Being a mom of a baby or toddler can be a bit of a guessing game when it comes to figuring out what they want. My twins are 16 months old, and even though they don’t talk much, they definitely try and communicate. Toddlers are learning and growing so much, and some of that is stressful. Sometimes they go through fussier times, and it can be hard to determine what is wrong.
As a mom, it can be a bit overwhelming when you can’t calm your toddler down, especially if she is usually more even-tempered. Whenever my toddlers are upset, I always start by asking myself these 5 questions:
Is she hungry? Everyone gets grumpy when they are hungry. Toddlers have tiny stomachs, so they have to eat more often to stay full. If your toddler is frequently hungry, she may be going through a growth spurt. Try having quick (and filling) snacks on hand like cheese sticks, peanut butter crackers, sliced fruit, cooked veggies and more.
Is she tired? This is another universal problem, but it can be especially noticeable during a growth spurt. If your toddler is acting tired before her usual nap time, she may just need some extra sleep. Sometimes new milestones, like teething or learning a new skill, can cause a toddler not to sleep as well at night, too, so she may just need to catch up on the sleep she is missing if she is having a grumpy day.
Is she teething? Toddlers don’t tend to be as obvious when they are teething, mostly because it’s harder to see when teeth are starting to come in. One of my twins is cutting 4 molars at the same time, and I didn’t notice until she had a few days where she was really upset. If your toddler is acting fussier than normal, do a quick check of her gums to see if there are any new teeth on the horizon.
Is she overwhelmed? New experiences can be a bit overwhelming and toddlers are faced with new experiences nearly every day. Pay attention to your toddler’s cues. If she’s overstimulated or overwhelmed, take some time to snuggle and read a book or have some quiet time.
It’s normal for toddler’s to go through grumpy phases. What is most often to blame for your toddler’s bad mood?