Looking after your high-energy toddler has become demanding, as her walking, running, climbing and jumping skills develop fast.
You cannot suppress her natural energy even if you wanted to – this is all part of growing up. Through exploration, she learns about herself and about the world around her.
That is why it is important to guide her enthusiasm, rather than curb it. Channel that energy, do not try to stifle it.
Keep these suggestions in mind:
Allow opportunities for her to be active at home
Walking, balancing and jumping can all be done at home, under your careful supervision.
She will enjoy all these activities much more when you suggest them to her, and then take an interest in her skills and achievements.
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Remember that safety is top priority
Although your energetic toddler thinks she is invincible and wants to run about without a care in the world, you need to keep your home safe for her.
For instance, a locking child-proof gate at the top and bottom of stairs is essential, as are blank plastic covers for electric sockets, locks on windows, and a guard for the cooker so that she cannot pull at hot saucepans.
Provide access to outdoor play equipment
An adventure playground with well-structured climbing frames, balancing logs and obstacle courses made out of smooth wood bound safely together with nuts and bolts is a toddler’s dream.
Not all children are comfortable with large play structures and wide open playground spaces, but her confidence will increase with experience.
Look around organised energetic play activities
There may be ones in your area that are suitable for toddlers. There could be a gymnastic class for this age group, or a swimming group.
Although she is only a young child, she will enjoy time in a play area or in an activity that is supervised by another adult.
End the day with a quiet activity
No matter how energetic your toddler is during the day, help her “wind down” as bedtime approaches.
Have a stock of special books which you only read to her when she is tucked up in bed, so she gets used to calming down before it is time for sleep.
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