A toddler is either male
or female gender who is just learning to walk. This is the
progression between infancy and childhood. Usually between the
ages of 12-24 months an infant moves into the toddler stage.
The toddler stage is very important as during this time the
child learns and develops motor skills and social roles. This
time period includes when a toddler begins the ability to point
at objects they want you to see.
Often referred to as “the terrible twos’” this period of life
can be very trying for the parents with all the temper tantrums
for which the name implies.
This web site will deal with the development of a toddler, the
pitfalls and the blessings that arise from this critical time of
growth. As anyone who has had the luxury of being around small
children the development age differs greatly for each child.
Most children start experimenting with walking around 12 months
old. As the infant becomes mobile, they begin to discover their
boundaries of their surroundings. This process varies greatly
depending on the toddler’s physical surroundings, physical
strength, culture, motivation, and parent / adult interactions.
During the toddler stag of life is when the wonderful world of
talking occurs. Usually around 12 months old, the toddler speaks
their first word. Adding words to their vocabulary is slow
during this time frame, but on the average around 18 months they
will drastically increase the use of words.
On average a toddler until their 18th month knows about 50
words. It is common for a 18-month-old to start learning between
7-9 new words a day. This usually occurs about the same time the
toddler discovers their reflection in a mirror are themselves.
At this time the toddler also starts developing feelings of
embarrassment and pride.
As the toddler develops and nears the 21-22 month age, they
incorporate two word phrases and at this time become proficient
at directing their wants and needs to anyone nearby.
The toddler stag also is associated with the time when the child
becomes toilet trained. Usually before the toddlers 18 months,
parents and child care facilitators in Western countries begin
toilet training. In some parts of the world toilet training is
not completed until the child is 3 years of age. Like all child
activities of accomplishments, there is no set period of time
for a toddler to become toilet trained, some learn in a week and
others may take a few months.