Your little baby is growing up and trying to get independent. From holding your hand to walking on their own, from being fed to eating by themselves, so much is changing and there is so much excitement all around them. Toddlers can be more than a handful during this time. There are a few ways in which you can calm down your hyper toddler.
- Keep calm. Have clear and realistic expectations about what you want your child to do. Sit down at the same level as your child and give clear instructions. Keep your voice low. Avoid giving more than one instruction at a time as this confuses the child.
- Use hand gestures. Have fixed hand signals indicating ‘Time Out’ or ‘Stop Now’. If you use the same signals it is easy for the toddler to comprehend what they mean. Every time they see the signal they should know you want them to stop.
- Play constructive games. Toddlers at this age can be occupied constructively. They want to explore. Give them options to choose what they want to play with, like play dough, colouring, paper to tear etc. Let them learn how to amuse themselves.
- Plan an outdoor activity. Toddlers at this age are full of energy which needs to be spent. Take them to a park, let them run, swing on swings, and plant some plants. Playing outdoors tire them out and helps them to sleep better.
- Give a warm bath. Toddlers enjoy playing in water. A long bath with warm water and bubbles can be very soothing for children. Warm water helps the muscles relax.
- Eat well. It is very important to watch what your toddler eats. Don’t force feed or under feed your child. Children who are hungry tend to become irritable and find it difficult to stay calm.
- Read together. Reading stories with expression and in a calm, soothing voice helps children relax. It widens their imagination and helps them wonder. Repeating same stories helps them improve their vocabulary too.
- Listen to calming music. Mostly toddlers enjoy listening to music. Playing soft music in a loop or pattern often makes children feel peaceful. Cuddling up with a soft toy or a pillow during this time also helps.
- Set a routine. Children like routine. Children feel less anxious when they know what is going on around them. Having a daily schedule planned helps the child as well as you to get more organized.
- Consult a doctor. If you feel that your child finds it difficult to comprehend what you want him to do and is unable to express his needs, it is advisable for you to consult a doctor. There could be some other physical or mental distress that the child might be facing.
Always remember a hyperactive toddler is always on a go to explore and discover. So, be prepared and stay in control.