Keeping up with your toddler when he’s running riot might seem like a challenge, but there are lots of things you can do to calm him down
Launching himself from sofa to sofa, racing around the house like it’s an assault course and keeping everyone entertained (ahem) on public transport. Sound familiar?
It’s quite common for toddlers to have endless amounts of energy but keeping up with them can be tiring. Welcome to your calm down and carry on guide.
Getting your lively little angel to stay still long enough to read a story or eat his dinner might not always be easy.
‘If you have a boisterous and loud toddler he’ll need lots of physical activity during their day or they’ll get frustrated,’ says Dr Rebecca Chicot, co-creator of the Essential Baby Care Guides on DVD and App from The Essential Parent Company. ‘Getting him involved in sports from an early age and keeping him active throughout the day will help to use his energy in a positive way.’
Swimming lessons are also a fun way to burn lots of energy or start going for walks in your local park.
Keep him busy
Whether you’re travelling on the bus or doing the weekly shop, keep your toddler focused and engaged to stop him playing up.
If you’re in the supermarket why not ask him to help you find things from your list? You can turn it into a game that will help to stimulate him while you keep an eye on him.
Write a list of things to spot during your bus or train journey and ask him to watch out the window and look for him. Or set him targets such as reading three pages of his book or finishing half of his puzzle.
Swimming lessons are also a fun way to burn lots of energy or start going for walks in your local park
Set a good example
Try to keep calm and not get flustered when your toddler is running riot.
‘Toddlers look to us to regulate their emotions,’ says Rebecca. ‘Try talking slowly and authoritatively – your toddler will subconsciously calm down if he sees you’re composed whereas if you shout, cajole and hyperventilate you’ll both be wound up.’
Praise his good behaviour
When your little one does respond to you and stays calm, it’s important to praise him as he will start to associate this with behaving well.
If you’ve got a busy day planned and you know being in public or mixing with other people might get your child overexcited, try to plan ahead.
‘Before going on car journeys or meeting people try and time things so he’s had a really big play and then lunch,’ says Rebecca. ‘This will ensure he’s at his most calm and digesting his food beforehand.’