Meaning and definition


- One who toddles, especially a young child learning to walk.[1]
- a young child, usually one between the ages of one and two and a half[2]

A toddler is a young child who is of the age of learning to walk, between infancy and childhood. Toddling usually begins at 1 year and continues into the child's forth year. During the toddler stage, the child also learns a great deal about social roles, develops motor skills, and first starts to use language.[3]

When children learn to walk, they are called toddlers. Usually this term is applied to one and two-year-old children. This is a stage in the growth of a child and not a specific age. The toddler stage is very important in a child's life. It is the time between infancy and childhood when a child learns and grows in many ways. Everything that happens to the toddler is meaningful. With each stage or skill the child masters, a new stage begins. This growth is unique to each child. Children have their own time-table. During the toddler stage, most children learn to walk, talk, solve problems, relate to others, and more. One major task for the toddler is to learn to be independent. That is why toddlers want to do things for themselves, have their own ideas about how things should happen, and use "no" many times each day.[4]


* They may grow less quickly than during infancy.
* They may eat less, but they tend to eat frequently throughout the day.
* Most walk without support by 14 months.
* Most walk backward and up steps by 22 months.
* They get better at feeding themselves, although spills should still be expected.
* They drink from a cup with help.
* They can stack blocks.
* They can scribble.


* Children are generally more active than at any other point in their lives.
* They walk, run, climb, walk up and down stairs alone, and dig.
* They throw balls and kick them forward.
* They jump with two feet together.
* They stand on tip toes.
* They take things apart and put them back together. They like to screw and unscrew lids.
* They feel discomfort with wet or soiled diapers.
* They start to show an interest in toilet training.[5]

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[1] The American Heritage® Dictionary
[2] Collins English Dictionary
[5] ibid

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