Toddlers: 1 and 2 Year Olds

Children this age are called toddlers because they toddle—walk and move—with growing confidence and skill. Toddlers always seem to be running, jumping and climbing. They’re bundles of energy and emotion. They are starting to question everything around them. You’ll need to set limits. What they want to do and what they can do are not always the same.

Toddlers go through many changes in just a couple of years. Younger toddlers are very different from older toddlers. For this reason, we have separated some of the information in the toddler section into:

  • young toddlers (12-18 months)

  • older toddlers (18 months-3 years)

  • Developmental charts

    While each child grows and develops at her own pace, her overall development follows a pattern. Go here to find some of the developmental tasks and milestones for toddlers from 12 to 18 months, 18 months to 2 years, and 2 years old.

  • Growing together

    This stage is sometimes called the ‘terrible twos’ because coping with a toddler’s constant energy and emotion can be very demanding. Learn more about your toddler at this age and how you can help her develop important skills.

  • Eating

    Children’s weight and height increase at a slower rate after they are 1 year old. Their eating patterns change and they eat smaller amounts. Learn more here.

  • Everyday care

    Your toddler wants to do more things on her own, but she still needs your help to teach her how to stay clean and healthy. Learn about caring for your toddler's teeth and mouth, sleeping, toilet teaching and dressing.

  • Family health

    Learn why regular health check-ups continue to be an important part of your family's health as your toddler gets older.

  • Preventing injuries

    Toddlers are curious and very active explorers. Because they can now climb, slide, swing, open doors and move quickly, they are more likely to get into dangerous situations. Learn more about preventing injuries.

  • Growing and learning with your toddler

    Toddlers are changing every day. They need lots of time to explore and play. They are busy trying to understand their world and are learning to think. Go here to find out more about growing and learning with your toddler.

  • Taking care of yourselves

    Every stage of your child’s life will bring new joys and challenges. You will continue to learn new skills as a parents. Here are a few suggestions for living with a busy toddler.

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