Infant/Toddler Stage (birth-2 years)
Self-soothing can be a challenge for infants and toddlers (and parents, too). To help smooth naptime and bedtime, develop a routine for you and your baby.
- Meet the baby’s needs. Make sure the baby is fed, burped, and freshly diapered.
- Prepare the environment. Make the baby’s surroundings conducive to sleep – a calm, relaxing space.
Infants begin developing gross motor skills by sitting up, scooting, crawling, and eventually walking. With this mobility comes excitement and frustration as parents learn to set limits – and toddlers learn to test them. “Baby-proofing” your home is an important way to let your child explore the environment safely so you can keep the focus on fostering independence and celebrating each new milestone.