Your child is no longer a baby. They are now active, curious creatures busy learning about themselves and their world. Toddlers are little scientists testing and exploring everything. They are sure to keep you on your toes. Safety becomes more important than ever during this stage. Your child is discovering their sense of self and will want to try new things, but is still eager to be comforted by you. Celebrate their efforts and help them problem solve through trial and error. These can be challenging times as toddlers assert their new found independence. “No!” becomes their favorite word. You can help guide them through this stage by gently and consistently enforcing rules and modeling self-control by staying calm during tantrums.