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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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.


Goodbye cot, nappies

The last month has been all about growing up in our house - Milin now seems like a little boy.

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Toddler to preschooler

Your toddler is growing up and will soon enter the preschooler years. So what lies ahead?

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What happens after toddler?

Your toddler is transitioning into the preschooler years, so what's next for you as a parent?

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A toddler on a mission

Miss A is on a mission, having spurned the buggy in favour of legging it to her destination.

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A toddler's World Cup

Milin wants to run fast with the ball like the players on the TV. He wants to wear his football kit and score goals in our mini net in the garden.

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Toilet training and daycare

We're toilet training our daughter and it's going well, but how do we make sure she stays on track with it when she's at daycare?


Starting toilet training

Potty training is just around the corner in our house, and it's one of the phases of parenting I have least looked forward to.

Toddler bedtime

End bedtime battles

The sleepless toddler is every parent's nightmare. Now researchers are offering a new way to treat it.

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