Do you know what a 'toddler' is?

September 17, 2022 5:04 PM
Generally speaking, a toddler is a youngster that is 12 to 36 months old.

The toddler years are a crucial time for social, emotional, and cognitive growth. The word is derived from the verb "to toddle," which describes a youngster of this age walking clumsily.

Developmental Milestones

Developmental milestones include abilities like the first walk, the first smile, and waving "bye-bye." The majority of kids may accomplish developmental milestones by a specific age. Children develop at different stages in their speech, behaviour, learning, and play (like crawling, walking, or jumping).

Toddlers move about more and become more conscious of their environment throughout the second year of life. Their curiosity for unfamiliar things and people is growing as well. In this stage, toddlers become more independent, start to act defiantly, start to identify themselves in mirrors or photographs, and start to copy the actions of others, particularly adults and older kids. Additionally, toddlers should be able to identify the names of well-known people and objects, put simple words and phrases together, and follow simple commands.


Toddler development can be broken down into a number of interrelated areas.[7] There is reasonable consensus about what these areas may include:

  • Physical: growth or an increase in size.
  • Gross motor: the control of large muscles which enable walking, running, jumping and climbing.
  • Fine motor: the ability to control small muscles; enabling the toddler to feed themselves, draw and manipulate objects.
  • Vision: the ability to see near and far and interpret what is seen.
  • Hearing and speech: the ability to hear and receive information and listen (interpret), and the ability to understand and learn language and use it to communicate effectively.[8]
  • Social: the ability to interact with the world through playing with others, taking turns and fantasy play.

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