Toddler Development

Toddler Guide

This quarterly guide to your toddler's second year contains information, tips and useful contacts on your toddler's development between one and two years.


Got questions? Head over to the Essential Baby forums to chat with other parents and carers about anything to do with your toddler, including toilet training, food for babies and toddlers, allergies and intollerances and play & activities.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall.

Why do toddlers love playing with mirrors?

Have you ever noticed how many toys for toddlers include mirrors? They're certainly not there so he or she can make sure their hair is perfect.

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It's a very common habit.

This is when your child should stop sucking their thumb

Thumb sucking is a very normal (and endearing) habit that forms when infants are learning to soothe themselves. Babies are born with sucking reflexes and inevitably find their fingers and thumbs (and feet!) in their mouths. However, it can turn into a tricky thing for parents to manage as children get older.

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