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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A cast of cuddly friends

Miss A loves her cast of cuddly toys. She cuddles them. She barks orders at them. She uses them to rub breakfast off her face.

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The first sentence

Miss A has uttered her first proper sentence and it goes down in history as: "I done a poo."


Am I not making myself clear?

Miss A is speaking a bunch of mumbled gibberish - a mishmash of consonants and vowels understood by only her.


A good patch

Lately Miss A has been waking up screaming in pain throughout the night and been grizzly during the day.


Socks on, socks off

All kids learn the power of the socks early on. Since Miss A discovered it, she has exploited it to the full.


Afraid of the dark

Bedtime should be a time when kids feel safe and secure, but as kids' imaginations start to grow, so do their fears.

SELFIE-ISH: The instant gratification that smartphones provide today's toddlers is going to be hard to overcome, scientists say.

Study exploring Kiwi kids' vocabulary

Parents of about 1700 toddlers are needed for the country's first study into early language development.

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On the move

While most babies crawl at around nine months, Jasmin is 13 months old. She's faced some challenges but has worked hard to get mobile.

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Learning to talk

Miss A has amassed a small collection of one-word commands to help her communicate the things that are most important to her.

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Cuddly girl

Miss A has been slow to reveal her softer side, but the transition to cuddly girl is complete.

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Comparing kids to others

Comparing your child to others is not always a bad thing.

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