Comforting a Sick ToddlerEmily McClements
My son was sick this weekend, and while it’s hard to watch your little one struggle with not feeling well, and sometimes it makes them more needy and whiny than normal (which is totally understandable, of course!), there is one advantage for a a mama of a sick toddler.
Extra snuggle time.
My son is usually an on-the-go, never sits still, get into everything kind of kid. But between yesterday and today, I have gotten more sit and snuggle with him time then I have probably had in the past six months.
Yesterday he was having trouble sleeping for his nap, because he had the chills and his fever was breaking, but I knew it was really important that he got his rest. So I sat and held him, and rocked him, while he slept. And it was quiet, and precious, and sweet, and I got to rest a little too!
And today, he crawled into my lap while I was folding clothes and said, “Mama hold me.” He just wanted to sit on my lap and snuggle. Even though I had a lot of things to do today, nothing was more important than stopping and snuggling with my toddler like that. And he just sat there quiet and still as I rubbed his back, and kissed his head, and froze the moment in my memory and my heart because these days are so, so fleeting.
So although I would never wish for my toddler to be sick, I’ll take the extra love and snuggles in whatever form they come!
What is most comforting to your child when they’re sick?