Written by Gary & Anne Marie Ezzo, Preparation for the Toddler Years is a follow on manual from Baby hood Transitions.
It covers the ages 12-18 months and is a brilliant resource for the whole new world of toddlerhood!
Again, we have used this book regularly in our house as a go to guide for keeping up with the changing needs of our lovely little one.
Preparation for the Toddler Years reiterates and works off the principles of the feed-wake-sleep cycle instilled in the first year of life and helps you to transition your pre-toddler into the new world of full blown toddler hood. Walking, talking, playing, exploring and discovering independence.
The main principle we took from this book was to not 'lose ground' on the principles we had established in the first 12 months. So any good feed, wake, sleep patterns of behaviour were to be managed not lost. This stage of development can see things begin to get a lot harder with the introduction of personality and will power so the encouragement I took from this book was if you don't 'advance' in any areas that's ok! Just make sure you don't go backwards.
WHAT PREP FOR TODDLER YEARS COVERS:
- How to set goals for your family and how to start on the track to achieving those goals.
- Meal times and the changes that will begin to occur over the next few months from the types of food being eaten to the behaviour and management of such as meals, and practicalities of high chair to booster seat transitions etc.
- How to navigate food challenges such as allergies and picky eaters.
- How to navigate naps and night time sleep challenges at this age.
- Ideas and tips for wake time activities for toddlers and how parents can enjoy them too.
- Understanding boundaries as a parent and how to encourage toddlers with correction and training at the appropriate age.
- The book also includes a comprehensive topic pool of FAQ's that the Ezzo's have encountered over their many years experience of working with families of this age group.
WHAT WE LEARNT FROM PREP FOR TODDLER YEARS:
- All of the above was new information for us as the transition fro baby hood to toddler hood really is very foreign!
- I was greatly encouraged that at this age what counted most was to keep in place what we had worked to achieve such as good sleep habits, good eating habits, and happy and active wake times in our day. I struggled greatly with this transition (at about 12 months) as toddler hood just suddenly turned up we had to rethink our daily activities, shuffle our meal times around a bit and work on a new evening routine, but the advice from the Ezzo's continued to provide good practical ideas and inspiration for me so I felt like I could handle these changes a bit better.
- How to proactively encourage positive behaviour and right responses.
You can find Preparation for the Toddler Years at www.gfi.org under their 'courses' tab.
You can also read my previous posts about the other manuals that precede this one in the series here on the Reviews Page or on my Pregnancy & Parenting Page.