Between friends, family and daycare, it is likely your little one will spend a good amount of time with other people. Sometimes, they will pick up a new fear from someone else.
"Your parent, caregiver or other person's fear will create a fear in the child. If a child falls and you respond by gasping, holding your breath, putting your hand to your mouth or running hysterically to the child, then the child will think there is something to fear," Blake says. "Toddlers' brains are not ready to take all that information in rationally. They could create a lifelong fear due to your reactions or fears."
Experts agree that when a kid falls, we should take a deep breath and remain calm while asking if they are okay. "Let the child get up and see what they do because 99.99 percent of the time they are fine," Blake says. "We create unconscious fears in our children unknowingly."
Plus, with parents' desires to keep their kiddos safe, it's not shocking that a little fear could slip in, too. "Safety is so important, so it can be a mind-boggling time. Try not to let your fear of your child's safety get the best of you to where you get to the point of overreacting," Bozzo says. "You want your kids to feel free to explore, so do everything in your power to create a safe environment."