Managing your toddler in third trimester of pregnancy

Managing your toddler in third trimester of pregnancy

Managing your toddler in third trimester of pregnancy:

Having an age gap as small as 1 or 2 years between your children has its pros and cons. Pros being that the children fall in the same age group and can comfortably play with one another.

As a result, they become really close to another as they grow and mature into adults. However, the initial years can be challenge when both the children are physically and emotionally dependent on you.

When you reach the third trimester, you may find it difficult to keep up with your toddler’s energy and demands. Therefore, it is extremely important for you to be healthy and in a good state of mind, as this is a very exhausting period. Your toddler will not understand why mommy

is not able to jump and play with her like she used to, and may start throwing tantrums. Don’t worry about it, as it is very natural.

Tips to manage your toddler in pregnancy third trimester

  • Although no amount of preparation can help you deal with a toddler because they are too young to understand, it is always better to talk to your child as much as you can at their level.
  • Keep your child as involved as possible in your pregnancy, as it progresses so that they are aware.
  • If you are tired, then let your toddler know “mommy is tired” and don’t feel guilty about it.
  • Don’t portray a super mom image; it leads to too much expectations for the toddler. Be realistic.
  • As your due date approaches, make arrangements for your toddler to live with the family such as grandparents, uncles, aunts etc. If you are in a joint family, you may not face much of a problem. But if you are a nuclear family, start well in advance.
  • Strive to make your toddler as independent as possible, preferably in the first weeks of pregnancy. Get started with their potty training, start moving them to a toddler bed (that is, if you have been co-sleeping). It may seem a little difficult at times. But when your toddler gets a taste of the scope of mischief that independence provides, they may become more cooperative.
  • Give your toddler an idea of how small a baby is, by visiting any of your friends have had a baby recently. However, it would not be wise to promise your toddler that they will get an immediate playmate. Toddlers have no sense of time and do not know the meaning of waiting.

And remember, what you are doing requires a lot of patience, so cut yourself some slack and give in and take a break when the next tantrum hits without warning, it is absolutely okay!

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