I’m a little inclined to being a worrier.
(My father-in-law likes to say, “You have no idea how many bad things I’ve warded off just by worrying about them!” and I sometimes feel the same way).
But sometimes, things I worried about a lot turn out to not be that big of a deal.
Here are four milestones for my toddler that weren’t worth the worry I gave them!
Ditching the Pacifier
My older daughter LOVED her paci and had no interest in giving it up, well after she turned three. Finally, when she was nearly three and a half, we gave her a week’s warning that we were going to snip off the end. That night, she asked to cut it off, slept with it in her hand that night, and the next day asked if she could throw it away. After all the worry I’d given it, getting rid of it was no big deal! I’m not stressing about it at all with my second child (who also LOVES her paci).
Breaking the Swaddle
Both of my girls loved to be swaddled, and I clearly remember lying awake in bed worrying that we’d never be able to get rid of it (I know – what a waste of sleeping time!). Of course, both of them eventually grew out of it with no help from me and sleep just fine now without their arms glued to their sides!
One of my dearest friends told me that she felt potty training was by far the worst part of parenting (and this was even before I had kids of my own!). But it turned out to be fine. I waited until both my daughter and I were ready, and it took a few days with minimal accidents.
Transitioning from a crib to a bed
My daughter slept so well in a crib, that I worried our good nights of sleep would be over if she could get out of bed. But, like everything else, she got used to it and we all quickly returned to our regular sleeping routine! How many college students do you know who still sleep in a crib?