Let’s admit it. No matter how cute toddlers are, they do have a bad rap. After all, tots have been given special nicknames like the “terrible twos” for two-year-olds who are known for tantrum fits, or “threenagers” when they reach three and are equipped with a lot of attitudes, like most teens before they outgrow it. They are at that age when everything is a wonder and nearly everything needs to be explored, and, of course, running right after every curious toddler is their mommy!
It’s safe to say that anyone who has cared for another person 24/7 every day for several years would be extremely exhausted, which is exactly what mothers of tots have to do. A mom’s brain is always on alert and she is constantly in a heightened state of awareness, even if her little one is sound asleep. Ask any mom and she’ll tell you that despite the joys, it’s a lot of hard work to parent a toddler. Moms have to rest and get enough sleep to continue mothering without being tired most of the day. Here’s some advice that will help you do that.
Learn About Toddler Development
By understanding more about how toddlers develop, you will know what to expect.
Researching toddler development may help you relax and eliminate some of the worries you might be having about your child’s growth.
Too many worries will never allow you to rest and if you’re always stressed, you can’t sleep. Cognitive, physical, social, and language skills all develop during toddler years.
But for a start, you have to know that each child develops at their own pace.
Your little tot may be advanced in one skill, but is behind in another; there’s nothing wrong with that.
Your pediatrician will monitor the child’s growth and you need to put your trust into them when they tell you your child is well, and rest assured that with early intervention, your child can be helped if they need help.
Don’t Be Supermom
This is the hole that many mothers fall into; it doesn’t matter if she’s a career woman or a stay-at-home mom, many women tend to do everything on their own.
At this point, you have to lower your expectations of yourself because, at the end of the day, you’re only human.
Learn to accept help from the people you trust, whether it’s help with the kid, the meals, or the house chores and errands.
You’re still going to be a supermom, but just a little bit more relaxed one.
Fall Asleep Easier
Being tired doesn’t mean that you fall asleep once your head hits the pillow; in fact, when you’re overtired, you might not be able to sleep well.
Changes happen in the brain when we’re overtired and this can result in a lack of sleep.
Many factors play a role in determining the quality and quantity of sleep you get.
Assuming there is no medical condition disturbing your sleep, there are dozens of products that can help you sleep better and fall asleep quicker.
From the best mattresses and noise-cancellation headphones to the best teas that help promote sleep, it’s worth looking into some of these items.
You will find specialized guides that have already ranked the best items so you don’t have to do the legwork.
Have Some “Me Time”
Even the good things in life, like motherhood, can get your stress level soaring, especially if you have another job, other kids, housework, or other responsibilities.
Having children is a blessing and a sacrifice, but you don’t have to give up everything.
Everyone is entitled to some R&R, and while it’s not that easy to find that time, you have to make it happen and not feel guilty about it.
This alone time is going to relieve some of the stress.
Bump Up Your Energy
Some activities like running, yoga, and swimming energize you.
Certain foods like bananas and sweet potatoes also give you energy.
There are plenty of activities and foods that will give you the energy you need when you feel slow and sluggish.
All moms are in the same boat; they all bear the enormous responsibility of having to be the best parent they can be.
If this thought isn’t tiring by itself, we don’t know what is!
Always know that you’re doing the best you can with the resources you have.
Now, the one thing left for you to do is worry less and relax more.