Time for quiet!
Tips and tricks to set the mood for quiet time with toddlers.Toddlers can sometimes seem like giant batteries that can go and go, then just as quickly run out of steam! Unfortunately that can mean tears and frustration as they can’t tell you that they need help to relax.
Use the suggestions below when you need to change the mood into a peaceful one.
- Puzzles: Jigsaw puzzles and memory card games are great for focusing the attention of a toddler.
- A warm snack: Yes, the old fashioned warm milk if you have a milk frother try a homemade baby cappuccino (with just a hint of yummy cocoa on top) is lovely.
- Beads and thread: A ball of wool and some buttons or pasta shapes can become a threading game. It encourages concentration and no moving around!
- Books: Reading to and with baby is lovely as your voice (their favourite sound!) becomes rhythmic and relaxed when you read.
- Get cosy: Use lots of soft blankets, cushions, pillows and blankets and teddy bears and make a soft corner. Get down in the soft corner together. Play quietly with the soft toys together or just chat about your day.
- Colour in: Save a special colouring book and set of pencils or crayons exclusively for quiet time play.Make sure they sit while colouring, and spend time complementing their concentration.
- Moisturise: Toddlers love the idea of playing with grown up products, so get them their own bottle of hand cream (lavender scented = calm toddler) and take turns rubbing it into hands, legs and feet.
- Change the mood: Set the scene for quiet time Try calming music, move to a different room, scented candles, turn down the lights indicating it’s quiet time (which is not always the same as bedtime!)