4 Top Tips for Tackling Toddler Tantrums, Plus the Top 50 Baby Names of 2017

by Hollie Taylor 2 years ago in advice

Advice for any parent, grandparent, or anyone around children!

4 Top Tips for Tackling Toddler Tantrums, Plus the Top 50 Baby Names of 2017

So here's the thing: I have wonderful twin boys ❤️. They are three and their "terrible twos" has arrived late. We've had some pretty award-winning performances from our angelic-faced boys at home, in public, ...anywhere. I know how you feel about being stared at!

So, here are some tips for you...I have compiled a few calming methods and magpie'd some. These work quickly on my little ones and are my top four methods, and I swear by them.

1. Breathing It out Towards the Clouds

Gain your toddler's or child's attention during the moment of fury they are having and just say (calmly) "look at the clouds ☁️ ," say "copy me...breathe in (deep breaths) and then breathe out." Do this as many as ten times. Once calmed, explain that the clouds can take their angry and sad feelings away with the wind. Explain that they can do this anytime they need to. Then hug it out. ☺

2. Calm Down Corner

This helps anxiety as well. If they feel angry, they can go to the calm down corner (filled will cushions, cuddly toys, sensory lights) and relax by themselves or with a loved one if they wish to calm. I'd recommend intervening after a few minutes to see if they feel like talking. Be sure to make them aware you're there to talk when they are ready.

3. Slingy

This is a good breathing and stretching method to calm negative feelings. Standing with their feet wide and slingy in both hands, tell them to breathe in, and as they do, stretch the slingy as wide as they can. Hold it for five seconds. Then, breathe out and bring the slingy back together. Repeat five times.

4. Calm Down Jar

I made this in about ten minutes (I used a plastic one). Fill with water, a pot or two of glitter, and a big squirt of PVA kid's glue, and a little paint to colour the water or food dye. Mix well. Replace the lid and seal tightly. The idea is that you shake it and pass to them. They sit and watch the glitter settle and, as they do, the feelings settle, too.☺

So, it's the new year and we're all reminiscing about how successful or unsuccessful 2017 was. It got my brain working on what was popular in 2017 and wondering what 2018 will bring!

For some, a new bundle of joy in form of a baby!

So if that applies to you, I created a list of names that were very popular in 2017!

So you're struggling to think of names for your baby/babies on the way? I did the research and compiled a Top 50 List (25 Girls Names and 25 Boys Names). Enjoy and let me know if you choose one of last year's favourites on the list! :-).

PS: this is NOT in alphabetical order!


  1. August
  2. Aubrey
  3. Eva
  4. Paisley
  5. Willow
  6. Iris
  7. Savannah
  8. Chloe
  9. Luna
  10. Hannah
  11. Hazel
  12. Grace
  13. Lily
  14. Natalia
  15. Darcy
  16. Melissa
  17. Summer
  18. April
  19. Scarlett
  20. Harper
  21. Sophia
  22. Nora
  23. Penelope
  24. Mila
  25. Aria


  1. Conner
  2. Elijah
  3. Owen
  4. Jeremiah
  5. Noah
  6. Liam
  7. Mason
  8. Aiden
  9. Jacob
  10. Lucas
  11. James
  12. Oliver
  13. Ethan
  14. Caleb
  15. Joshua
  16. Benjamin
  17. Alexander
  18. Sebastian
  19. Tristan
  20. Toby
  21. Caleb
  22. Carter
  23. Joseph
  24. Dylan
  25. Ryan

Throughout 2018, I will see how this changes and update on my findings!

—Hollie Taylor

Hollie Taylor
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