It’s hard to believe that kids grow up at the speed of light. But the reality is that they do. And as your baby transitions into toddlerhood, he or she will master some impressive skills. Here’s a summary of the milestones you should appreciate as the baby days draw to an end.
What happens when a baby transitions into the toddler years
Walking the walk
You’ve probably waited for this for what seems forever, but now that your little human can’t seem to sit still for a moment, you probably wish that his mobility hadn’t developed this fast. By the end of the baby stage, your kiddo can’t just be plopped down on a table for a quick nappy change because he can and will escape if given half the chance. The upside of this milestone is that you’ll no longer have to carry your baby everywhere as they’ll start walking on their own, which makes life much easier on mom.
Talking the talk
When your baby transitions into a toddler, he’s not crying just to communicate his needs anymore, he’s actually starting to talk. Although there will still be A LOT of unintelligible jabber going around, you’ll start to realize words like Mommy and Daddy by now. Don’t panic if your baby hasn’t said his first word yet, kids tend to develop at their own pace, and they’ll start talking as soon as they’re ready!
Toddlers love to self-feed, which means that if you try to feed a newly transitioned toddler. You might be in for one hell of a fight. It will really take a lot of the weight off your shoulders, and since the baby (or rather your toddler) is now ready to explore the culinary world, you’ll also be spending much less each month on specialized baby foods.
Sleep & the abandonment of naps
When babies turn into toddler, they sadly say goodbye to their morning naps, and this can happen anywhere between your sweetie’s first birthday and the time she reaches the 18-month mark. Sure the morning nap died a sad death, but it should help promote better sleeping at night, which can be a super welcome relief for parents that have been battling to get a decent amount of shut eye since their babies were born.
Walking, talking, self-feeding and sleep are four of the major milestones which you’ll love to hate when your baby transitions into toddlerhood, but please mom, take it all in, moment by moment, because one day you’ll be watching your teenager transition into an adult, and all these memories will be a distant faded idea!