During times of stress, it isn't unusual for toddlers to regress in their behavior. Although this can be frustrating for you as a parent, it's not that unheard of. Often, during times of high stress, such as a new baby or moving to a new house, toddlers are likely to regress and begin acting like a baby again.
Most of these episodes of regression are only temporary and the toddler will return to their normal behavioral patterns once the stress has subsided. While it's very frustrating when your child chooses to regress, it's important to not become angry or show them your frustration with their behavior. Instead, use these tips to help make the challenge of regression easier on you and your toddler.
As hard as it might be, it's important to remember to be patient with your child. This stage will pass but it may take some time. It's important for you to remain patient for your own sanity and so your child doesn't sense any added stress in the situation. If the child sense more stress, the complication will last longer.
If your child's regressing because of stress, make sure you figure out why they are stressed and reassure those fears. For example, if your child is regressing because of a new baby, make sure your child knows they are still loved and they aren't being replaced. They need to feel secure before the regression will pass.
Roll With It
When your child is going through a period of regression, make sure you simply roll with it. You may need to make adjustments to your routines to make up for your child's regression. During this time they may need to cuddle more or sleep more. It really depends on what your child needs to feel better. Whatever their needs are, it's important to roll with it.
You can't force your toddler out of a regression phase. Simply be patient and it will pass.
Have you had experience with toddler regression? How did you handle it?