My little guy just turned 1, and I'm having a hard time with him. The baby thing, while gruelling, was relatively simple. He had about four potential needs (food, potty, snuggles, sleep), and I just had to figure out which one to meet at any given moment.
Well now, he's a toddler. He wants things. He gets frustrated. And he's not walking yet and not particularly verbal. He has a handful of words ("Daddy," "Mama," "doggy," "stick") but doesn't use them to communicate "I want the____." It's more like, "Oh, look, it's a ____."
We do sign to him, and he's started signing back but in his own way....what I thought was "milk" (it's the sign that *I* do for milk, anyway) seems to really mean "thing that I want."
He's started resisting bedtime--freaking out when he realizes that the bedtime routine, the one that ends with sleep, is what is going on.
So, anyway, I want to do the thing I always do when I have a problem: read. When I was pregnant, I literally read 30+ books on pregnancy, birth, and baby care. No book can prepare you for everything, but I really felt like I had a ton of resources. I've read lots of good stuff on parenting older toddlers--ones you can talk with! I feel more prepared for that. I've taken care of kids that age before. But this stage--I've never done it, and I haven't read anything on it. All the stuff I've read recommends ideas that are beyond my son's ability (like, for example, offering choices. If I show him two shirts and then start to dress him in whichever one he happened to put his hand on first, he wriggles and fusses as much as if I hadn't given him a choice at all).
So, what are your favorite books for this in-between stage? Or...ideas, generally.