Attending social events is not only important to help maintain a healthy and happy social life but also for enjoying time with your loved ones and being part of their special occasions. Nothing gets more special than a wedding, obviously. Just because you’re toddler may be going through their terrible twos does not mean that you have to miss out on special occasions. It won’t be easy, that’s for sure, but it isn’t that difficult of a task to manage. A little bit of prep and some helpful tips will ensure that you get to spend some quality time with your loved ones with minimal fuss.
- Make sure that you are organised and give yourself plenty of time to get to the church. You don’t want to barge in frazzled with a squirmy toddler on your hands, so make sure you have plenty of time.
- Suss out where the toilets and breakout areas are. Try and ensure that you sit at the end of a pew for a neat and easy getaway in case you feel a major breakdown is on its way.
- Ensure that you have all the necessities to face the ultimate apocalypse. No incident should catch you by surprise. Keep extra clothes, nappies, washcloths and everything else you can think of in a handy place.
- Toddlers are easily distracted if they have something to occupy their hands and attention. You can prepare small, bite-sized, non-messy snacks in order to keep them occupied. Keep a wet tissue or moist cloth handy so that you can easily wipe their hands, you don’t want a stain on your (or other’s) beautiful outfits!
- Snacks, though a wonderful option may be a no-go for you. In that case, you find something else that interests them to occupy their time! Like carrying their favourite picture book, or stickers or some other game to occupy their time.
- If you have friends and family around who want to help you out with a fussy toddler, don’t be embarrassed. Let them work their magic as they have likely dealt with such a situation before and are offering their help out of kindness and not to put you down.
- Some toddlers love attention–let them revel in it. It’s inevitable that they will try to move around and make faces at other guests and try to interact with others at the ceremony. As long as they are not being loud and causing a commotion, don’t try to make them sit still, that will increase your chances of needing to make a quick getaway.
- Relax and enjoy yourself. Let’s not forget the reason why you are there, to be a part of your loved one’s special moments. Try to let go of some worries and take this as an opportunity to wind down and relax, if your toddler sees you warm and happy, the will hopefully take this as their cue to do the same. A stressed out adult will lead to a stressed-out toddler with a foul mood.