Tell baby what to expect
Children really need to learn to trust you, so forecasting and then doing what you say you're going to do is very important, notes Erickson. For kids under 3, a heads-up one or two days before you go is plenty. And don't skip an explanation because you think your child is too young to understand. Your tone of voice and your attitude send a message to your kids before they understand all the words, Erickson explains.