You know, I think the fundamental difference in parenting your first child and parenting your second child is this.
With your first child, the cool new party trick, the latest development milestone, the next hurdle to lumber over, cannot come fast enough. It’s almost literally, “Hooray, you rolled over. Now when are you going to crawl?”
With your second child, the cool new party tricks come far too quickly.
My head is shouting, “Nooooooooo. Slllooooooowwwww dddooooowwwwnnnnnnnnn,” as my baby climbs up onto the couch all on her own, turns to face me and grins with the self-satisfaction of a Cheshire cat.
But if you’re keen to encourage your child to take on the next hurdle in their development, here are some ideas to help. I’ll just be off to cuddle my rapidly disappearing baby one more time.
For reasons completely unbeknownst to me, at about the same time that my son moved into a proper bed he lost the ability to go to sleep without the light on. We’ve managed to wean him off the bright overhead light and we’re slowly winding down to just a night-light. I really like Skip Hop products, I think they’re cute, they’re durable and their high contrast design really appeals to the kids. I particularly like that the Skip Hop night light has a 30 minute timer switch.
"At about the same time that my son moved into a proper bed he lost the ability to go to sleep without the light on." Image: Bright Star Kids.
We are just about to hit the toddler food acceptance regression with our daughter. All kids go through a phase at about 18 months; they reject foods they once gobbled down. Happily, most every kid will eat yogurt for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and those smarty pants at Yoplait have created yogurts with hidden veggies in them. Muhahahhahaha. TAKE THAT TODDLER. Mummy wins, again.