Toddler milestones

It is important to realise that a child’s developmental progress does vary greatly, and is not a race.

Toddlers: 13 to 15 months

It's all happening now... your little baby is becoming a toddler. Read on for some helpful advice on some of the changes you can expect in the next three months. What an exciting year you have ahead.

Your toddler - 16 to 18 months

Toddlers of 18 months indicate caring for parents, siblings, and other relatives and caregivers and give hugs, kisses and gentle pats.

Toddlers - 19 to 21 months

When toddlers are frustrated they usually react in the only way they know - they throw a tantrum. Anger, fear and jealousy can also bring on a tantrum.

Toddlers - 22 to 24 months

Your toddler is fast approaching their second birthday. Find out about toilet training, disturbed nights, independence and how to put on a birthday party for a two-year-old.


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Toddlers - 25-27 months

Welcome to the period many people call the terrible twos - when tantrums, nose picking and distate for new food can become the new norm.

28 to 30 months

Toddlers - 28 to 30 months

At 28 to 20 months, your toddler’s memory enables her to recall events and people and easily find objects that are hidden from her.

31 to 33 months

Toddlers - 31 to 33 months

Your toddler's vocabulary will be growing and she might be ready to transition to a bed.

34 to 36

Toddlers - 34 to 36 months

The terrible twos are winding down and she's becoming much more independent.

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Bedtime battles

"Just one more story ... I'm thirsty ... I need to go the toilet ... I want a biscuit ... but I don't want to go to sleep!"

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The baby illusion

It is one of the universal truths of parenthood: the moment you hold your new baby in your arms, your older child somehow appears to instantly grow bigger.


Explaining death to a child

How do you tell a three-year-old someone they know and love has passed away? I favour just telling them straight.


These feet were made for walking

Watching your child take their first steps is a great joy, but there's a huge variation in the age at which kids start walking.


In the tantrums

What happened to our upbeat, endlessly distractable little boy?

Miss K

Little photographer

It's interesting to see life through the eyes of a three-year-old. Miss K has been taking snaps of life in the Calman household.


The smells of childhood

In the past, studies have shown that memories triggered by smells are more vivid and emotional than those sparked by sounds, words or even pictures.

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Behavioural sleep problems

If a child learns to use a fork or brush their teeth, they can learn to stay in their bed and cope with being alone.


Interview with Baxter

So what does a three-year-old who's travelling the world for a year think of the experience? Baxter tells his side of the story.

Miss K

What's a stag do?

After becoming a parent my chances to hang out with a bunch of blokes have become few and far between.

Miss K

Postie in training

Miss K has had her first taste of delivering circulars and is thinking of picking it up full time.

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