Toddlers are at the stage where they have an enormous interest in the whole world, but don’t have very efficient ways of dealing with what the world throws at them, so they can be wildly upset by very minor events.
It can be tempting to see it from an adult perspective and think that they are being silly, but really they are simply being a toddler – they can’t see the world as we do and don’t have any choice in their reactions.
You will be the best judge of your own toddler, and more often than not be able to work out what is going wrong for them. It may be being over-tired or hungry or thirsty that has set them off, or they may be bored but not realised it.
When a toddler is whining or grizzling, it can be good if you can manage it, rather than ignore the behaviour. Distract them with an activity, or if you do think they are hungry or thirsty give them a snack or a drink. If they are upset because you have said ‘no’ try not to reverse your decision, or they will learn that whinging will get them what they want.
It can be a good idea to have a few small baby gifts, toys or playthings tucked away to get out at times of stress so that they are new to your toddler and immediately distract them.