust is called “attachment.” Here are some tips that help kids build this attachment bond.
- Practice listening to what the baby tells you and paying attention — be alert to his signs.
- Pay attention to verbal signs and body language of your own.
- Talk to the girl, even though she may not be talking yet.
- Don’t hurry through everyday assignments.
- Establish routines focused on the needs of each individual infant.
- Hold babies to develop loving relationships with them during bottle-feeding.
Tips about Napping
It can be challenging to switch from two naps to one and then finally give up a nap altogether. Kids can be exhausted, extra sensitive, and irritable for a few weeks or months until they get used to their new sleep schedule, particularly in the late afternoon and night time.
Ensure your children get enough sleep from their naps, even daytime sleep, and don’t give up their naps until they have to. Bear in mind that most 2 and 3-year-olds won’t be taking a nap if you give them a preference.
When you put him down for the nap, you may have to change the time, be more consistent with your daytime routine, or simply have some quiet time in the afternoon if you still can’t get your toddler or kindergarten child to take a nap and you think he needs one.
Tips about Eating
When the child’s diet changes from that of an infant to a child and then to a diet that resembles the rest of the family, ideally a healthier diet, many parents often experience difficulties.
It will make feeding your baby much more comfortable, particularly for new parents, to revisit the ‘standard times’ when infants start baby food, finger food, and table food.
Tips about Toileting
Going to the toilet is a required social skill established by most kids sometime around their second year. The toilet learning process takes time, comprehension, and patience.
The most significant rule is not to make kids hurry to use the bathroom. Connection with families, as in all areas of child care, is essential.
Talking with families about their thoughts and values is the first step in the toilet learning process. The smoother toilet learning would be for the kid, the more we will work in partnership with families.
When children feel well cared for and nurtured, transitions work well for kids. When they trust their parents and know they are non-judgmental, children are also less nervous. React with reassurance, gentleness, and compassion to the needs of children.